Why black cats are fun companions

Why black cats are fun companions

Black cats bring bad luck, people used to think. And some still believe that. Nonsense, of course. Here you can read about the myths and hear real cat owners and cat mums tell why black cats are nice. And that they actually make them happy!

If you see image or film that has anything to do with Halloween or witches, you are bound to see a black cat come up. That’s because of age-old myths. Because in the past – a very long time ago – people believed that black cats were bringers of bad luck. And in some cultures it was even believed that black cats could change shape and were hangers-on or spies of witches, demons or evil sorcerers.

Now you might think: what nonsense! This is just crazy superstition. And of course it is. But still, the prejudices about black cats are not completely out of this world.

Superstitions about black cats in Europe

They are few and far between, but in Europe some people still believe that a black cat brings you bad luck. Especially if a black cat crosses your path on Friday the 13th. In Germany, for example, some believe that it brings bad luck if a black cat crosses your path there from right to left. But if a black cat crosses your path from left to right, it actually brings you good luck. And in England, some people think it brings good luck if a black cat walks towards you. If a black cat runs away from you, it actually brings bad luck. None of this is true, of course. All superstition, of course.

Black cats are in shelters longer

But all these myths and stories of unhappiness unfortunately still make some people prefer not to take a black cat into their home. Consciously or unconsciously, people are more likely to choose a different colour. And that results in black cats (or cats with a lot of black in their fur) often spending three times as long in the shelter. Or that black kittens are chosen last or not at all from a litter.

All cats are cute!

The colour of a cat’s fur means nothing and the myths of old are complete nonsense. All cats are equally cute, sweet and intelligent – whether they are white, orange, grey or black. Or have all the colours of the rainbow. Black cats – like other cats – actually provide a lot of happiness and companionship to their owners.

We want to eliminate those unjustified prejudices about black cats once and for all. That’s why we asked real cat owners and cat mums to tell you why their black cat is so cute. Read along!

Black cats are awesome: here’s the proof!

Monique on her black tomcat Moosje

‘Our Moosje is blacker than black. And from day one, the sweetest little animal I have ever seen! I have two cats and Moos is the gentler of the two. Always sweet to people, but also to other animals. He used to be scared sometimes, but now he is very affectionate. Really a sociable animal. When my family is downstairs in the morning, he is so happy. And every evening he comes to lie with us – then he snuggles up to us. He loves to play, but prefers to be stroked all day long. And he also talks a lot. Everything is love with Moos.

We interviewed Monique about her cats. Read it here!

Diddeke on cat Mina

‘I have had several cats and there was actually always a black one among them. And they are often just as, or even more affectionate than the other cats I had. Now I live cosily with Mina. She had been in the shelter for three and a half months waiting for a new owner, but everyone passed her by because of her colour: she is black with a little white. I just thought she was lovely and took her home. And there is no question of unhappiness, I am very happy with her. She is the sweetest cat you can have!

We interviewed Diddeke about her cats. Read it here!

Ellen about Famke and Lizzy

‘My very first cat was called Famke and she was all black. I loved her, because her eyes stood out against that black fur. And she was very sweet – she always came to give me head and slept next to my pillow. She also liked to be outside, but always came immediately when I called her. Now I have no less than six cats, including another black one. That’s Lizzy, with her white moustache and chest. Lizzy also likes to be near me, always greets me when I come home from work and can have a lovely chat. So cosy! If I say something to her or call her name, she always answers. And she loves to cuddle. She really is a lovely pooch.’

We interviewed Ellen about her cats. Read it here!

Jeroen on Tinus

‘We adopted a beautiful black cat from the shelter. His name is Tinus and he is ten years old. I love all the cats we have (had), but Tinus is really a case apart. He is my big friend and I always call him that. Tinus is very gentle, there is no harm in it. And he is always happy – as soon as you look at him he starts purring. He always wants to cuddle and play. And when he is done with that, he goes on to his favourite daytime activity: being around his people. But he can also entertain himself quite well, you know. Tinus is a big sweet goody with a nice shiny black coat. He is not only sweet, but also very soft – as if he has fallen into fabric softener. My wife and I are crazy about our Tinus.

We interviewed Jeroen about his cats. Read it here!

We hope it is now really clear: all myths and stories about black cats and bad luck are superstitions and therefore not true. On the contrary. On the contrary, black cats are beautiful and just as wonderful and sweet as any other cat!

Disclaimer: Petrebels does not consist of veterinarians or behavioral experts: all content, information and tips on this blog are intended to inspire and inform you. Does your cat have complaints or problems and do you have doubts about your cat’s health? Then always go to the vet or a behavioral expert.

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Katten slapen gemiddeld 16 uur per dag en doen dat vol overgave: er wordt gerekt, gestrekt en schaamteloos gegaapt. Heerlijk. De Luie Rebel is er wel héél goed in. Die laat rennen en spelen liever aan een ander over en ploft met gemak overal neer voor een overheerlijk dutje. Maar het liefst ligt deze Rebel in een lekker zacht mandje of hangmatje.

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Katten hebben van nature de behoefte om hun nagels te scherpen. Ze markeren daarmee hun territorium en worden er ontspannen en blij van. De Krabbel Rebel weet van geen ophouden als het om krabbelen gaat. Maak van je huis daarom een feestje voor deze Rebel en zet één (of meer) goede krabpalen neer.

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Buitenkatten houden van hun vrijheid en van avontuur. Ze verstoppen zich vaak in struiken en houden de hele buurt in de gaten. Ze kunnen zich uren vermaken met rondvliegende insecten en nemen – als het even meezit – een echte muis voor je mee naar huis. De Outdoor Rebel komt thuis om gezellig met de baasjes te kroelen en rustig te eten. En stelt het op prijs als er een fijn plekje is om uit te rusten voor het volgende avontuur.

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Sommige katten blijven liever binnen. Of het baasje wil dit graag. Indoor Rebels vinden het heerlijk om naar buiten te kijken – naar al het spannends wat zich daar afspeelt. Je maakt deze katten blij door het binnen net zo spannend te maken als buiten. Prikkel hun instincten met speeltjes en krabmeubels waar ze lekker in kunnen klimmen, want dan blijven ze gelukkig en gezond.

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Cats sleep up to 16 hours a day with full commitment: lots of stretching and shameless yawning… Mhmm, delicious. The lazy Rebel masters this trait like no other and prefers to leave the running and playing to someone else. This lazy napper is able to lie down anywhere to take a well-deserved rest, but they prefer a nice and soft hammock or basket.

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Cats naturally have the need to sharpen their nails. This way they mark their territory. It also makes them relaxed and happy. The scratching Rebel will never stop when it comes to this. Transform your house into a “scratching paradise” for this Rebel and supply it with one or several good cat trees.

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Outdoor cats love adventure and freedom. They often hide in bushes to keep an eye on their surroundings. They can entertain themselves for hours with bugs flying around and they might even take home a real mouse for you! The outdoor Rebel will come home to cuddle with its owner and to eat peacefully. This adventurer would appreciate it if there is a nice spot in your house to rest before the next adventure.

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Some cats prefer to stay inside, this can also be a decision made by the owner. Indoor Rebels enjoy watching the outside world – and everything exciting that happens there. You can make these cats happy by making the indoor world just as exciting as the outdoor world. Stimulate their senses with toys and cat furniture in which they can climb. This way they remain healthy and happy.

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Katzen schlafen durchschnittlich 16 Stunden pro Tag und tun dies voller Hingabe. Sie strecken sich, dehnen sich und gähnen unverhohlen. Herrlich! Der faule Rebell ist sehr gut darin. Er überlässt das Toben und Spielen am liebsten jemand anderem und macht stattdessen lieber ein kleines Nickerchen. Am liebsten bevorzugt dieser Schläfer ein weiches Sofa oder ein gepolsterte Liegefläche.

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Katzen haben von Natur aus das Bedürfnis, ihre Nägel zu schärfen. Damit markieren sie zum einen ihr Territorium und verhindern zum anderen, dass die Nägel zu lang werden und einwachsen. Kratzen, wetzen und schärfen macht sie entspannt und glücklich. Der Kratz-Rebell kennt dann auch kein Halten mehr, wenn es ums Wetzen und Kratzen geht. Mach dein Zuhause also zu einer Partyzone für diesen Rebellen und stelle einen (oder mehrere) gute Kratzbäume mit viel Wetzmöglichkeiten auf.

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Freigängerkatzen lieben die Freiheit und das Abenteuer. Oft verstecken sie sich im Gebüsch und behalten die ganze Nachbarschaft im Auge. Sie können sich stundenlang mit fliegenden Insekten vergnügen, streunen herum und bringen im schlimmsten Fall eine Maus als Geschenk mit nach Hause. Der Outdoor-Rebell kommt nur nach Hause, um mit den Besitzern eventuell zu kuscheln und sich sein Fressen servieren zu lassen. Und er schätzt es über alle Maßen, wenn er einen schönen, gemütlichen Platz am liebsten auf einem Kratzbaum zum Ausruhen für das nächste Abenteuer angeboten bekommt.

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Einige Katzen sind reine Indoor-Rebellen. Entweder, weil sie es vorziehen in einem warmen und gefahrlosen Zuhause zu leben oder weil der Besitzer dies so möchte. Indoor-Rebellen lieben es nach draußen zu schauen – und das aufregende Leben draußen aus sicherer Entfernung zu beobachten. Diese Katzen sind glücklich, wenn man drinnen die gleichen Abenteuer simuliert, die sie draußen beobachten können. Stimuliere deren Instinkte mit Spielzeug und Kratzmöbeln, in denen sie herumklettern und toben können, damit sie gesund, agil und glücklich bleiben.

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