Are you superstitious? Would it spell good luck or bad luck for you if Mikey crossed your path? It was love at first sight when we met Mikey as a kitten and superstitions and witchy folklore couldn’t have been further from our minds. So it’s a shame to read that animal charities are finding it hard to home black cats because of their association, especially at this time of year, with bad luck. After one too many people mentioned it to us when they heard we had a black cat I looked it up and in Britain the reverse is true: black cats spell good luck and were favoured by sailors as ship’s cat’s precisely because they were considered lucky (if you ask Mikey he’ll tell you it’s for their superior hunting skills!).
If you have a black cat yourself you’ll know there is something very special about them. Mikey frequently reminds us:
- how to be both gentle and strong (moving gracefully, quietly and calmly out of the way of grabby toddlers followed by fierce pouncing on moths)
- of the need for solitude as well as company (sometimes curled up underneath the spare bed other times curled up on our laps or snuggled up bottom to bottom with his sister)
- that when hearts break hugging more and speaking less is the greatest healer, especially when accompanied by purring
How could you not love a little black kitten? Mikey at 6 weeks old – May 2003