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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?
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.