Word on the Street: Do You Think Black Cats Are Good Luck?


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Black cats: Anyone who has any experience with cats or cat owners knows these cats are wrongly vilified as bad luck by many people, and shelters tell us time and again that black cats are more difficult to adopt out than other breeds. We asked Catster readers whether they believe black cats are good luck. Some of the replies (and illustrative photos) are below.

My black cat, Christmas (pictured below), is pure good luck!
— Laura Chang

Every day must seem like Christmas when you live with, well, Christmas.

I think black cats are good luck because of their mystique! We are lucky to have such a magical kitty (Clyde, pictured below) in our lives.
— Shelley and Rob Landaw

Here’s Clyde, doing the twist.

This little black kitty, Sir Pharaoh (pictured below), has brought me so much luck — and joy — through a cross-country move, graduate school, and a job change. He’s the sweetest companion I could have ever imagined.
— Rachel Holland

Sir Pharaoh looks pretty well read.

Good luck times six — brought to me by my rescued litter! They were found on the edge of an almond orchard in California. Sammy (pictured below) is the total showman in his upside-down view of his world.
— Jennifer Sampson

Sammy, upside down and looking cute.

I live with four beautiful rescue kitties who are all black. My boys have brought much happiness and good luck into my life. I have had fewer bad days filled with pain (I was born with a condition called Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome and have arthritis in my lower back) since I adopted my first cat six and a half years ago.


All of my boys keep me company when I’m stuck indoors, and they help keep my mind on good thoughts by doing something silly to make me laugh.
— Karen Ann Gagnon

Do you consider black cats good luck? What’s your experience with black cats?

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