Shutting Down Black Cat Superstitions

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While in many parts of the world are seen in the United States, it's no secret that black cat superstitions still abound and that is still a problem. It's said to be a bad girl if one crosses your path, and they're the classic witch sidekick.

According to a 2013 ASPCA study, there are more black cats in general due to the fact that black is a dominant gene trait. Since there are more people in need of help, they have to overcome stereotypes, they can not help. Here are a few people, organizations – and even a cat – doing exactly that.

Famous black cats like the superstitions

The lovely Sophie the Model was made for the spotlight. Instagram Photography: @sophie_the_model.

The lovely Sophie the Model was made for the spotlight. Instagram Photography: @sophie_the_model.

When Jennifer Miller found a kitten under a dumpster, she wanted to foster her until she placed her. Now, 220k Instagram fans later (@sophie_the_model), it's clear that did not work out as planned! She says Sophie is, "The best thing that happened to our family."

It was only after that Sophie became aware of the misconception associated with black cats. Through Sophie's social media and public events, she hopes to open her eyes.

To say Sophie was made for the spotlight is an understatement. As Jennifer puts it, "She was a model in a life, and there's nothing I can do it." Jennifer brings Sophie's distinct personality to life through her photographs and channels her voice through captions.

When people leave comments about black cats, she sees it as a teachable moment. But she's happy to report to her and she's happy to be here.

Black cat photographers shut up black cat superstitions

Taking pictures is a good way to catch a cat's personality. Photography © Erica Danger (@ericalikescats).

Taking pictures is a good way to catch a cat's personality. Photography © Erica Danger.

Julia Umansky, manager of client services at the ASPCA Adoption Center says, "A great photo can not only showcase an animal's personality and playfulness but can motivate potential adopters," noting a rise in adoption.

"Says Lori Fusaro, staff photographer at Best Friends Animal Society (@photolori on Instagram)." It's key to a photograph to speak to people. "I'm sure their ears are up, their eyes are bright and friendly … and they're making contact with the lens so when they're adopters see the photo, it's like they're looking right at them."

Cat mom Erica Danger (@ericalikescats on Instagram), Lori's photography assistant, has had a soft spot for cat, Banjo. In addition to her work at the Best Friends, she photographs and cat helps you get adopted. "If a cat is playful, I get a good shot of him in action to capture that side of his personality."

Nonprofits like Lulu Locker shut down black cat superstitions

Co-founded by Dawn Isenhart-Copp, Lulu's Locker Rescue, is a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Chicago area working to help overlooked and often misunderstood animals – like black cats – get adopted.

The group has a wide network of foster homes and a small area that is set up with a kitchen and bathroom. This allows you to adopt and interact with your personalities and how to behave in a real-world setting. This can be helpful for black cats.

Tilly, "Because she was more of a personality than they were looking for." She went right up to them and snuggled. "

Books like All Black Cats Are Not Alike shut down black cat superstitions

All Black Cats Are Not Alike by Amy Goldwasser. Photography © Chronicle Books.

All Black Cats Are Not Alike by Amy Goldwasser. Photography © Chronicle Books.

A book by writer Amy Goldwasser and her husband, Peter Arkle illustrator, take black cat stereotypes head-on. The couple, "lovingly hand-drawn, hand-lettered to the wilderness of personality, charisma and character of 50 highly individual all-black cats." Sonny, and his successor, Mimi.

Through his illustrations, Peter adeptly highlights distinguishing details of each cat, from their distinctive hue to face shape, eye color, expression and the wandering white whisker. Amy further reinforces the individuality of these ebony-furred felines.

ABC is a fun, more special, more memorable, more loving portrait to know that this ABC [All Black Cat] are in the gold box or the ice maker than they are if they're into mice or catnip. "

Besides being an entertaining read with frame-worthy artwork, the book leaves no doubt that

So what can you do to help shut up black cat superstitions?

  1. Bring some magic into a black cat's life, and adopt or foster one. Nothing's cooler than having a mini house panther!
  2. Black Cat Rescue and Rescue Black Cat Rescue.
  3. Volunteer at a local shelter by taking photographs or writing descriptions for their personalities to life.
  4. Post photos of your black cats on social media, and tell everyone how amazing and unique they are!

Tamar Arslanian resides in New York City with her two rescue cats, Kip and Haddie. She is the founder of and author of HarperCollins 'Shop Cats of New York, a Cat Writers' Association Muse Medallion winner. Find her on Instagram and Facebook at @ihavecat and @shopcatsofnewyork.

Thumbnail: Photography Best Friends Animal Society / Lori Fusaro.

Editor's note: This article appeared in Catster magazine. Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet's office? Subscribe to get Catster magazine delivered straight to you!

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