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Some secrets about black cats

by Monica Stefan 2 months ago in cat
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For cats, having black fur is an evolutionary advantage

Some secrets about black cats
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When I think of black cats, I think of Halloween decorations, movies, and stories with arched backs and hissing black cats.

Black cats have had a negative rep since the Middle Ages. They were once thought to be witches or demons in disguise, and they became a horrible omen of death and bad luck. Their sleek jet-black coats, hissing-fit attitudes, and arched backs give them a significantly more intriguing and aloof appearance than the usual cat.

Because I'd never owned a cat before, I didn't know what to anticipate when I brought home a stray black kitten. My knowledge of them was limited to Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Halloween.

Despite the fact that I was certain our kitten wasn't Professor McGonagall in disguise, I learned some intriguing facts about black cats that I didn't know before.

The fur of a black cat can change color.

I discovered something startling halfway through our first summer with Jelly. Her black fur began to change hues. Brownish-rust-colored stripes peeked out from behind her sleek black fur. They only appeared down one side of her body, which was odd.

It was the first time I'd ever seen a cat change colors. Was she unwell? Was she afflicted with a disease? I was worried.

Despite the fact that I was certain our kitten wasn't Professor McGonagall in disguise, I learned some intriguing facts about black cats that I didn't know before.

They are, however, attractive and exquisite cat models provided you figure out how to photograph them (which can be done).

For cats, having black fur is an evolutionary advantage.

Peanut Butter, my half-white, half-orange tabby, is easy to find at any time of day or night. He doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. I don't think he'd be able to hide in the woods. The moonlight sparkles off his white patches even at night. During our nightly trips to the restroom or kitchen for water, we've never tripped over him.

To pursue prey, black cats can conceal themselves in the dark.

Furthermore, research suggest that the gene that causes black cats to be black may also help them resist sickness.

Improved camouflage and disease resistance can improve a wild animal's chances of survival.

Black cats are no more mysterious or reclusive than other felines.

Black cats are sometimes depicted as distant and isolated, and their sleek black fur lends them a mysterious appearance. It makes sense, given how unsettling and intriguing two round amber eyes looking at you from a dark space may be.

When Jelly arrived, though, our perceptions of black cats shifted. She's a goofy and lovable kitty! She enjoys stealing hairbands from my daughter and Nerf rounds from my son. She's Houdini reincarnated, so hiding them in drawers won't help. Jelly is capable of opening drawers. I caught her red-handed (or red-pawed) going through my purse for hair ties.

Jelly is nothing like the black cats that are depicted in Halloween costumes. Her funny demeanor and summer sunbathing habit have brought so much to our lives. Black cats can't be stereotyped based on Halloween or their 'witchy' origins, while being full of surprises.

Photographing black cats is difficult.

Owners affectionately refer to black cats as "voids," and I can see why. Except for her bright eyes, Jelly's bodily features merge in with. Is that a shadow or a bunched-up black t-shirt on the floor?

I enjoy photographing my children and animals. Jelly's photos, on the other hand, never appear correct because her features blend together.

They are, however, attractive and exquisite cat models provided you figure out how to photograph them (which can be done).

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