Black cat appreciation day
#blackcatday Today is Black cat appreciation day! Isn’t this one just gorgeous? Psst.. in some cultures Black Cats are said to bring good luck to their owners…
Here are some interesting black cat facts:
The black fur gene is recessive, so a cat must carry two copies of it to be black.
Scientists have found genetic mutations among several different kinds of cats that caused them to be black, meaning they are favored in nature.
Scientists also discovered that the mutations affect a gene related to one that’s resistant to HIV in humans, leading some to theorize that black cats may be resistant to disease.
In Europe, poor, lonely women often fed alley cats. When witch hysteria hit, many of these homeless women were accused of witchcraft, and their feline companions (especially black ones) were deemed guilty by association.
The Egyptian goddess Bast was thought to take the form of a black cat, so many ancient Egyptians owned black cats as a way to court her favor.
According to British lore, a black cat’s presence in a house will bring a young woman many suitors.
The British also believe that a black cat will bring its owner good luck, but coming across one accidentally brings bad luck.