Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17th
By: Danielle Bardwell
In some parts of the world black cats are viewed as good luck, but in other parts of the world they are viewed as bad luck. Black cat appreciation day was created in 2011 to help debunk myths surrounding black cats and to help paint these majestic creatures in a more positive light.
Throughout history there have been many differing opinions on these felines. Ireland, Japan, and ancient Egypt depicted black cats as symbols of good luck, protection, and prosperity. In parts of Europe and America black cats are portrayed as symbols of bad luck, death, and the devil. The history of each of these perceptions are based on myths and legends and they have been discredited this day in age.
How to celebrate
- Adopt a black cat
Unfortunately, due to negative connotations to black cats, they have a lower rate of adoption at some shelters. By adopting one of these cute companions, you are giving them the chance at a great life beyond the shelter walls.
- Post pictures and stories of your black cat on social media
Show your friends and family happy and funny memories you share with your pet to boost positive associations to black cats.
- Donate or volunteer with a local shelter
Helping out local shelters is a great way to support all kinds of animals. By donating your time or resources, shelters can save more animals and ensure they have what they need to live a happy and healthy life.
- Watch a movie or a show featuring black cats like Hocus Pocus, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, or Star Trek
Grab some popcorn and have a movie night with family or friends in honor of black cat appreciation day.
- Spend time with your cat and give them some extra love
Celebrate the cat you already have by showing them how loved they are! You could give them an extra treat, a new toy, or some additional snuggles.
By bringing awareness and positive vibes towards these beautiful beings we can redefine what it means if you happen to cross paths with a black cat!