You see, growing up I had never been around cats, and I came from a family that were not fans of them. Let me correct that, my Mother HATED them (and frankly, much to my dismay and displeasure, still does). My first real experience with cats wasn't until I was 15.
So, for more years than I should admit, I was one of millions of foolish, (a kind term), people who believed the outdated myth that black cats were bad luck.
Unfortunately, my experience with black cats prior to blogging had me believing that they were rather hyper and a tad crazy. I was guilty of an offense that was not only deplorable, but ridiculous. I was committing an offense that humans commit with other humans, but I was committing this offense with cats. I judged black cats simply by their color.
|Yes! I colored this!|
It is from one of the coloring books that I own
from Kaleidoscope Coloring, Magnificent Creatures and More
which my sister-in-law purchased for me from Five Below
People who believe(d) the antiquated myth, as I did, that black cats are bad luck, are the reason why black cats not only wait at shelters to be adopted more than many other cats, they are also more likely to be put to sleep than other cats who are waiting for their forever homes at shelters. They are also more likely to be victims of horrible abuse at Halloween due to the evil ways they are portrayed in an assortment of books and movies..
Prejudice against animals because of the color of their fur is just as reprehensible as prejudice against people due to the color of their skin. IT MUST STOP!!
|Via Grayson County Humane Society Leitchfield, KY Grayson|
As a result of blogging, (which I began nearly seven years ago), I have had the pleasure of visiting a number of these exquisite, panther-like cats , on a regular basis. Through these blogs and a host of others, I have seen and more importantly LEARNED that BLACK CATS ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER CAT!!!!! Here is just a tiny sampling of the blogs which helped me to learn about and to love black cats. They are:
(as I mentioned these are just a sampling of some great bloggers who share their lives with some pretty pawesome black cats, there are many, many other blogs that I follow who also have the pleasure of living with some of the most gorgeous black cats I have ever seen. These were just the first that popped into my mind and are blogs where the black cats are not mixed with any white.)
NONE of them are experiencing ANY bad luck as a result of living with black cats! BLACK CATS ARE AS LOVING AND LOVABLE AS CATS OF ANY OTHER COLOR!!!
|Photo Courtesy of https://www.pinterest.com/dailylolpics/|
So today, on Black Cat Appreciation Day, let's take a moment and honor these feline specimens of purrfection who in no way deserve the bad rap that they often get. Instead, let's honor them and extol them for the incredible creatures that they are, kudos to those who have dedicated their lives to showing the world that: