8 Fascinating Facts About Black Cats

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Today is National Black Cat Appreciation Day! Many superstitious myths surround these beautiful animals. But how much do you really know? Keep scrolling for 8 Fascinating Facts About Black Cats to learn more about them.

  • Cat shelters will not rehome black cats during October
  • The Bombay cat is the only pure black cat in the world, which was first bred in Kentucky in 1958 by Nikki Horner. She achieved this by crossbreeding a Burmese and American Shorthair

  • Black fur in cats is caused by melanism, a mutation that causes animals to appear black.
  • In the United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan, a black cat crossing your path is considered to be a lucky omen.

  • In Great Britain’s English Midlands, a black cat is the ideal wedding gift; they’re believed to bring good luck and happiness to the bride.
  • Researchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered that the genetic mutations that cause cats to have black coats may offer them some protection from diseases.

  • Many black cats have golden eyes, which is the result of high melanin pigment content in their bodies.
  • Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17

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