National Black Cat Day | October 27 | National Days

For National Black Cat Day – The Curious Little Black Cat

One little black cat named Zoey doesn't know, or more likely she doesn’t care, that she’s supposed to be striking fear into the hearts of all whose paths she crosses…

Patricia Timmermans
3 min readOct 27, 2023

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Image by author and Bing Image Creator

Her name is Zoey and she’s more curious than scary, but more about her in a minute.

Writing about Zoey got me wondering where the superstition that black cats bring bad luck came from.

Where did the superstition about black cats originate?

According to History.com:

Pheobe Miller, an artist and folklore scholar, explains that the notion that black cats bring us bad luck simply by crossing our path originated in medieval Europe.

The idea that a black cat is on a witch’s errand was at the source of the belief, but another popular notion was that the devil himself was delivering a bad omen, disguised as a black cat.

But not everyone was on board with such superstitions surrounding black cats.

In some cultures, popular belief about the black cat is quite the opposite — that black cats are a symbol of good fortune. Their status as revered creatures in ancient Egypt, for example, is due to their resemblance to the cat goddess Bastet.

Image created with Bing Image Creator — one of the renderings of Egyptian goddess Bastet the daughter of Re, who was originally worshipped as a lion and later a cat. Bastet was an ancient deity whose ferocious nature was ameliorated after the domestication of the cat around 1500 BCE (from Brittanica.com)

In Scotland and Japan, black cats symbolize prosperity.

So, when we come across a black cat, whether we see it as a representative of the supernatural, or a purely benevolent creature, depends upon which lore we are most likely to embrace.

Personally, I embrace the cat rather than the lore.

About Zoey, the curious little black cat

The one thing about Zoey that does scare me is the next time she sneaks out the door and the hours I’ll spend searching for her.

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Patricia Timmermans

My guide dog and I visit schools to raise awareness for sight loss; the kids’ questions make great stories! Plus, I love books and writing book reviews. 🇨🇦