Thursday October 27, 2016 is Black Cat D

Thursday October 27, 2016 is Black Cat Day.

“Black cats and kittens are often overlooked when animal shelters are looking for new homes, and can be at the shelter much longer than they should be.

Interestingly, cats in ancient Egypt were revered highly, partly due to their ability to combat vermin such as mice, rats. Cats of royalty were known to be dressed in golden jewelry and were allowed to eat right off their owners’ plates.

These days, however, black cats are often are seen as unlucky or mischievous, but not everyone knows why that is. In Celtic mythology, it was believed that fairies could take the form of black cats, and therefore their arrival to a home or village was seen as sign of good luck. Unfortunately, the Pilgrims that came after them were devoutly religious and fearful of anything remotely related to the pagan beliefs of their ancestors, and it was because of that fear that black cats went from being seen as the vessels of fairies to the vessels of witches and demons. At that time it became common practice to severely punish those who kept black cats as pets, and even kill the animals themselves.

Although these days nobody really believes black cats are witches or demons in disguise anymore, they are still often seen as signs of bad luck by many people.

If you have a cat, especially a black one, today is the day to make it feel extra special. Buy your cat a new toy or a tasty treat and spend the afternoon playing tug-of-war or rubbing its belly—nobody knows how to enjoy the little things in life like animals do.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a cat of your own and have the time to take proper care of it, maybe today should be the day you welcome a furry feline into your life? From an animal shelter, or you can buy a black kitten.

And even if you can’t have a cat due to allergies or other reasons, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate this day! Make a small donation to your local animal shelter.” #sharpharmade Fr ‘Days of the Year’ http://ow.ly/i/onAUm

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