Black cats are as fascinating as they are adorable—which is saying a lot. These delightful felines are not only fun and cute, they've also long captivated cultures from all over the world. In honor of National Black Cat Day, here are six fun facts about ebony felines.
1. They are great matchmakers.
In Japan, single ladies are encouraged to have a black cat because they can attract a potential suitor. That's right, black cats are considered the ultimate matchmakers. Which makes sense because there's actually some scientific evidence that owning a furry friend makes you more active socially and better at establishing healthy relationships. And, let's face it, who can resist someone with an adorable cat?
2. Many black cats have golden eyes.
The bodies of black cats produce a high amount of melanin, a chemical which accounts for their dark coat. Melanin can affect the color of a cat's eyes, so this usually means that their irises are yellow.
3. They might make you rich.
In many Asian countries, such as China and Japan, black cats are not only considered good luck, but may also attract wealth. That's why you'll see many black Maneki Nekos, which are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune, in Chinese or Japanese restaurants and grocery stores. That's double the luck.
When you encounter a strange black cat on your porch, it's considered quite the lucky thing in Scotland, according to legend. That's because black cats bring prosperity, something that the Scottish seem to take to heart. Recently, a Scottish bingo hall recruited several black cats to improve the luck of its patrons.
4. Black cats tend to be male.
While they can definitely be either male or female, due to some genetic mystery, there are more male black cats than females.
5. They bring a bounty of good luck with them.
In most of the United Kingdom, black cats are considered lucky, especially if they cross your path. And some people even give them to newlyweds as a gift of good fortune.
In Germany, it's considered lucky when a black cat crosses your path from right to left, but not left to right. One way to ensure this and please your feline, is to have some Meow Mix Irresistibles® Crunchy With White Meat Chicken & Turkey treats at the ready to entice your ebony feline to walk in front of you correctly.
In some parts of Europe, sailors considered black cats exceedingly lucky to have on a ship. They were so valuable that even their families would keep black cats in the home for twice the luck. But who wouldn't want a sweet feline around at home and while traveling?
Plus, many theater actors believe black cats are lucky and some even bring them backstage to encourage award-winning performances and bring good vibes to the venue.
6. You'll find 22 recognized breeds of black cats.
Cat Fancier's Association recognizes 22 breeds of cats that allow for solid black coats. Only one breed, the Bombay, consists solely of black cats.