I’m superstitious. I throw salt over my shoulder to blind passing witches and will never pick up a penny unless it’s head’s up. I knock on wood to stun the fairies (they’re mischievous), and I don’t like crossing under ladders.
BUT… I love the number 13, and I love black cats. Did you know that black cats are the least adopted? Did you know that October is a dangerous month for these precious animals due to their completely unfair reputation?
I don’t personally have any black cats right now, but I have in the past. My sister in law has always had black cats, and they’re exactly the same as other cats. Except, you know… they’re black. Normally, I like scary stories, but not at the expense of a living thing.
So where did the whole black cats being unlucky thing come from? Well, it comes from a couple of different places, but it boils down to black cats being evil, and often blamed for being a witch’s familiar. Because we all know how often “old woman” and “cat” goes in the same sentence, right? Apparently a witch was just the earliest crazy cat lady. Here’s a link if you want a more in-depth explanation.
I bring this up because I want you to realize that there are some people who are superstitious out there. If you have a beloved black kitty, please keep him or her close to home in October especially. And next time you go to adopt, remember that black kitties need homes too.
What’s your favorite superstition?