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National Black Cat Day: What it is and how to get involved

National Black Cat Day: Image of black cat outside
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National Black Cat Day is the purr-fect time to do away with all those crazy superstitions that these felines are symbols of witchcraft or bad luck and start seeing them as the elegant and affectionate little creatures that they are.

In fact, while black cats are most often viewed as being a bad omen, in some parts of the world they’re actually considered good luck. In the South of France, for example, people believe that a black cat that’s treated well and respected will bestow good fortune on whoever owns it.

It’s a similar story in England, where sailors have long believed that keeping black cats happy ensures fair weather when they’re out at sea. The wives of English fishermen also believe that a black cat kept inside the house will make sure their husbands return home safely.

If you adore these loving and playful kitties as much as we do, then National Black Cat Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate them in the way they deserve. And to help you figure out how, here’s everything you need to know about this special annual event.

What is National Black Cat Day?

While in countries such as Scotland, England, and Japan, the black cat is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity, in most parts of the Western world, black cats are still associated with negative connotations. 

Sadly, the black cat's unfortunate reputation as being unlucky means that they experience lower rates of adoption and higher rates of euthanization compared to all other cat breeds.

But fear not, because that’s exactly what brought National Black Cat Day into existence, an annual event that aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding these magnificent creatures.

What day is National Black Cat Day?

National Black Cat Day is celebrated on the 27th of October and in 2021, it falls on a Wednesday, making it a great excuse for a midweek celebration! 

How can you get involved on National Black Cat Day?

Portrait of black cat against white background

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Whether you own a black cat or just love them to pieces, there are several ways you can get in on all the National Black Cat Day spirit. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Show off your black cat on social media

If you’re the proud pet parent of one of these little beauties, then why not spend the day showing them off on social media? Whether it’s Instagram, Facebook or Tiktok, you can upload photos and videos of your feline to raise awareness of this important event. Just make sure you hashtag your entries with reference to National Black Cat Day.

2. Adopt a black cat

According to PETA, black cats are two-thirds less likely than white cats to be adopted and 50% less likely than tabby cats to find a new home, so if you’re in a position to do so, why not head down to your local animal shelter and welcome your very own Sylvester into the family.

3. Have a black cat TV marathon

From Salem in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Bagheera in the Jungle Book to Snowball in the Simpsons and Lucifer in Cinderella, there are more than enough TV shows and movies featuring black cats to keep you entertained for the day.

4. Get baking

If you find being in the kitchen therapeutic, why not whip up a batch of DIY cat treats? You can either spoil your own kitty or cash in on Halloween and make some homemade Halloween cat treats that you can sell with the profits going to your local animal shelter.

What’s the difference between National Black Cat Day and National Black Cat Appreciation Day?

Not a lot! National Black Cat Appreciation Day is held on August 17th and is basically just another day where we get to celebrate our furry black friends. Because, let’s face it, these little guys need all the love they can get.

Kathryn Rosenberg

Kathryn is a freelance writer with a passion for creating health and wellness, travel and wildlife content. Originally from New Zealand, her nomadic lifestyle has her currently fur baby-less. She scratches her pet parent itch by stealing frequent cuddles with any neighbourhood cat kind enough to indulge her.