In case you didn't know it, October is Black Cat Awareness Month, founded in 2013 by Layla Morgan Wilde. There are a lot of superstitions surrounding black cats, and, unfortunately, they are adopted 50% less than other cats.

Some of the superstitions include:

  •  in 16th-century Italy, people believed that if someone was sick, he or she would die if a black cat lay on his bed.

  • A funeral procession with a black cat is believed to forecast the death of another family member.

  • If a black cat crosses your path while you're driving, turn your hat around backward and mark an "X" on your windshield to prevent bad luck.

  • It was largely believed that the black cat became affiliated with evil in the Middle Ages. Because cats are nocturnal and roam at night, they were thought to be supernatural servants of witches, or even witches themselves.

It is because of these beliefs, and the mystique surrounding black cats and Halloween, that a lot of shelters will not adopt black cats out during October, for fear that the cats will be abandoned, or worse, after Halloween.

Well, you know what? Those superstitions are just that, superstitions. I am the proud servant of a black cat, I say servant because cats don't have owners, they have staff. Our black furbaby is sleek, shiny, and is a lot like owning a mini-panther, at least in her eyes. I don't have "bad luck" from a black cat crossing my path, what I do have is a great napping partner. A sweet kitty who loves to hang out and purr in my lap. A kitty who greets people when they come in the door and prefers to be around her humans instead of hiding.

Consider adopting a black cat, they go with anything, and black is slimming. All joking aside, they can be a great companion, and they have their own month dedicated to them.