Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – How Black is Your Cat?

Are you a fan of black cats? Do you know one or have you observed one or more in your neighborhood? There’s actually something quite mysterious and interesting about an all black cat.

Did you know that while black cats are common in most non-color-specific breeds (22 of them recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association), there is only one black color breed—the Bombay. This cat’s known as the “parlor panther.” And dig this—a solid black cat is needed in order to breed for many certain colors and color combinations. Check this chart out: http://cfa.org/Breeders/CatColorsGenetics/SolidColorChart.aspx

While I’ve had several black cats, I’ve never kept one. I’ve found black cats and placed them in homes, I’ve had litters including black kittens and found them homes. There have been solid black cats in our family (I have an adorable grand-cat who is solid black—a Munchkin.) But, for some reason, black cats have been coming into my life, lately.

Last week, I took a walk with my camera and the first subjects that captured my interest were three solid black cats in three different places in our neighborhood—boom, boom, boom, one right after the other. Here’s what I captured. Aren’t they lovely?

Strangely, two of them, I’d never seen before and I walk pretty much the same route every day.

Have you ever had a relationship with a black cat? Was it particularly special? Can you describe what it is about a black cat that attracts you?

Did you know that there is only one black cat breed—the Bombay—also known as the Parlor Panther. There are superstitions about black cats throughout the world. While in the US, we avoid black cats crossing our path because it’s bad luck, some cultures consider black cats lucky.

Here are a couple of websites focusing on black cats: https://www.thespruce.com/facts-about-black-cats-554102 https://www.facebook.com/BlackCatAppreciationPage

Here’s a story of a tiny, runt of a kitten who had everything going against her, and the woman who had faith that she would survive. And she did—into the most beautiful black kitty in the household. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/this-kind-woman-refused-to-give-up-on-a-little-kitten/

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