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The Wisdom of Black Cats

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The Wisdom of Black Cats

It’s Halloween week, and I’m seeing black cat decorations all around me. Black cats have gotten a bad rap for centuries — many cultures have perpetuated myths about them. They have been maligned and even tortured because of their alleged association with evil and witchcraft. Chinese believed a black cat was an omen for poverty, and German folklore says that a black cat jumping on a sick bed signals that death is near.

We cat lovers know the truth about black cats. They make very loving, playful companions. And so as I wait for the coming of Trick-or-Treaters and The Great Pumpkin, I would like to take a moment to thank all the black cats who have crossed my path over the years. They weren’t bad luck at all, but a source of joy and wisdom. There are far too many to mention, but a few stand out.

Thanks to Maya, who opened a friend’s heart, and continues to watch over the stepchild he has lost. Thanks to Puyi, named for a boy emperor, who as a tiny kitten had the courage to leap into my sister’s hands from the roof of an apartment building. He continues his journey by comforting my recently widowed mother.

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Susan Wagner

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond. Dr. Wagner is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Veterinary College, a Level IV Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear.

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1:32PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

My life became 100 times better when my beautiful black Siamese mix Onyx (pictured left) came into my life. He's brought me more love, joy, peace, loyalty, companionship, laughs, and cuddles than anyone. My life improved since he rescued me. ;)~

It's a shame and so sad that till this day there is a stigma associated with black cats especially more than dogs. I heard/hear it all the time. You have a black cat? Are you a witch?

Really?.... Really Dude?..... Sigh.........

2:19AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

In my neighborhood there are 3 black cats. Every time I see one I consider my day blessed. They're so beautiful.

9:07PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thank You!

9:06PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thank You!

8:11AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

3 of our 5 cats are black. Well, 1 is a Tuxedo. He even has a pewter gray and white littermate.

We have never had a shelter cat because people are always 'giving' us a cat or kitten.

One was living in our garage. I moved her food bowl up to the door a little more every day and brought her in. She hasn't been out since and doesn't even want to now.

I love all of them, even the one who is only a year old and still into everything. He didn't get too much attention at his previous owners place. Now, he is smooched on every day.

8:05PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Two of my five kitties are solid black and we love all of them - they're all sweet kitties.

10:25AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Black cats get a bad rap just like pit bulls black cats have a harder time getting adopted out taken in as strays I don't know WHY i have five black cats an they are the most loving cats in the world an they are smart to. =^..^=

1:09PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Thank you!

5:30AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:57PM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

from my own experience Ihave found black and black and white cats the most intelligent

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