Today we are celebrating Black Cat Appreciation Day!
Unfortunately due to old myths and superstitions, black cats still have a bad reputation in some cultures. And because of these superstitions black cats have a very hard time getting adopted.
I could put together a list of reasons why you should adopt a black cat, but instead I will tell you a story.
When I was a child (maybe 8 or 9 years old, I can´t be sure), a black cat started visiting our backyard. We had no pets at that time because our mom wouldn’t let us (she was afraid we would get some disease from them or get bitten). Without our parents knowing we started giving this black cat treats and soon he started visiting every day.
From the first day he would let us pet him and he would never bite or scratch us. One day he decided to stay and become our full time pet. Of course our parents found out and our mother had to accept him. We never knew if he had another family or if he was feral, we just knew that one day he decided to stay.
So, I decided to call him Nino – I gave him this name after a music tv show host named Nino Firetto (the show aired in Portugal and I loved watching it). Nino was already an old cat, but he stayed with us for several years until he passed away. He was the sweetest cat I ever met. He followed us everywhere and loved giving us head bonks all the time.
So, my first cat was a sweet black beauty and I still miss him today. Rest in peace angel Nino!