Why Are Most People Not Adopting Black Cats?

Myth: Seeing a Black Cat Brings Bad Luck

You’ve probably heard that it’s unlucky if a black cat crosses your path. Although the origin of this common black cat myth is uncertain, it may have to do with the cat’s slick demeanor. A black cat’s sly movements might suggest to some superstitious spectators that he’s up to no good.

Myth: Black Cats are Witches

Many early American settlers believed in witches who could take the form of black cats. This would allow them to sneak around unnoticed as they performed magic spells. It was also believed that a witch could shapeshift into a black cat up to nine times, which may have something to do with the belief that cats have nine lives. In today’s pop culture, black cats are often featured either as witches or alongside witches.

Myth: You Shouldn’t Adopt a Black Cat

Black cats have some of the lowest adoption rates and highest euthanasia rates in shelters across the United States. It’s also harder to attract adopters—rescues and shelters often feature photos of their adoptable cats online, and black cats are more difficult to photograph than lighter-coated cats. It’s been reported that potential adopters perceive black pets as less friendly than lighter-coated pets solely based on a photograph. Some shelters even stop adopting out black cats in October altogether in fear that they’ll be used as Halloween props.

Show of hands: Who has had a black cat cross their path? How many of you have been doomed to a life of bad luck? Black cats shouldn’t get a bad rap just because they look sneaky. In fact, they’re considered good luck in many cultures. In Scotland, it’s lucky for a strange black cat to arrive at your doorstep. In Japan, black cats are thought to help single women find suitors. There’s a lot of silly superstitions out there, but most of the world acknowledges black cats as cute—not creepy.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Spooky Time Music For Halloween

October means a few things including Halloween. Although it isn’t really celebrated here in India, I always associate Halloween with scary movies, funny & spooky videos and music. Music can also be spooky and scary and in the spirit of Halloween, there has always been some spooky music to go along with it. I did a Google search for scary songs or Halloween related songs and some of the stuff is the more recent and stupid music. Instead let me give you my list, off the top of my head and which is also included in the scary songs lists online. Here we go:

  • Monster Mash — Bobby (Boris) Pickett
  • Thriller — Michael Jackson
  • Ghostbusters Theme — Ray Parker Jr.
  • Somebody’s Watching Me — Rockwell
  • Welcome to my Nightmare – Alice Cooper
  • Season Of The Witch – Donovan
  • Witchy Woman – Eagles
  • The Devil Went Down To Georgia – Primus
  • The Number Of The Beast – Iron Maiden
  • Scream – The Misfits
  • Year Zero – Ghost