Stormy, Smokey, Shadow, and the Fight to Protect Black Cats
The connection between black cats and something ominous or monstrous is nothing new. In fact, the somewhat magical power of black cats has featured strongly in cultures around the globe for centuries. Thought to be evil spirits, Druid circles in Europe that go back over 2,000 years were known to sacrifice black cats on the last night of October.
Not coincidentally, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital hope to raise awareness of these special animals. No longer linked to dangerous witchcraft or pagan revelry, black cats are still widely viewed as “bad luck.” But not if we can help!
Not to be Trusted?
While the ancient Egyptians worshipped cats, the majority of other cultures decided they were not to be trusted. Whether harbingers of ill-health or happenstance, black cats have been persecuted ever since.
Examining the Cause
Certain stories or legends cast a frightening light on the abilities of black cats, but they’re somewhat antiquated nowadays. Many people thought witches could transform themselves into the shape and size of a typical black cat, and they’ve also been associated with the devil and anarchy.
It may seem ridiculous now, but people could not seem to find any reason for their lustrous, thick, dark fur, their shining, almost luminous eyes, and their distinctly mystical natures.
Oh, That’s Good!
Fortunately, the ancient Egyptians aren’t alone in their acceptance of black cats. Japan and parts of Great Britain welcome black cats with open arms. It’s believed crossing paths with one actually conjures good luck, not bad!
Protecting Black Cats on Halloween
It may be unusual, but it’s not unheard of for black cats to go missing on or around Halloween. Certain types of satanic rituals call for animal sacrifice, but more often, teenagers aim to hurt or harm a black cat on this frightening holiday.
Shelters typically uphold bans on adopting black cats in the weeks leading up to Halloween in the off-chance they’ll get hurt (or worse) by prospective owners.
If you’re looking to add a black cat to your family, inquire with the shelter before Halloween. You might have to wait until November, but you can rest assured that the one you have your eye on will remain safe and sound.
Indoor cats lead healthier, safer lives any day of the year, but especially during Halloween. If you’re already a lucky owner of a black cat who enjoys nightly strolls, please do your best to keep him or her behind closed doors. Not only will this protect your black cat from coming into contact with those who might cause harm, but black cats are notoriously difficult for automobile drivers to see in the dark.
To reduce the risk of losing your cat, make sure he or she is microchipped.
The Pet Experts Love Black Cats
Black cats are amazing pets and, like other animals, they need extra special care. If you have any questions or concerns about keeping black cats safe this time of year, we encourage you to contact us.
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor’s Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
Halloween Party & Adoption Event!
Join us on Sunday, October 21st from 11AM - 2PM for a Halloween Party & Adoption Event! Meet local rescues with pets available for adoption while you enjoy treats & raffles! Dress to impress, we'll be taking $5 pet photos that benefit our rescue partners and also host a pet costume contest at 12:30PM! Check out the Facebook event HERE.
Save the Date! Join Us at the Magnificent Mutts & Meows Run4Paws 5K!
Join us and rescue partners Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue for their 4th annual Run4Paws 5K & 2K Puppy Path! The event takes place Saturday, October 6th at McCollum Park (6801 Main St.) in Downers Grove with the race starting promptly at 9AM. The best part: attendees are welcome to race with their dog! Medals are awarded for males and females in each age category.
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