In case you hadn't noticed, it's October. And that means cooler temperatures, pumpkins, hay (in my part of the country) and Halloween. Halloween means candy, spiders, costumes and...
Ship's cats are particularly lucky if they are black - sailor's wives often kept black cats to ensure the safety of her husbands.
And I am sure you've all heard that black cats seek employment as witches familiars.
* Owning a black cat. (or having him own you)
* Having a black cat greet you at a door.
* Having a black cat enter your home.
Bad luck associated with black cats include:
* Meeting a black cat early in the morning. (before he's had his coffee)
* Having a black cat turn its back on you.
* Scaring a black cat away from your home.
If a black cat in your home is good luck, why are black cats only half as likely to get adopted as cats of any other color? Because of the scary witch thing? That's SO middle ages.
Temple Grandin mentions in her book, Animals Make Us Human, that black cats tend to be more social and friendly than cats of any other color. There have been a handful of studies on the subject and plenty of anecdotal evidence. So if you plan to adopt a cat from a shelter, look for a black one. He just might bring you good luck.