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Fascinating Facts About Black Cats

Here are some interesting things to know about black cats.

Most people across the world have heard a story or two about black cats. Sometimes they are seen as a sign of bad luck to come. However, there is so much more to know and love about these furry creatures. Here are some fun and interesting things to know about black cats.

There are many black cat breeds

Despite what many people may think, there is more than one black cat breed. There are about 22 different cats breeds that can have solid black coats, according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA). The Japanese Bobtail, Norwegian Forest Cat, and Scottish Fold are some of the breeds included on this list.

Black cats are a sign of good luck in some cultures

In some parts of the world, black cats have a reputation for bringing bad luck. However, there are plenty of other sports across the globe that view them differently. In Japan, a single woman could increase her number of suitors if she owns a black cat. In Germany, some believe good things are about to happen if a black cat crosses your path from left to right.

Sailor befriended black cats

Back in the day, cats were a welcome addition to have onboard British vessels as they would hunt mice. Some of these cats, like Tiddles, have been enshrined in maritime history. This cat travelled more than 30,000 miles with the Royal Navy and it reportedly loved playing with the capstan’s bell-rope. Many sailors believed a black cat onboard could help to bring them good luck and ensure that they would return home safely.

A gene that causes black fur could make them disease resistant

Even though there is much discussion around the colour of these cats, it could benefit them greatly. The mutation that causes a cat’s fur to become black could also make them resistant to certain diseases. Some scientists believe their colour has a lot to do with disease resistance than camouflage.

Black cats may be tough to photograph

Black cats could be difficult to photograph. This has more to do with bad lighting than the bad luck they are associated with. The key to getting a fantastic picture of your pet is to have a minimalist background. This way your subject stands out. Also, make sure to angle them toward natural light sources, but do not put them in direct sunlight.

Darielle Britto

Darielle Britto has been in the world of journalism since 2014 — covering everything from breaking news to lifestyle for some of India's top publications. Currently, she focuses on all things food, fashion, travel, home, health, design and offbeat.
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