They pelted the cat with rocks, until the poor animal fled into the home of a woman who at the time was being accused of being a witch. The next day, the father and son saw the woman who lived in the house. She was limping and bruised, so they assumed witches could turn into black cats at night to roam around unobserved. This belief spread to the USA with the first settlers and was held firmly during the Salem witch trials.
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Even today many people think black cats bring bad luck. Around Halloween for example, black cats are portrayed on all sorts of decorative items, often accompanied by witches. Luckily, there are some places in the world where black cats are considered good luck. In Scotland for example, a strange black cat arriving at your home is believed to bring prosperity. In the rest of Britain, a black cat crossing your path is considered good luck.
The same goes for Japan.
Unfortunately, black cats are still less likely to be adopted from a shelter than their more colorful buddies. So next time you adopt a new furry friend, please consider giving a black cat a forever home. Are you already the owner of a black cat?
There is actually no such thing as a pure red cat. All red cats are red tabby with tabby markings either very obvious tabby or very faint red. CREAM - Kittens are often born with faint tabby markings which usually disappear with the adult coat at about 9 months. The cat can look like a smoke, but because neither parent cat has a white undercoat, the kitten cannot be a smoke.
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The kitten coat will darken as the cat gets older. A chinchilla silver may be so light that it looks like a white cat, but because neither parent is white, the kitten cannot be a white. Green eye color on a white cat with silver parentage is a good sign that the cat is a chinchilla silver, not a white. Those small differences will make the cat a shaded tortie or shell tortie, not a shaded silver or chinchilla silver.
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Smoke - Often difficult to tell from solid color kittens except that smokes sometimes have white around the eyes and a paler stomach. May take some months to tell which kittens will be smoke because the full coat color is sometimes not seen until the adult coat comes in at 2 years. Undercoat begins to show at 3 weeks, and by weeks have a mottled look. Tabby - Markings will show even at birth. Often the darker the stripes at birth, the clearer the adult pattern will be.
Tabby or Patched Tabby? Blue-Cream or Blue? Often the kitten will look much like a pale blue in the first few weeks. Even a small patch of cream, or just a few hairs of cream, or if the paw pads are mottled blue and cream, will make the cat a blue-cream, not a blue. Tortoiseshell or Black?
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Kittens are born creamy white with pink paw pads, noses and ears. Point color gradually develops over the first few weeks. In seal point and blue point, a blob of color first appears on the nose after 10 days, but it may be 3 months before chocolate and lilac points become apparent.
Colors may not be fully developed until 1 year. Blue Point or Lilac Point?
A blue point has slate gray, a lilac point has lavender pink. Seal Point or Chocolate Point? A chocolate point has cinnamon pink, the seal point has seal brown. Seal Point or Tortie Point? Blue Point or Bluecream Point? If the color is a mottled blue and pink, the cat is a bluecream point, not a blue point. Flame Point or Cream Point? There are hot creams and light reds.
If both parent cats are definitely dilutes blue, cream or bluecream , the offspring cannot be a flame point.
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