Don’t worry, they are not permitted near the door while trick-or-treaters are knocking–I typically sit outside on my porch, and am inside for a break while they want to see what’s happening. They love guests, but at the end of this article you can see what they really look like when a few too many guests knock on the door!
Yes, that rich black fur does seem to hold a mystery, and the contrast of bright eyes like gems in that fur is positively enchanting. Each day a spell is cast upon me by one or more black cats, and I am helpless to resist their charms…
Certainly if black cats had some particular magic effect on humans I’d be experiencing the effects five-fold—or ten-fold as in the past few years most of my foster cats were also black. I admit, I feel a great amount of creative inspiration. Feels like magic to me.
The real dangers for all cats on Halloween include escaping into the night with strangers and cars all over the streets as well as snacking on decorations and possibly some of the candy. As for the dangers for black cats statistics don’t bear out that black cats are singled out for abuse and worse at Halloween. Adopting out any cat needs to be done safely in any season—and I’ve adopted black cats out in October—and keeping your cat safe indoors is the best on any day of the year.
Rather than republish the article each Halloween, I link back to the original article I wrote on this subject.
Click here to read Halloween Dangers and Black Cat Safety.
For a very interesting article on the myths and legends of black cats, read “The Black Cat: Myth, Mystery and Symbolism” by Sally Bahner.
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