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Hood River Boarding and Black Cat Myths and Superstitions from Around the World

Black Cat Superstitions from Around the World

It’s the right time of year to be thinking about some spooky and otherworldly things, so we’d thought we’d take a look at some entertaining black cat myths this October. There are more than one. In fact, people across the world have created their own black cat superstitions. Here are just a few of them!

Black Cats with Witches

If you think of witches when you see black cats, there’s a reason for that. Back in the Middle Ages, people started to associate the black cat with evil, just as they started to see witches everywhere. These nocturnal animals roamed around at night, which made them seem suspicious. Here are just a few things people thought about black cats:

  • They were supernatural servants or familiars of witches.
  • They were actually witches in disguise.

In either case, they were frequently viewed as evil creatures to be feared and shunned. This was such a strong belief that many black cats were burned alongside their “witches” during witch burnings.

Black Cats as Good Luck

Depending on where you live, you might consider black cats to be good luck or bad luck. For instance, in Asia and the U.K., coming across a black cat is considered good luck. Many believe that if you dream of black cats, that’s lucky. If you come across a black cat and find a white hair on it, that’s lucky too. These are just a few of the many black cat superstition examples out there.

Black Cats as Bad Luck

In North America, it’s considered bad luck to come across a black cat—specifically, if a black cat crosses your path. Back in 16th century Italy, it was bad luck for a black cat to lie on someone’s sick bed, because it was believed that the person would die. A similar belief suggests that running across a black cat during a funeral processional portends the death of another family member. As with the black cat myths focused on good luck, the bad luck has several different versions and interpretations.

It’s fun to ponder where these beliefs originated from and how they evolved. Which black cat superstition do you most identify with? Comment below and tell us what you think. And don’t worry, at Cascade Pet Camp, our Hood River pet boarding is open to all – even black cats!