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Infographic: Black Cat Facts

By Stacy Painter
published: October 27, 2019 - updated: October 3, 2022 • 1 min. read

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In celebration of National Black Cat Day on October 27th, we’re recognizing midnight-colored kitties with some fun facts about black cats. Which of these facts are new and surprising to you?

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Black Cat Facts

  • Puritans associated black cats with women they believed to be witches, and that’s how they became Halloween symbols.
  • There are 22 different registered cat breeds that can have a solid black coat.
  • The Bombay is the only all-black cat breed.
  • The Egyptians considered all cats (including black cats) good luck.
  • In some parts of the world, it’s believed that owning a black cat can improve your love life.
  • Historically, British sailors believed a black cat would bring the ship good luck (in addition to hunting mice).
  • The sun can turn a cat’s black fur to a rusty color.
  • Genetic mutations responsible for black coat color also help protect cats from some diseases.
  • A black cat’s inheritance in the UK in 1988 was $12.5 million, which made him the world’s richest cat.
  • There are more male black cats than female black cats.



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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry and pet insurance specifically for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for Healthy Paws pet insurance was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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