Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cat Superstitions

Happy Halloween Everyone,

We all know there are many black cat superstitions. Many people believe it's bad luck when a black cat crosses their path but there are some who believe it's good fortune. lol What do you think?

Some people in Germany believe a black cat crossing their path from right to left is a bad omen while from left to right, and the cat is granting favorable times to you. In Italy some believe if a inky feline lays on a sick person's bed, death will follow. In China, some believe black cats are harbingers of famine and poverty. Lavtvian farmers that find black kitties in their grain silos dance with joy because they believe these felines are the spirit of Rungis, a god of harvests.

In Japan, black cats crossing your path will probably make you smile, and think that good fortune is on its way. In Scotland folks believe finding black kittens sitting on their porch is a sure sign of riches and happiness to come.

Some people around the world believe that there is a single white hair to be found on a black cat and you pull it without getting scratched you'll be in a long, happy and prosperous marriage.

There are superstitions surrounding cats of other colors, too. For instance, dream of a tortoise shell cat and you will be lucky in love, dream of a ginger cat and you will be lucky in money and business and dream of a black and white cat you'll have luck with children. There are many others.

In ancient Egypt, where cats were first domesticated about 3,000 years ago, cats were considered sacred. One Egyptian god in particular, Pashe, was not only cat-headed but was attended by cats. Some believed that the life-giving rays of the sun were kept in a cat's eyes at night for safekeeping.

Ancient Hebrew folklore tells of an incident in the Ark that resulted in the creation of the first cats. Apparently, before the flood there were no cats but there was a pair of lions and there was fear the shaggy beasts would attack the other animals, so Noah prayed to God for a solution. God answered by putting the lions into a deep sleep. When one problem was solved, another arose. The Ark was overrun with mice. Noah knelt and prayed for a solution. God suggested that Noah whack the sleeping male lion on the nose. He did, the lion sneezed, and out of his nostrils came the first pair of cats. The rodent problem was solved.

Another version of the creation of cats comes from the Christian tradition. Apparently the devil, in one of his periodic attempts at creation, was trying to make a man. As usual he failed miserably and, through his bungling, ended up creating the first cat. (Unfortunately, the poor animal was hairless. One cold day St. Peter happened upon the poor animal shivering in a doorway. He had pity on it and gave it a fur coat.)
I used to dislike cats intensely and the reason I did is because I saw a cat kill a pigeon when I was young. Yes, I was a bird lover and still am, but now I understand why that poor cat did what he did. He was a stray cat without a home, and he was trying to survive.

No matter the mystique surrounding cats and black cats in particular, most owners of black cats consider themselves lucky and blessed to have one. It's a blessing to own a cat, black or not. Smile.

Some information on cat superstitions found at Essortment and at Maxellah.tripod. There is so much more out there so don't be afraid to Google cat superstitions. Also, I blogged about black cats at Romance Books R Us on the 29th at and at Paranormal Romantic at Noon on the 30th,

A gentle reminder to get out and vote.

Have a great week, and I'll see you next Sunday.



Christie Craig said...

Very intriguing, Sandy. I love to hear about different beliefs. Because I have a black cat, (Didn't you had one too?) I'm not convinced they are bad luck.

Happy Halloween.


Linda LaRoque said...

I love black cats. Voted early so wish the campaign folks would stop calling.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Christie.

Yes, we had a black male cat named Max, and we still miss him. We have another black cat named Midnight that's a female. An another female cat, a tortie, named Dora aka Dory. We love both and they have such different personalities. lol

Sandy said...

LOL Thanks, Linda.

I, too, wish they would stop calling plus stop the flyers in my mailbox. lol

Jill James said...

I had a black cat when I was a little girl. Midnight Shadow. He was a very nice cat until he ran away on our cross-country trip to move to California. Guess he wanted to stay in Kentucky, that was where we were on our journey. I love how superstitions are different in different places.

Sandy said...


Cats settle into a routine and like people do not like change unless it's their idea. Grin. Also, they are very territorial.

Thanks for coming by.

Susan said...

I had a black cat named Black Pearl(Pearly).She was a stray and such a joy. I think stray cats make the best cats because they pick you. I have always loved black cats. Pearly is gone now but I have a tortoise named Girlie. Susan

Mary Jo said...

Great information about cats. Loved the Ark story. If I had a kitty, I'd want a black one with some white. Only because I love that combination.

And I voted early.

Marianne Stephens said...

Fascinating information on how cats were created. You did a lot of research! I'm surprised at how black cats can be a sign of good or bad "stuff" to come!

Sandy said...

Our first black cat, Max, was a stray too, Susan. I think all cats pick their owners. Smile.

Thanks for coming by.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Mary Jo. All cats are beautiful in their own way. We have a black female cat named Midnight, and she's so sleek and beautiful.

Thanks, Marianne. Yes, I was surprised about the black cat being good or bad.