Friday the 13th
Today is Friday the 13th! The fear of today, Friday the 13th, is also called friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. There are many fears surrounding superstitions about today. Including:
- Breaking a mirror will bring you 7 years of bad luck.
- Walking under ladders will cause you doom.
- Bad luck comes in threes.
- Wishing on a wish bone.
- Knocking on wood will avoid bad luck, as well as "crossing your fingers"
- Never open an umbrella indoors.
- Black cat crossing your path is a bad sign.
So why keep a black cat out of your path? Most likely, this superstition arises from old beliefs in witches and their animal familiars, which were often said to take the form of domestic animals like cats. Whether you find this day to be good luck or extremely unlucky and spooky, it's important to understand that black cats often get a bad reputation in the media and a bad rap overall. Oftentimes they are featured in scary movies, and have become to be a sign of "bad luck" in our culture; however, did you know that many times they are considered a good luck charm? Check out some of our favorite facts about black cats below.
BLACK CAT FACTS:
- While some famous television shows suggest black cats can talk, many Halloween movies say black cats are bad luck; However, in some asian cultures, black cats are considered good luck!
- There are over 22 breeds of cats that can have a solid black coat.
- Black cats are typically more resistant to disease. Why? The mutation that causes a cat’s fur to be black is in the same genetic family as genes known to give humans resistance to diseases like HIV. While their black fur may cause their superstition, they may be getting the last laugh after all!
- In Japan, there are cat cafes that are dedicated entirely to black cats. Pretty cool, huh?
- While they are super cute, black cats can be difficult to photograph. Some photographers suggest using minimalistic backgrounds to ensure your black cat subject stands out.
- In the middle ages, it was a common theory that witches could disguise themselves as black cats.
- Black cats are just as adoptable as cats of other colors!
Show your love and support for black cats by opening up your heart and your home by adopting a black kitten or black cat at your nearest shelter. Click here to find Adoptable Cats in Your Local Shelter. Already have a cat of your own that you love and adore? Check out our Select Feline Classic Nutrition Recipe
No matter how you celebrate the day, we wish you a safe and happy Friday the 13th!