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