Black cats are half as likely to get adopted in a shelter. It’s hard to believe that a superstitious stereotype could still exist around black cats today, but people are working to reverse it, and you can help by supporting their projects. “Black Cats Tell All” is the first illustrated anthology written to reverse the stereotype and it’s available for pre-order. You can also donate to rescues specifically devoted to black cats, like Black Cat Rescue in Boston, and encourage people to adopt black cats from shelters.
Things aren’t entirely hopeless, however, as ancient Egypt is not the only sphere within black cats are honored. Black cats are called “magician’s cats” in France, and being kind to them will bring good luck to the owner. Being kind to black cats in North Europe means you or your spouse will have safe sea travels, and gifting one to a bride in most parts of England is a good luck wish. Finding a black cat on your doorstep in Scotland brings good luck and wealth. Owning a black cat in Asia is considered lucky, and simply seeing a black cat in Japan is a sign to take control of your own luck. A black cat’s sneeze brings good fortune in Italy (bless you!).