It’s A Black Cat Bonanza!

You guys!

It’s Friday. The 13th. While most people might be fleeing from Jason Voorhees at this point in time, I thought instead that we would celebrate black cats! It’s a black cat bonanza! Except minus the guns and desert wagons! I’ve even painted myself to match for the celebration:

No Crepes were harmed in the making of this Photoshopped photo.

No Crepes were harmed in the making of this Photoshopped photo.

Let’s begin with this film by CATastrophes. We have specially released a film today to celebrate the magic of black cats. It stars Hemingway as Magic Kevin. His people have had some seriously good luck since they’ve adopted him, but the minute they leave him behind to get neutered, their lives go haywire. Check it out and please share!

May I present the WORLD PREMIER of Lucky CATastrophe!

You may have noticed that fabulous black kitty there called Magic Kevin. Well, his real name is Hemingway , he has six toes, and he’s available for adoption from Chicago Cat Rescue. We hope that our film will help him find the home he deserves! Check out CATastrophes on Monday to see a video all about him!

 

Hemingway as Magic Kevin

Hemingway as Magic Kevin

 

You may also have noticed from Lucky CATastrophe that we filmed at Save A Pet IL in Grayslake, IL. They have LOTS of black kitties. For instance, meet Astrologer. He’s FIV Positive-ly huggable! Save A Pet recommends he be placed with other FIV+ cats or very laid back cats because he can occasionally get a bit out of hand with like-minded kitties and wants to always be dominant. He would also make a great only cat in a house with no kids. He loves walking on a harness and is ready to play!  He has a few allergies, but who doesn’t these days?

He can see into your future...and it includes him, a couch, and a bag of treats.

He can see into your future…and it includes him, a couch, and a bag of treats.

Astrologer is available to adopt or for permanent foster. You can meet him here!

Next up, we have this fabulous film by Cole and Marmalade called BLACK CATS RULE! Cole is a huge supporter of black cats and a good friend of mine, so I hope you’ll enjoy his video.

 

And, if you feel like giving a black cat-themed gift to someone you really love, check out this super cool Black Cats Shaker! It’s made by Kate from Hauspanther for The Tiniest Tiger and features 100% organic catnip.

I can smell it from here!

I can smell it from here!

Get one here!

That’s it, everyone! Thank you for coming to our black cat bonanza. I hope that you’ll take part in sharing these cool videos and kitties. Let’s help some black cats find homes!

Love,

Crepes.

Tuesday Haikusday: Black Cats

I figure I’ll keep the black cat theme going this week. Eh hem…

Wherever I go, there you are.

This fellow is adoptable from Tree House. Ask for Lead Belly. Photo by the excellent John Boehm.

 Black cats are colored

like sleek ninjas of the night.

Footsteps in the dark.

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Hunting, eating, sleep.

They cannot be seen at all.

Mission accomplished.

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Dressing up nicely?

Black’s for any occasion.

You will wear their fur.

MAN I made them sound SO cool. Here’s what I’d look like if I were a black cat:

if crepes were blackAnd in case you missed yesterday’s video, we have reenacted one man’s story: I peed on my cat.

Has this ever happened to you? Because I had to play the cat that got peed on and man, that was the toughest role I’ve ever had to take on. It took all my strength as an actor not to laugh during that scene. Anyway, here it is.

Love,

Crepes.

Confession Friday: I Wish I Was #Magicats

It’s true. Magic cats do exist, and they exist in the form of black cats. I’ve been going on about black cats for three days now because I want a world that has equality amongst all colors of cats. Black cats, especially in October, are maligned as evil and part of witchcraft, and it’s just not true! They are, however, magical, because how else could you get a photo like this:

The Magic Eyes of a Black Cat

The Magic Eyes of a Black Cat

That’s not even photoshopped! That’s how cool my brother Niles looks when he’s in front of a black background!

I’m writing this post today to invite people to join me in my quest to get #magicats to trend on Twitter and Facebook. I want to see everyone, this month especially, leave notes and photos about how awesome their black cats are. (I’m @refrigeratorcat) Let’s get this out there and start changing black cats into the cats everyone wants to adopt!

Love,

Creeps (And Niles)

Umm.. obviously magic is happening here. How else can this possibly occur?!

Umm.. obviously magic is happening here. How else can this possibly occur?!

Black Cats: The Truth Behind the Darkness

Alana here today.

While Crepes is busy dying her fur black and getting my towels all dirty, I’d like to, during this month of Halloween, stop for a moment and consider black cats. In the USA, black cats are often associated with Halloween superstition and witches. They are also the least adopted color of cat, leaving many more of them in shelters. In fact, there are several shelters dedicated just to black cats because of their need for extra help (like this one is Boston, MA.) But was it always this way?

Our black cat, Niles, enjoying a sun puddle.

Our black cat, Niles, enjoying a sun puddle.

In ancient Egypt, cats were considered sacred, black cats, included. In the USA, it was the Salem witch trials that turned the tide against the favor of our charcoal-coated friends. Cats became associated with witchcraft, and not the good kind of witchcraft either, but the kind that sadly got many innocent people burned at the stake. To this day, any visit to a local retail Halloween section will point out that this prejudice is still alive and well as one notes the numerous black cats with arched backs and bared fangs, many of which are sitting at the foot of a motley looking witch.

In other countries, though, black cats are quite the opposite. For instance:

  • In Asia, black cats are considered good luck.
  • Great Britain also sees black cats as lucky. Tokens of them are given to brides to bring fortune.
  • In Scotland, a black cat arriving at your home brings prosperity.
  • Sailors sought out black cats to bring aboard ships for good luck.
  • Ancient Egyptian households kept black cats in the hopes of bringing favor onto themselves from the Goddess Bastet.

A quick Google search shows that over the years, many US shelters have suspended adoptions of black cats around Halloween, even though they already have trouble placing them, for fear that they will be adopted as a novelty or decoration and then abandoned. At worst, they fear torture of these animals in the hands of sadistic people who, sadly, do exist in this world and will play pranks on black cats, injuring or killing them, simply for a joke. Is it necessary to completely suspend adoptions for cats that need homes? Perhaps it might be in some areas with high regard for superstition. Or maybe it’s best to increase the screening policies for people looking to adopt black cats around Halloween time. With so many shelters having made the choice to suspend adoptions, it’s likely scaring other shelters into doing the same. Perhaps it’s best that each shelter make the decision on a case by case basis, by judging the current overall culture regarding black cats during any given year, as well as by evaluating their geographical location, and by further evaluating anyone else as individuals. It’s a difficult topic.

Niles, in black and, well, all black.

Niles, in black and, well, all black.

Hopefully, we can look forward to a future in the USA where black cats are regarded with reverence, as they once were in ancient times, and as they often still are in other countries, and to a time where black cats at Halloween signify prosperity and joy, rather than evil. At CatInTheFridge.com, we support the adoption of black cats (we have one here and he’s fabulous) and will do our part by spreading the word about their greatness and by trying to rid them of their nefarious superstitions any chance we get. It’s fun to celebrate black cats at Halloween, so we want to do it in the most positive way possible. We plan to showcase a few as bachelors this month, working with shelters who won’t be suspending their adoptions but who will be using care to place them, as they do for all their adoptables. Until we reach our goal of a Good Luck Black Cat, let’s use our best judgement regarding adoptions, and keep our own pets safe during the season by keeping them inside, particularly on Halloween evening. And let’s celebrate the wonderful black cat who, above all else, is simply magical. #magicats

 

Sources:

 About.com-Black Cats Folklore

Catster.com – Halloween Danger for Black Cats – Fact or Fiction?

Wikipedia.com – Black Cat

Peta.org – How to Keep Your Animals Safe During Halloween

Tampabay.com – Keep Black Cats, Other Animals, Safe During Halloween Season

 

PS. If you love black cats, visit House Panthers, a club for black cat enthusiasts!  Niles is a distinguished member!