Black Cat Appreciation Day: The truth about your superstitions
Bad luck, pop culture, and beyond
You don't even have to consider yourself a superstitious person to have that weird feeling crawl up your spine when you come across a black cat. Many of us can't help it, as the beliefs associating black cats with bad luck have been around for quite some time—especially as a staple of Halloween. Even today, The Spruce Pets reports that many animal shelters won’t place black cats in homes during October for fear of them being used sacrificially!
But it's about time we tackle this weird feeling in your spine and learn more about the plentiful alternative representations of black cats, from history to pop culture, including how in many cultures they're actually good luck!
Click through to cross paths with the black cat.
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