Black cats are thought to bring bad luck—but we think they’re absolutely adorable, ultra pettable, and cuddletastic. Not to mention utterly magnificent and, really, just tinier versions of noble panthers. That’s why Bored Panda compiled this mega-awesome super-duper massively-fluffy list of the cutest and funniest pictures of black cats.
There are plenty of superstitions surrounding black cats. Sadly, some of them are negative. For instance, in the Middle Ages, cats were thought to have a close link to black magic and witchcraft. In fact, these adorable cats were thought to be witches in disguise! This led to a lot of kitties ending up hurt as they were punished alongside witches in 13th century Europe and 17th century Massachusetts. Nowadays, black cats are still sometimes seen as symbols of the mystical. And what Halloween party is complete without someone dressing up as a cute cat or putting up a prop of a feline in a witch’s hat?
My twin black cats that like to sleep mirrored did this position last night
The other major superstition associates black cats with bad luck and, by extension, death. Once again, this belief has its roots in the Middle ages when it was thought that not only dark cat fur colors but any dark colored animals were linked with death.
In 16th-century Italy, for example, if a black cat were to lie down on someone’s sickbed, it was thought that death (or rather Death with a capital “D”) was about to pay them a visit.
In most western cultures, these beautiful cats are considered a bad omen. But in Scottish lore, the arrival of a strange black cat signifies prosperity
In modern times, some of us still hang onto the belief that if a black cat crosses your path, you’ll be in for some bad luck. Similarly, a white cat crossing your path is said to bring good luck. But do you know what we think? We believe that a cute cat crossing your path is definitely great luck.
When we take a closer look at different cultures, we realize that they have different understandings of what encountering a black cat means. For instance, in ancient Egypt, darker cat colors were considered good luck, protected you from disease, and gave a boost to your fertility.
Construction workers put high-visual jacket on black pet cat so it doesn't get hurt
Our silly cat wasn't prepared for her first Swedish winter!
I heard a noise coming from under the couch and this is what I saw when I looked down
Meanwhile, in Japan, spotting a black cat means that you’ll have luck finding love. While seeing a cat on your porch or in your doorway implies that you’ll be prosperous soon. Similarly, in France, seeing a black cat meant that something magical was about to happen.
It’s great to know that not all superstitions are stereotypically negative. Especially considering how many black cats we’ve crammed into this list!
"This character has not been unlocked yet"
I thought this photo I took of my black cat shows off how amazing their eyes are
Give the older shelter kitties a chance. Best hugs ever
Jasper and Neil were a little dramatic about their recent vet visit
Gave Jack a bath and now he’s doing that stereotypical black cat thing
This is voodoo, my bottle fed baby that I rescued
My wife said she was making tacos for dinner and before I could blink, Obsidian pops out with lightning speed
Adopted this loaf two months ago! She still loves to rest her head on my hand