The Art of Lucky Black Cats

Black cat luck

Do you think black cats are lucky? If you don’t, we hope to change your mind over the next six weeks. Think of October as Black Cat Awareness Month. Starting this Wednesday until Halloween, Cat Wisdom 101 will feature a curated collection of black cat art from antique advertising to wacky vintage sculpture. We’ll be sharing tidbits of black cat lore and feature real black cats who need a home. We’ll also be sharing my black cat art like “Black is the new Black” one a several new pieces I created recently. During this campaign, 100% of proceeds of black cat art will be donated to the A.S.P.C.A.

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It’s hard to believe but not everyone thinks black cats are beautiful or desirable. The truth is black cats in North America are the least favored for adoption. Why? For no good reason. These sleek, smart house panthers are mired in superstitions dating back to the Middle Ages when all cats but especially black cats were wrongly associated with witchcraft. The witch hunt, sanctioned by the Roman Catholic church raged on for 300 years, killing millions innocent women and cats. With the cat population decimated, vermin with fleas carrying Y.pestis spread bubonic plague killing over 25 million Europeans. But hello, aren’t we in the 21st Century? Isn’t it time we put this old myth to rest?

Ironically, black cat grew to be considered lucky in England, Scotland and Ireland. This collection of vintage of “lucky black cat” souvenirs are from the U.K.

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Meet Mercedes. A sweet black beauty

She had a beautiful little family of three kittens and was a very good mother. She nursed them, taught them good kitty manners, and they were all adopted right away. That was in November of 2008. She’s been at the PAWS shelter for five long years and still waiting for a forever home. She’s shy and quiet and would do best in a quiet home without kids or dogs. Enjoys the company of other cats, and likes to be gently brushed. She is about 6 years-old and  is spayed, current on all her vaccinations, micro-chipped and has tested negative for FIV and FeLV. If you’d like to learn more about her, visit or Apply to adopt Mercedes

Thank you for loving black cats!

31 thoughts on “The Art of Lucky Black Cats”

  1. I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this blog. I really hope to check out the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very own blog now 😉

  2. My human’s first cat was a black cat and a lot of people were very unreasonable (like, not using reason) around her and the kitty, including in her family (not the very direct one though). The cat gave my human so much happiness, she really didn’t understand the bad mouthing.


  3. I just hope all black cats in shelters stay safe this Halloween. I’m pet sitting a semi-feral black cat this week; he looks quite a lot like the cat on the top of the page. Squeaker is my Wordless Wednesday boy today.

  4. I’ve always believed that having a black cat in the household was lucky but I never knew where that came from. I kinda thought my mom made it up, now I know!

    Unfortunately I have a twist on that, I believe that I am unlucky for black cats. I’ve had several in my life but something bad always happened to them. But I’ve never adopted a cat with color in mind. There’s more to it than that.

    Great promotion!

  5. BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    we cannot fathom why anyone sees color and not heart,spirit and soul, after all LOVE IS BLIND!!!!
    Thank you Layla for showing the beautiful kittys looking for love. We pray and purr that all kittys find safety,happiness,health and love.
    Luvs Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang >^..^<

  6. Mercedes is SUCH a wonderful kitty! She loves being pet, and gently talked with. She’s come such a long way, and now all she needs is someone to fall in love with her. Thank you for featuring her, Layla!

  7. Growing up we had a long haired black kitty named Sam. He was the sweetest cat. And I used to have another long haired black kitty named Cookie. She was adorable. She passed ages ago. Black kitties are so pretty.

  8. black cats rool…..sure eye had me half milk mouse stash N sum socks…..but my mom said eye wuz… N iz…. one oh de nicest, sweetest kittehs her haz ever known…

    sauce of fishbone

  9. One of the “before” cats here was all black and out Mum has a love of them (of course we are from the UK!). I am black and white which Mum tells me is very smart.
    Luv Hannah (from Hannah and Lucy)xx xx

  10. I love black cats. Had one growing up and now we have MAO!

    The one growing up was all black and as sweet as could be. Never a peep out of him, but he would sleep with you wihen you were ill.


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