Raising Awareness On National Black Cat Day

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blackcat.jpgNational Black Cat Day was on October 27th in the UK to raise awareness and encourage people to adopt a black cat. As a fellow cat lover, I feel that all cats deserve love and care. Unfortunately, black cats are often the least popular option for adoption. This is due to a lot of old superstitious tales that tell us that black cats are bad luck. They are seen as bad omens, company of witches or having magical powers. One of the popular reason, is that most people want to have a colourful cat, as black and black and white cats are very common. In the past, the cats we adopted into our home were based on personality. Sometimes it was the cat that chose us. I remember the moment we left the adoption centre, one of the cats that we patted ran to the window as we drove off. He was scratching and meowing loudly, telling us to take him home and we ended up picking him.

“If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp … The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.”
― Muriel Spark, A Far Cry from Kensington

Artwork by Taiyo Matsumoto

The Subtle Signs That Mean You Are A Cat Person

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6ecb14289121daeecdbda091c6c748bb.jpgCats have always been part of my childhood growing up, as I had a ginger, tabby and black and white cat. My simple reason is that cats need less training, in terms of behaving and toilet training. They sleep for most of the hours of the day, are a great companion when sad and have a wonderful way of cheering you up by getting comfortable sitting on your lap. Cats are very clever and cheeky animals, but also incredibly loving. My old cat Summer used to regularly bring us home a dinner by placing it nicely in front of each persons door.

These subtle (and not so subtle) points are mostly from my experience, but hopefully some cat lovers cat relate.

They sleep with you on the bed. Under covers, beside your head or across your legs. Purring through the night. They love to cuddle beside you and share your body warmth.

You prefer their laid back nature. With the exception of their hunting hours and night time adventures. I do love dogs, but there are some that can be very overwhelmingly energetic.

Your clothing always has cat hair on it. Especially if your cat loves to be held or sit on your lap, you are more than likely to have cat hairs around the house.

When you go to the toilet, you leave a gap open. Believe it or not it happens more often, as this article here mentions. My cat would always sit outside if I left the door closed.

You leave the unpacked boxes for your cat. There’s something about cats with small spaces. They love it. Christmas time was a very happy time for them.

Playing with them with a string. Cats and strings can be so entertaining.

Taking photos with your cat. I can’t count the amount of pictures I’d take with my cats with a smile on my face, while they look sweetly unimpressed.

You get excited when you see a cat on the street. Living in Sydney, there was often a black cat that I regularly saw. Each time I see a cat I feel like a child again, curious and eager to pat it.

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Why I Can’t Help Loving Cats

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I grew up in the country side, and as many small town country girl stories could go, you can imagine there were a lot of rolling green hills, endless forests, running streams, lakes, beautiful skies, fresh air and animals. I’ve had numerous pets and farm animals from cats, budgies, mice, fish, guinea pigs, dog, chickens, pigs and the good ol’ cows, sheep and horses. Not to mention the cheeky hedgehogs, night time owls and wild cats that stroll around. My dog particularly liked to chase the possums, which always gave me a fright when he’d run past. Animals are such wonderful creatures, and each have their own clever ways of surviving.

Cats are deeply understanding. Especially when you need it most. I can’t remember all the moments I’ve felt upset or cried, and my cat comes sit on my lap innocently purring. There is something about holding a ball of warm fur that’s very comforting. Similarly to when you lie on the bed, they will invite themselves on to cuddle with you creeping under the sheets. Cats are calm. As much as I love dogs, there are times where it’s nice to have the peace of a cat. They don’t require as much attention, and when they do give attention, it’s very loving. 

They don’t require any cleaning. Cats generally do a lot of cleaning themselves very much each day. They like to keep their mane clean. The best listeners are cats. They don’t judge, and they hold a certain elegance that makes you wonder what they may be thinking. They are the boss of their life and don’t need to rely too much on humans, except food and maybe the occasional cuddle. There is a sensitivity that they hold. Even though, cats may not be as expressive, they are emotional creatures. 

They are incredibly cheeky but highly intelligent. Full of personality, some are very quiet and other’s won’t stop talking. Somehow they will always know what you are thinking when you least expect it. Especially if you are reading a book, they will somehow put their paws right on the page you’re reading. If anything, thinking back to the moments of when I saw my cats each day, it makes me really miss having a cat!