This time of year black cats are everywhere. At best, these ebony beauties are a cute Halloween accessory. At worst, they are associated with bad luck and victims of abuse.
13. Ancient Egyptians worshiped black cats. Owning one was thought to bring good luck.
12. If you own a black cat, you can join the ranks of other famous ones found in popular movies and television shows: The Simpsons, Star Trek, Looney Tunes, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Coraline.
11. The sleek elegance of black cats can't be beat. They’re always ready for a fancy black tie affair. Black and white cats, or tuxedo cats, come with some pretty cool coat patterns too.
10. Looking for a stealth mouser? Black cats are the ninjas of the cat world. They’re nearly invisible at night, except for a set of glowing eyes should the lights hit them just right.
9. The richest cat in the world is a black cat from Italy named Tommaso. His owner left him $13 million when she died, giving Tommaso a place in the Guinness world records.
8. Black cats can look freaking awesome in photos (if you’ve got the right photographer.)
7. In Japan and Great Britain black cats are considered lucky.
6. Black cats are like mini panthers. Who wouldn't want to have a cute Bagheera (from the Jungle Book) of their own?
5. Black is slimming. A black cat placed on your lap will produce a noticeable slimming effect.
4. Black goes with everything, including your little black dress? With a black cat, you won't have to worry about those little hairs fazing your fashion.
3. Some sports teams have black cats as their mascots. Your new black cat would love to be a mini-mascot! You might even get them to wear a pet jersey!
2. Black cats are wonderful, just like other cats, though a black shelter cat might be especially grateful and loving because...
1. Black cats (and black dogs) are usually the last to be adopted. They are half as likely to be adopted as other cats.
Although some shelters restrict adoptions of black cats (and sometimes all-white cats) during October, we hope you'll consider adopting one at your local shelter!
Featured photo courtesy of Pedro Ribeiro Simões.