Black Cat Folklore

Black cats have long been associated with Halloween, and frequently found in myths and folklore. Some people believe that black cats are witches' familiars, or close companions. Others think that black cats are witches reincarnated.

In the Middle Ages, black cats were regarded as evil. Perhaps because cats are largely nocturnal, and beings of the night are often feared.

Today, Halloween and black cats go hand-in-hand, primarily because decorating often involves pictures of witches and their feline companions. Depending on geography, black cats are thought to bring bad or good luck. Here is some of the common folklore and beliefs:

* Finding a white hair on a black cat brings good luck.

* To dream of a black cat is lucky.

* In Asia, a black cat is considered lucky.

* It is unlucky to have a black cat cross your path.

* A funeral procession that comes across a black cat indicates another death in the family will be imminent.

* Some believe if a black cat lay on the bed of a sick person, he or she would die.

* A black cat seen from behind brings a bad omen.