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Do You Think Black Cats Have Their Own Sense of Humor?

My black cats make me laugh -- could there be a special black cat trait for humor?

Catherine Holm  |  Oct 20th 2014


Orange male cats are affable, affectionate, and easygoing. Torties have spunk and attitude — tortitude. Some cat people believe these things, and some argue them. Personally, I think black cats have their own sense of humor. Granted, I don’t have much of a sample to choose from — I’ve had only two black cats and known only a few others. But I’ve been impressed with the quirky humor of these cats. Maybe it is their cute faces or their intelligent eyes that make me think they have a great sense of humor. Here are a few black cats I’ve known that impressed me with their ability to make me laugh!

Target

My adorable Target is no longer with us; he passed away too young at age 10. But Target was a bright light and such a funny boy. He stole my heart when I was volunteering at a local shelter and I adopted him. Target was a sleek black-haired cat with long slim legs, green eyes, and one white whisker. He was so smart and vocal that I think he had some Siamese in him. Target loved people (and cats) so much that he’d do anything to get attention. Much of this involved being funny.

  • The raised paw: Target quickly learned that raising one plaintive black front paw would make us laugh, so he did it all the time. He loved to use his body to have fun.
  • The tilted head: Target also had an adorable way of tilting his head (no medical issues). Eventually, we were able to train him to raise a paw and tilt his head at the same time. Yes, I am weird. Great amusement!
  • The stuck-out tongue: Some cats stick out their tongue slightly. Target did a lot of this. It never failed to make me laugh. Once in a great while, tilted head, raised paw, and stuck-out tongue would occur all at once. Cute!
  • Dancing: Target loved to dance. If we turned on upbeat music and danced around the kitchen, he’d follow us back and forth. I think it truly gave him great joy and fun to move with us.

Rama

Rama is a bit different than Target. We adopted Rama very suddenly after Target died, and found out quickly that Rama was a much more serious guy. But the longer that Rama lived with us and got more secure, we discovered a sense of humor lurking under that serious, grumpy-sounding exterior. Rama is one of those cats who makes crabby noises but really isn’t very crabby at all.

  • The sultan: Rama looks much like Target, but without the white whisker, and with a stockier build. Rama knows he is good looking, and has kind of a conceited body language (I don’t know how else to describe it), which always makes me laugh. If he was human, he’d be a playboy, assured of his good looks. We call Rama “the sultan,” because he seems to totally get into his posing, his comfort, and his handsomeness.
  • The human-like posing: Rama also has this tendency to pose like a human on the couch and on the bed. I’d swear he wants to be human. I think this is another facet to his sultan-like persona. Comfort is key!
  • The swagger: Rama is a muscular, physical cat. He can’t help but swagger when he moseys through the house. We laugh! Aren’t cats great that they provide so much humor?


My friend’s cat, B.

My good friend had a lovely black cat with a beautiful creamy gray undercoat. I gave my friend private yoga lessons at her house, and B. absolutely adored yoga. He would join us on the floor. He loved my friend so much that he’d often take the opportunity to try and cuddle with her as she held a particular yoga pose.

In a yoga class, the session often ends with a period of relaxation (savasana), with the practitioners on their backs. B. would join us and lie on his back, between our mats. I wish we had taken pics, but we were usually so relaxed or amused that it never crossed our minds.

I know that the traits I’ve described above could occur in any cat, but to me, there seems to be something special about the black cat’s sense of humor. It’s hard to describe. Maybe I’m just easily entertained!

Do your black cats have a sense of humor and make you laugh? How so? Share your observations in the comments.

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About Catherine Holm: Told that she is funny but doesn’t know it, accused of being an unintentional con artist by her husband, quiet, with frequent unannounced bursts into dancing liveliness, Cat Holm loves writing about, working for, and living with cats. She is the author of The Great Purr (cat fantasy novel out June 1), the cat-themed memoir Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time, the creator of Ann Catanzaro cat fantasy story gift books, and the author of two short story collections. She loves to dance, be outside whenever possible, read, play with cats, make music, do and teach yoga, and write. Cat lives in the woods, which she loves as much as really dark chocolate, and gets regular inspiration shots along with her double espresso shots from the city.