Black Cat Appreciation Day

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2022 Date17 August 2022
2023 Date17 August 2023
Black Cat Appreciation Day

Black Cat Appreciation Day History

Black Cat Appreciation Day seeks to appreciate the black feline. According to, there are about 19 black cat breeds. Black cats are commonly known as a symbol of Halloween due to their connection to witchcraft and sorcery. Because of this association, black cats are typically less likely to be adopted or purchased as a pet.

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Black Cat Appreciation Day Facts

  • Black cats have been a sign of both good and bad luck throughout history. Depending on the country or region, people have viewed them accordingly. For example in Medieval France and Spain, black cats were considered bad luck due to their association with witches. Medieval Germans considered themselves to be cursed if a black cat crossed their path. In the British Islands however, black cats were believed to bring wealth to any house they occupied. In Japan, they were considered to bring good luck. In Ancient Egypt, black cats were worshipped as sacred.
  • There are about 22 different breeds of cats with black coats according to World Animal Protection. The most common of them is the Bombay cat.
  • According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), black cats and dogs made up 30% of the incoming animals to pet shelters in 2020.

Black Cat Appreciation Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Go to a shelter and adopt a black cat. Black cats are stigmatized more than other species so they tend to be admitted to shelters more often.
  • Show your cat you appreciate them with a new toy or some catnip. Even if you don't own a black cat, show your feline friend that you care about them.
  • If you see any stray cats around your neighborhood, contact your local shelter. They can make sure the animals have proper housing and care.

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