May 26 2013 Latest news:
BY RICHARD CORNWELL, Felixstowe editor
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
AS youngsters prepare for trick or treat, witches could find themselves a new companion – with several black cats looking for new homes.
The homeless cats and kittens at Felixstowe’s Blue Cross animal rescue centre are hoping for a change of luck this Hallowe’en – with officials at the charity saying black cats are often overlooked by people looking for new pets.
They believe because of their association with superstition, it may stop people re-homing them.
But the cats are considered both lucky and unlucky, depending on where you come from.
Common myths about black cats include:
■ In some countries it is believed that if a black cat crosses your path it will bring good luck, and in others bad.
■ In Germany it depends which direction a black cat walks in front of you.
Left to right means good times ahead, but walking the other direction means the opposite
■ Italians believe that if a black cat jumps on the bed next to a sick person, the person will soon die
■ If a black cat appears on your doorstep in Scotland it means you’re coming into money
Andrew Gillon, manager of the centre in Walton High Street, said: “We don’t know why some people don’t want to adopt a black cat, perhaps they are superstitious about it and think they are unlucky.
“We’re urging people who are thinking of adopting a cat to take a closer look at the black cats we are caring for; they really are just as affectionate and loving as the brighter coloured pets.”
■ Anyone wishing to offer a home to one of the black cats at the Blue Cross should visit www.bluecross.org.uk or call 0300 777 1480
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