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The Art of Kindness is Color Blind: Black Cats Count

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The Art of Kindness is Color Blind: Black Cats Count on Black Cat Awareness Month by Layla Morgan Wilde

Kindness is a lifestyle we learn at home. Kids can be cruel: teasing, throwing rocks at cats or worse. Kindness is contagious and kids quickly learn what is acceptable behavior by observing the world around them. Little boys often get a bad rap for animal cruelty but for every bad apple there’s many more who love and not hate cats. I love this vintage photo of a boy and his black cat who doesn’t need convincing how wonderful black cats are!

vintage photograp ofh boy and black cat





















If you’ve been following our black cat awareness series, you’ll know we’ve been helping Mid-Hudson Animal Aid, a shelter north of us in Beacon, N.Y which needed to evacuate 150+ cats recently after a tragic fire. Their October Newsletter is tribute to the kindness of strangers and community. It memorializes the eight cats who lost their lives and the power of kindness or evil. If you read nothing else, please read the story of Atlas a cat who couldn’t catch a break but died a hero. Or the story about Phoenix, a little ginger tabby found in a gutter near death from kids throwing rocks but survived.

black cat art postcard

Our tale of two kitties spotlight is on two rescued black cats from Mid-Hudson who need forever homes. Many shelters do not adopt black cats before Halloween but it’s okay to meet with them. Bashful is a handsome black cat. Look at those eyes! Rescued from a feral colony as kitten, he’s come a long way and is very adoptable. Check him out in action in this short video clip.

Bashful - check out my video!


Meet Destiny. She’s a tiny, affectionate gal who has only known shelter life since kittenhood, but hopes a forever home is her destiny. She’s a bit shy at first and then warms up. To learn more about either of these black beauties, email [email protected]


vintage black cat teapot

A lucky black cat teapot dates for the 1950s. An adorable cat with goldfish are mid-century salt and pepper shakers. Black cats, long considered lucky have graced cards, postcards and ephemera of every kind since Victorian times. Black, white, orange, gray or brown, it doesn’t matter what color cats are.

Let’s be color blind in our love of cats no matter what their stripe.

vintage black cat art postcard

vintage black cat salt & pepper shakers

Will you be the salt to my pepper?
I spotted this cat in a parking lot where a limo driver petted it.
don't judge-cat-by its-color-quote-black


  • Cathy Keisha

    Great images. Beautiful kitties. This week in the news here a bunch of kids in Queens were playing catch with a kitten until one of them threw the cat into oncoming traffic. This was a 12 year old girl who told onlookers she’d do it again.

  • Skeeter and Izzy

    May St Francis bless and protect all the kitties everywhere.
    Our children learn by what they see and hear…………cruelty and aggression in our children speaks volumes about our society.
    There isn’t an evil cat that has ever been born nor ever will be born,that distinction is one that only applies to the human species…you know the ones that are supposed to have the advanced intelligence….
    Bless everyone that fights for animals and helps them and teaches others to do the same.
    Luvs Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Peanut and Twig >^..^<

    • george welsh

      im 78yrs old and on 10/15/2013 my wife and i lost our beautiful black cat to age and illness.we are brokenhearted. ive never had an animal show me such love. we are having alots of trouble dealing with it. any suggestions???????????????????

      • Layla Morgan Wilde

        My deep condolences to you and you wife. Losing a beloved cat like yours is hard and your grief is fresh. There’s no quick fix to heal a broken heart. Please know all the feelings you have are normal and the pet grieving process goes up and down like a yo yo and can be very similar to losing a human. I’m writing a book of pet loss and will have a questionnaire available soon if you’d like to participate in my study. I might be helpful.

  • Alana Grelyak

    Black cats are fabulous. We have one here and, last night, he insisted on holding hands with me while we slept. Even when I turned over, he relocated and stuck his little paws back in my palms. People CAN be cruel sometimes, but we can hope to educate them and change the future for black cats in America. Shared. – Alana.

  • Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

    It’s reeeeally disturbing to hear about a cat near death from CHILDREN throwing rocks. *shudder*

    We’re total black cat enthusiasts at our home. It would be a toss-up who we would choose to add to our ranks next: a differently abled cat or a black one.

  • Kitties Blue

    I am a huge fan of black cats and if I ever have a windfall of money, I am starting a sanctuary for black cats. Of course, all cats would be welcome, but I would make sure no black cat went unwanted. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    de veree best oh fishes two ewe bashful N destiny…we hope ya both finds yur forevers home like quik…even quiker…like rite now…

  • Sparkle

    That fire was such a heartbreaking thing to happen. The newsletter made me sad, but it also made me glad for humans who go beyond the call of duty for kitties in need.

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