black cat blessings

October 31, 2009 at 8:43 pm 27 comments

Mikey and pumpkinAre you superstitious?  Would it spell good luck or bad luck for you if Mikey crossed your path?  It was love at first sight when we met Mikey as a kitten and superstitions and witchy folklore couldn’t have been further from our minds.  So it’s a shame to read that animal charities are finding it hard to home black cats because of their association, especially at this time of year, with bad luck.  After one too many people mentioned it to us when they heard we had a black cat I looked it up and in Britain the reverse is true:  black cats spell good luck and were favoured by sailors as ship’s cat’s precisely because they were considered lucky (if you ask Mikey he’ll tell you it’s for their superior hunting skills!).

If you have a black cat yourself you’ll know there is something very special about them.  Mikey frequently reminds us:

  • how to be both gentle and strong (moving gracefully, quietly and calmly out of the way of grabby toddlers followed by fierce pouncing on moths)
  • of the need for solitude as well as company (sometimes curled up underneath the spare bed other times curled up on our laps or snuggled up bottom to bottom with his sister)
  • that when hearts break hugging more and speaking less is the greatest healer, especially when accompanied by purring

How could you not love a little black kitten?  Mikey at 6 weeks old – May 2003 baby mikey copy

 

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  • 1. KarenV  |  October 31, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Aww, he’s so gorgeous! Our local Cats Protection had a similar article recently about the problems of homing black cats, which I can’t understand at all. We have two: Thomas, who looks very like your Mikey, down to the tuft of white on his chest and Maisie, the world’s cuddliest (and noisiest) cat! 😀 They’re both wonderful characters and we wouldn’t change them for the world. Thank you for sharing your cutie 🙂

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    • 2. Nip it in the bud  |  October 31, 2009 at 11:54 pm

      we always say that when you have cats of your own you realise how different they all are… except black cats. whenever we come across one when we’re out and about we call it Mikey and ask him what he’s doing so far from home! Would love to see a picture of Thomas but only found lots of clever craft items from your link Karen…

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      • 3. KarenV  |  November 2, 2009 at 6:34 pm

        I’ve just uploaded a few pictures to my Picasa album here: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/Kazzav/Cats?authkey=Gv1sRgCJL8jJbvl8aJIA#5399575725381292978 The handsome fella with the white chest patch and gold eyes is Thomas and the cheeky madam with big ears and green eyes, who’s everywhere she shouldn’t be (the car, the clothes airer, etc) is Maisie 🙂

      • 4. Nip it in the bud  |  November 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm

        thank for sharing your beautiful babes Karen, they’re gorgeous. I love the one of Maisie on top of the car – she has such a cheeky look about her. ‘You ain’t seen me, right’ like that character from the Fast Show.

      • 5. Nip it in the bud  |  November 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

        thanks for popping over Michelle. Your cats are lovely. Zeke the Rodenator made me smile ;o) Black cats have a way of appearing just when you need them.

  • 6. miss m  |  October 31, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Superstitious about black cats ? I’d better not be. I have 5.
    BOO to all the superstitious nonsense ! Go out an adopt a black cat people.

    Mikey is adorable ! xx

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  • 9. Johanna  |  October 31, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I would say hello to mikey and be happy to see him. It is funny that people wouldn’t have a black cat – I would love our zinc to be black because it is that time of year here when a white cat can’t go outside during the day without getting sunburnt – apparently people can be wary about having white cats too! Love the photo of mikey with the pumpkin

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    • 10. Nip it in the bud  |  October 31, 2009 at 11:58 pm

      so that’s why people think we’re nuts – a black cat AND a white cat (and a lovely tortoiseshell too) They’re house cats so at least we don’t have to contend with sunburnt ears. Hope Zinc’s not too miffed to be stuck indoors

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  • 11. Hazel  |  November 1, 2009 at 1:06 am

    We joked this evening that our version of Mikey (called Oliver) was so busy with Halloween bookings that he wouldn’t have time for cuddles – but he’s back home as I type (late at 1am!) along with black & white Domino all ready for supper & cuddles.

    Must put a pic on the blog – but he’s a beggar to take a pic of – Domino much more photogenic!

    Bless ’em all!

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    • 12. Nip it in the bud  |  November 1, 2009 at 12:39 pm

      it’s really hard getting pictures of black cats I was just lucky the sun came out. Indoor lighting and flash photography usually makes him look sinister and our white cat Billy always ends up with the better photos. Please do put up a picture of Oliver and Domino :o)

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  • 13. mangocheeks  |  November 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Mikeys so so gorgeous posing next to the pumpkin.

    Also warm congratulations for winning this months NCR.

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  • 15. Lucy  |  November 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    We wouldn’t be without our gorgeous black Salem!

    Even if he is slightly daft!

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    • 16. Nip it in the bud  |  November 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm

      I saw Salem on Sunday – very sensibly staying away from the cars I’m pleased to report ;o)

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      • 17. Lucy  |  November 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

        Thank goodness! He’s so silly! He waits for me to get back from school/town out in the street rather than in the warmth and comfort of the house! If you see him on the road ever, make sure you tell him off!

        And just this last week as virtually attached himself to me 24/7, when I’m at home, not straying further than about 6 feet…….. even when I am in the bathroom!

      • 18. Nip it in the bud  |  November 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm

        sounds like our three – they’re usually trying to tell us to a) feed them b) let them out c) sit down to be their cushion

  • 19. Kirsten  |  November 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I used to have a black kitty too, and I noticed that he had a few stray white hairs here and there. I read online that there supposedly no more pure black cats left because they’d all been burned out of existence with witches! How horrible a thought! I love the black kitties, and being born on the 13th I have learned to look up superstitions to refute them! Gorgeous sweet kitty!

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    • 20. Nip it in the bud  |  November 2, 2009 at 6:07 pm

      I think you’re right Kirsten, I’ve never seen a pure black either. I think Mikey has his mum to thank for his smudge of white. His brother Billy got the rest and has a black Mikey tail – quite a sight! I lived at a house numbered 13 when I was a student in Lancaster. A rare thing indeed as all the other streets I’ve ever lived in have no 13.

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  • 21. Velva  |  November 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Cheers to Mikey! The beautiful, graceful black cat. 🙂

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    • 22. Nip it in the bud  |  November 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

      thanks, he’s certainly in fine form with all these lovely toasts to his health and fine comments (he’s looking especially fluffy and puffed up around his chest area :o)

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  • 23. Anne Maundrell  |  November 3, 2009 at 11:21 am

    You commented on my blog earlier about my fabric postcards and I have really enjoyed looking at yours and reading about your gardening and cooking, I like doing both when not stitching. Great picture of your black cat with the pumpkin, we have just got a lovely little black kitten Molly which was rescued by a friend from the side of the road. We wanted her as company for our one year old rescued cat Millie as our other cat Hector is sixteen years old and doesn’t want to play. Molly has a tiny little tuft of white on her tummy and I think it is true what someone else mentioned about pure black cats being almost non existant now.

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    • 24. Nip it in the bud  |  November 3, 2009 at 7:24 pm

      thanks Ann, it’s lovely to see so many other bloggers are accompanied through in their creative rooms, kitchens and gardens by fluffy friends. I couldn’t be without ours and I like the way you’ve incorporated your beloved cats into your creative designs. I’m sorry you lost Aicha this summer, was she Hector’s sister? I bet you have lots of fun with Millie and Molly :o)

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  • 25. gem  |  November 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Hi,
    Gem here from ooffoo. I just had to let you know that Mikey looks just like my cat Mojo, even down to the same white tuft on his chest! Hurrah for beautiful cats!
    🙂

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  • 27. Michelle  |  November 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Mikey is gorgeous! My black kitty is named Hank. He showed up on our property, half starved and scared to death, obviously lost or abandoned. We took him to the vet and had him checked out and searched for owners. Nobody claimed him so he stayed with us. I had always wanted a black cat and he showed up at a time when I needed some cheering up. He’s the sweetest, friendliest, most cuddly of my four cats. There’s a picture of all my kitties on the sidebar of my blog.

    Thanks for a wonderful post! I loved seeing everyone elses black kitties too.

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