Interesting Characteristics About Black Cats

By Ameera Mills. Updated: November 21, 2018
Interesting Characteristics About Black Cats

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Although black cats have been victims of a bad reputation for centuries, nowadays thankfully, this stigmatization has decreased. This is thanks to the fact that they are animals with a mysterious character and a very special personality. Black cats have several interesting characteristics. One of the most obvious myths is that black cats bring bad luck. This myth is so widespread that studies have shown black cats are less likely to be adopted because of their color.

Whether you already have a black cat or are interested in adopting one, there is no need to be superstitious. In fact, we encourage you to read all about the good virtues and characteristics of black cats. Keep reading here at AnimalWised to find out how special they are and how deserving they are of receiving love.

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The history of black cats

The belief that black cats bring bad luck is the result of a bad and lasting reputation that these animals have suffered for centuries. Back in the Middle Ages, religion was radicalized and humans began to accuse witchcraft to all those women who did not follow their doctrines. Many religions even claimed that these people would be transformed into felines, whom were also demonized and burned in bonfires. That's why seeing a black cat was became equivalent to that of seeing a witch, hence the superstition that they bring bad luck.

This legend was popularized during the time of witch hunts and has since been declining as the years have passed. Unfortunately, however, many people still think that crossing a black cat will bring some kind of negativity.

Luckily, in many other times and cultures, black cats were sacred and were considered as, for example, representations of Egyptian cat goddesses. In such cases, killing them was punishable by death and they were mummified together with their owners. This was done in order for them to be able to reincarnate in the future.

In Scottish culture having a black cat at home is considered good luck. Old sailors, for example, believed that having a cat on board their ship was a sign of good fortune. In Victorian England, it was believed that if a newly married couple crossed paths with a black cat this would bring prosperity to their marriage.

Black cats have enjoyed both good and bad reputations for centuries. However, knowing the truth behind the characteristics of black cats, one can distinguish that our fate does not in fact depend on them.

Interesting Characteristics About Black Cats - The history of black cats

Characteristics of black cats

One of the characteristics of black cats is their beautifully colored coat. Despite the negative connotations it represents, the color black is also associated with: mystery, elegance, fidelity, passive force, infinity and silence.

Despite superstitions, black cats are one of the most affectionate and playful cats. Black cats also tend to have a very close relationship with their owners and they are very grateful for love when it is received. They love to sleep at their owner’s feet when their in bed or cuddle their owners on the couch. Black cats, like most cats, are very intuitive and distrustful of people and other animals. If threatened, these cats have a tendency of fleeing from the environment. They also tend to be shy when first introduced to strangers but once they feel that there is no threat of danger, they will slowly let themselves open up.

It is also important to know that during periods of heat, black cats are very sexually active and tend to be very noisy and hyperactive. For these reasons, it is recommended to sterilize them when possible to thus avoid accidents or escape. On the other hand, if they are not in heat, black cats tend to be calm and tame animals and can live together peacefully.

In short, a black cat’s character is generally: calm, intuitive, shy and very affectionate.

Black Cat Breeds

At the moment, there are two black cat breeds which are well-known: The European shorthair black cat and the Bombay black cat.

The European shorthair are known to be completely black but in some cases carry white hairs on their fur. In contrast, Bombay black cats emerged in the 1950s in the United States, more specifically in Kentucky, when a llama breeder N. Horner crossed brown Burmese cats with American black shorthair cats. These cats tend to be thicker than ordinary Europeans shorthairs, with facial features more like American shorthairs.

Both black cat breeds are very similar physically and have a similar personality and character.

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I have a black furbaby named Nyx. I rescued her from the humane society here in Michigan. She is sweet,loving,very shy with strangers(even hearing their voices), and extremely vocal🐱 Quite mischievous also!
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Thanks for sharing!
My little Iris is the most affectionate and playful girl. She’s a purring machine. Very shy, though.
i have a black cat and it is the most unaffectionate cat. He wont let you hold him or pet him or sit with you. He plays very little and the only time that he would rub against you is when he needs food. Other then that he does absolutely nothing
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