Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Aug 17 is National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Ivy, our FIV 12 year old cat.  She is rust colored along with black.

All of us black cats of Wildcat Woods are hosting today.  Today is National Black Cat Appreciation Day - to honor these lovely house panthers and  raise awareness that black cats (and dogs) are the last to get adopted and the first to be euthanized in most shelters across the US.

The reasons are many - they don't photograph well indoors, don't show up well in cages, and have superstitions concerning them dating to medieval ages. We need to tell people how great black cats (and dogs) are!

Black cats have a long history. They were probably the first color variety to arise from the ancestral tabby.  The black mutation  is thought to have originated in the eastern Mediterranean and the cats then spread by Phoenician traders.  Today the highest concentration of black cats are found in Britain, northwest Africa, the Mediterranean, Rome and Florence.

Minnie, shiny black with a sprinkling of white hairs on her neck.

We have some great reasons everyone should adopt a black cat:

Black goes with everything!  If your car seats are black, our hairs won't show.  The same goes for your suits and dresses.

Plus sized Mamacita who is all black.

You can find us easily  in the snow! 

Mamacita's daughter Rosa

Black goes with every decor - we will make your home look elegant and in style.

Tiny Sweetpea at 5 lbs with a white locket.

In some countries, like the UK, a black cat crossing your path means good luck.  Winston Churchill owned a black cat named Nelson.

Some experts think the mutation that caused the color black also make black cats less aggressive, less timid and more laid back than their striped tabby mates.

So pass this on to enlighten others about the greatness of black cats!  And please adopt them - you will literally be saving their lives.


Angel Prancer Pie said...

Great Black Cat Appreciation Day post! Many things we did not know! Happy Wednesday. xoxo

Sparkle said...

Black cats are awesome! The only reason we don't have one here is just because it happened to work out that way. My human has had black kitties in the past.

catsynth said...

Wonderful photos of black cats. Of course for us, every day is black cat appreciation day!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Excellent post! Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day...and here's to more black kitties finding wonderful forever homes!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

I had two beautiful black panther cats way back in my twenties. They were rescue cats, a brother and sister. I loved them dearly and still think about them and love them some 30 years later. Black cats are wonderful. I wouldn't hesitate in adopting another black cat ~ in the UK we believe black cats bring good luck.

(Milo and Alfie's mom)

Old Kitty said...

One of my first kitties was called Happy and he was an all black kitty with the tiniest white dot on his chest. I miss him so much. He was so lovely and such a character and was a very confident and laid back kitty. I don't understand why black kitties are viewed with such disdain. It's so so so so sad. They are so gorgeous!

Yay for National Black Cat Appreciation Day!! Minni, Mamacita, Rosa and Sweetpea are BEAUTIFUL! Take care

Mariodacat said...

Happy Black Cat Wednesday. I'm so happy we can celebrate them - well me too cuz I'm half and half.

Random Felines said...

Happy Black Cat Day!!! Mom loves our house panther and agrees that these cats & dogs are overlooked for all the wrong reasons.

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

Black cats are pawsome!!!!!!!! Somehow in all the turmoil at our house, mama missed the fact that today was Black Cat Day.....our Sammy is upset with her and in a total snit!!!!!!!!!

Love to y'all.

meowmeowmans said...

What a great post! Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day, friends!

Cat said...

I love black cats and have no idea why people get so silly about them. I sometimes wonder why I don't have a black cat, hopefully there will be one in my future someday :-)

Hannah and Lucy said...

Mum had a pure black cat called Max before us - he wouldn't let a dog come anywhere near mum - in fact when she went to look at kittens at the Cats Proctection League he climbed up the legs of her jeans and wouldn't go down until she put him in a basket and took him home with her. He used to chase woofies away if they came too near to her.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Marg said...

Those are some good looking black cats. We of course love ours a lot. They do seem to be more laid back than the orange ones and especially the tortie ones.They do make terrific cats. Hope you got some rest. Big hugs to Chica.

Admiral Hestorb said...

I love Black Cat Appreciation Day. That is all my mom had before we 2 Tortie girls picked her to be our mom.

Brian's Home Blog said...

Happy Black Cat Day, I appreciate each of you! Black cats rock!!!

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

We love youre Black Cat Appreciation Day post !
Mom agrees with efurything , especially about that hair from a black cat don´t show on black clothes. Mom and dad mostly have black clothes that now a day´s are very white :)

The Island Cats said...

Well, you know we love black cats!!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...


We LOVE black cats!


Cara n Crew said...

Great post and great pictures of all of you! Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Our mom is laughin because she will walk in to a dark room, thinking Wriggley is in there (he's a black Lab) and call to him or talk to him and then she'll turn around and he'll be behind her! mol! we think black cats and dogs are the best :)

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

Kwee Cats said...

You all look so good! That's an excellent tribute to black cats! Our Oliver is impressed, and pleased!
Happy Day!

Athena said...

We love black cats! The cats my mama had when she was a baby were black. The original Kit, that my brofur is named after. Your black cats are beautiful!


We love black cats too!
Terrific post.



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