Planning to adopt a black cat but not quite sure what their personality will be like?
For years, black cats have been considered bad omens by some, associated with witchcraft, death, and other superstitious beliefs. Unfortunately, these misconceptions have led many people to believe that our ebony friends are more aggressive than other cats.
So, are black cats mean?
The truth is, a black cat is no different from its other-colored peers. A cat’s coat color has nothing to do with its personality. If you see a black cat showing signs of aggression, then it may have been abused or experienced trauma in the past.
So, enough with the fuss! Let us debunk some of the misconceptions about black cats, and see that they can be as loving as any other kitty!
Are black cats bad luck?
Like many people, you have probably heard about black cats being linked to bad luck. But, contrary to this popular belief, black cats are not bad luck! In fact, in some countries, black cats are believed to be signs of blessings or good luck! But, good or bad luck aside, know that black cats are wonderful animals that have a lot more going for them than people may think.
So, what is a black cat’s personality like?
Black cats are no different from typical cats of any other color. Just like the latter, a black cat can be either playful and energetic, or lazy and aloof. As testified by many cat parents, black cats are usually the more laid-back type, but still have plenty of energy. They like to play with toys, climb on furniture, and explore the nooks and crannies of the house.
Are black cats mean?
Black cats are often associated with bad luck due to their coat color and their frequent appearance in spooky Hollywood movies. However, these cats are not inherently mean.
Like any animal, black cats can be mean and unpredictable if they have a bad past. For example, a cat that has been abused by its previous owner will be more likely to show fearful or aggressive behavior. Cats that have previously been abandoned and ended up in the streets, where they may have encountered animal fights and accidents, will also likely be traumatized.
Hence, it is best to make sure that you trust or know the background of the cat if you are thinking of adopting one – but this applies to cats of any color. Overall, your black cat will make a loving companion if you shower them with genuine love and attention!
Links between genetics and coat color
The genetics of a cat’s coat color has been a longstanding question in the scientific community. While experts are yet to find a link between a cat’s coat color and personality, studies have revealed that black-colored cats might be more resistant to certain diseases than cats of other colors. That is because the excess melanin in the cat’s skin enhances its immunity against infectious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus.
Many scientists believe that it is melanin’s added protection against diseases, rather than the black coat color, that has influenced these cats’ laid-back and friendly disposition.
So, the next time you think about adopting a new kitty, consider a black cat as its strong immunity might save you a lot on veterinary costs!
Myths about black cats
There are many myths surrounding black cats, but the most common ones are that they are witches’ familiars and are unlucky. These beliefs originated from a medieval superstition that probably arose out of old European folklore.
Another myth you have probably heard from your grandparents is that seeing a black cat at night could indicate impending doom or death. According to Celtic mythology, an evil witch in the form of a large black cat called Cat Sith would appear to steal the souls of humans and block their journey to the afterlife.
Sadly, many black cats have been mistreated due to this paranoia. Perhaps it is also due to this dark history that these beautiful felines were tagged as being aggressive.
Every cat is an individual, so you cannot really blame negative behavior on coat colors. Some cats can be calmer and friendlier due to their genetics and upbringing, and others, unfortunately, might show signs of aggression due to a traumatic history, regardless of their color.
Should you fear a black cat?
Thanks to superstition, many people have a long-standing fear of owning a black cat. The superstitions are so ingrained in our society that many people will refrain from adopting a black cat as a pet to avoid the so-called curses. But know that cats of any color can be equally friendly and cuddly!
So the next time you see a black cat that needs a loving home, there is no need to fear that its mysterious color is linked to a dark history. Who knows, you might have found your furry soulmate and a fur-ever best friend!
Other fun facts about black cats
So, now you know the unfair reputation that our black feline friends have suffered for years. While many people might have thought of them as bad luck and aggressive, have you ever considered the other side of the coin?
Black cats are incredibly intelligent, intuitive, and just as cuddly as their solid-colored or tabby peers. Their fur is no less thick and can be just as soft, so they can keep your lap warm in the winter!
If you are not yet convinced, here are some other interesting facts that will hopefully change your perspective about black cats:
- In the cat world, the most dominant fur color is – you have guessed it – black! Therefore, even if neither parent cat has solid black fur, it is possible for them to produce a kitten with an all-black coat.
- There are a total of 22 cat breeds that can have solid black fur. From a popular Bombay cat to a long-haired black Persian, almost any cat can have an exclusive black coat.
- Melanism, a condition responsible for the black pigmentation, is also the primary reason that most black cats have those hypnotic yellow or coppery-amber eyes!
- Did you know that most black cats are secretly tabbies? But, thanks to their black color gene, these beautiful stripes were suppressed. Surprisingly, some black cats can change their color – you will more likely notice the stripes when your fur baby is sunbathing!
Along with the common superstitious beliefs, there are a lot of misconceptions about black cats being mean and unfriendly. Unfortunately, this is the same reason some owners might abandon a black cat. The color and appearance of a cat matter a lot for most people, which is why many folk avoid adopting a black cat.
But you should know that there is no scientific evidence that links bad luck or aggression with a cat’s black fur. Hence, do not judge a cat by its color! Regardless of the coat color, any cat can be affectionate and friendly if they are properly raised by a loving family.
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