With Halloween approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to share some superstitions associated with cats who are regarded as powerful and mysterious across many cultures.
Sometimes seen as symbols of bad luck, black cats are present in many Halloween decorations. The black cat’s bad reputation dates back to the Dark Ages, when witch hunts were commonplace. Elderly, solitary women were often accused of witchcraft, and their pet cats were said to be their “familiars,” or demonic animals that had been given to them by the devil.
Another medieval myth told that Satan turned himself into a cat when socializing with witches. However, nowadays black cats aren’t synonymous with bad luck and mischief everywhere. For example, in Ireland, Scotland and England, it’s considered good luck for a black cat to cross your path. Finding a white hair on a black cat is an infallible guarantee of good luck!
Many cats’ superstitions involve weather. It’s said that if the family cat lies with his/her back to the fire, a huge storm is on the way. However, if the cat calmly and smoothly washes himself/herself, fair weather is expected.
Some cultures say that, if a kitten comes into a house, it’s a lucky omen. There are controversies, however. If a kitten comes into a house in the morning, it means luck, whereas if he/she comes in the evening, it is an omen of evil unless the kitten stays in the house, which will prevent the evil from taking place.
Although there are differences in the way that cats are seen in different cultures, cat lovers agree that their furry companions as playful, easy-going, affectionate and friendly. How about yourself: do you know any superstition about cats that you would like to share? Send us your story (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll post the most interesting one!