A Friday the 13th Myth, Busted

close up of Missy's face in a classic portrait pose, looking slightly to the left of the camera

Greetings my little ear twitchers! If you haven’t noticed, it’s Friday the 13th, a day of silly superstitions and mistaken myths. And some of them revolve around the most misunderstood of all felines – the black cat.

My raven-coated cousins have been associated with bad omens, witchcraft, crummy luck and other falsehoods. It’s simply unfair. They are no more likely to cause harm than their mild-mannered tabby cousins. Frankly, it’s a form of feline racism and I feel it’s my duty as a cat of privilege to do what I can to help erase these harmful stereotypes.

Black Cat Facts

Cat science has deduced that night-shaded cats may have evolved that way over time as a safety mechanism. Who else can slip through the night unseen? They have stronger immune systems than lighter-coloured cats. There are more breeds of black cats than any other type. And yet, they’re harder to find families for because human beans can be foolish.

Two happy black cats sitting beside each other.
Uncle Dave’s two black cats were sisters.

My beloved Uncle Dave, who passed away earlier this year, loved black cats and made it his personal mission to change their lot in life. Dave always paid me special attention. Helping to carry on his mission is a privilege.

Changing the Myths

So please, when someone brings up that old chestnut about not letting a black cat cross your path, remind them that they should be so lucky! Any cat crossing your path, on Friday the 13th or any other day, is a good omen. A black one might need a little more love and encouragement to build up its self esteem. Please join me in helping them realize they’re gorgeous and worthy beans.

But the walking under the ladder thing? Ladders can find their own advocate for all I care!

Until next time my little bug trackers, I remain your friend,

Miss Sugar

2 thoughts on “A Friday the 13th Myth, Busted”

  1. Have you heard the one about tuxedo cats being the smartest cats? I know at least one cat who is determined to prove it’s wrong.

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