Harry’s Kitty Korner Column #13: National Black Cat (Me) Day

Hey, there. It’s Harry. I’m here to talk about a special day for us black cats. Today, October 27, is National National Black Cat Day. I consider it National Me Day.  Even more pawsome is that all of October is Black Cat Awareness Month. My grandma wrote about these special days on another blog. You can read her post On Pens, Paws, and Claws here.

So you ask, what is this hype about National Black Cat Day and Black Cat Awareness Month and why is it celebrated in October? I know I can’t speak for all my dark brothers because I’ve been lucky. that Debbie and her family adopted me and my sister, Hermione, a year ago this past October 24. Since then, we’ve led a comfortable life in her home with our big brother, Stripey. But I’ve heard tales about other black cats who weren’t as lucky. My human mom, Holly, learned in school about how us black cats were thought to be the familiars of witches and also believed to have spread the black plaque when we were actually the ones who vanquished it by killing the rats that were the carriers. In other countries like Japan and England, people adore us and consider us lucky, but people in our own U.S.A. still fear having us cross their paths because we’ll bring bad luck. For those reasons, dark-furred felines are the last to be adopted at shelters. Halloween is a dangerous holiday for us, and it’s important for us to stay indoors on this day and especially at night. 

I’m glad that, after all the bad things that have been said and written about black cats, that there are special days to celebrate us. Here are some things that are great about me and other black cats.

  1. We have shiny, soft coats.
  2. Because black is the most basic of colors, we match any wardrobe.
  3. We can be lovable lap cats.
  4. We have beautiful gold or green eyes.
  5. We come in either shorthair or long hair.
  6. No one will ever notice any fur we leave on your little black dress or black tuxedo.

If you’re the owner, caregiver, or friend to a black cat, what other positive points do you know about them? Please comment and/or share on social media. Have a great National Black Cat (Harry) Day!

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