|One of the many striking black cats adopted from WARL|
Friday the 13th, often considered bad luck, only happens twice a year. Black cats, almost always available for adoption in animal shelters, are considered bad luck in some cultures. But, did you know, that --
I've been lucky to share my home over the years with two black cats. Sidney, my very first cat, convinced me that black cats brought neither good luck nor bad, but provided endless hours of entertainment. She loved to retrieve (unlike Nigel, my Labrador RETRIEVER). Her bad luck was personal, she suffered from a fatal brain tumor when she was not quite 10-years-old. Gladys, my second black cat, started out with bad luck of her own ---scraggly, and barely a year-old, she was reportedly chased up a telephone pole by a teeth-barring dog and stayed there for more than a day until she was rescued by an animal control officer. She came to live with me as a foster and reigned as queen of her castle for nearly 18 years. I was lucky to have been loved by them both.
- Black cats were thought to bring good fortune in ancient Egypt.
- Black cats are considered lucky in many Asian countries, and England too.
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