Skip to comments.Black Cat Appreciation Day: Do You Know Your Melanistic Cats?
Posted on 08/18/2013 3:35:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
Today is designated as National Black Cat Appreciation Day. It is a tributeif you willto any solid black domestic cat of pure or mixed breed pedigree, and, perhaps, some of their wild feline cousins.
The awareness and appreciation day is, in part, intended to help dispel age-old superstitions concerning black cats. Hopes are that the celebration will popularize these single-colored felids among the demographic of cat owners, potential owners, and foster parents in the United States. This is all in light of legendary myths that have lead to the demise of black cats for centuries.
Although some cultures consider the black cat to be good luck, as is the case in the UK, most US residents fear these boldly colored feline companion animalsdoing everything they can to avoid crossing the path of a black cat. Presumably, they are also less inclined to take one of these dark colored creatures home.
For staff and volunteers at animal shelters nationwide, it is hoped that black cats, which are usually the last to be adopted, if at all, benefit from this day of heightened black cat awareness.
Despite the reluctance of many to keep black cats, solid black is a permitted color option in 22 cat breeds registered by the US-based Cat Fanciers Association.
Melanism, which is also seen in 11 of the 36 wild felid species, produces yellow irises as a result of high levels of melanin in the pigment of these carnivorans. In addition, melanism, the opposite of albinism, is most prevalent in male cats.Incidentally, the black panther refers to any melanistic jaguar, leopard or jaguarundi. To date, no record of melanism has been reported in cougars (Puma concolor), including the Florida pantheran endangered subspecies of cougar (aka mountain lion, catamount, puma).
Phenotype transmission analyses suggests that melanism, which is hypothesized to be adaptive in some felid species for ambushing prey, arose independently several times in the cat family (Felidae). More recently, melanism has been suspected of confering some immunological benefit to cats with regard to pathogen resistance.
Remember that keeping large cats is illegal in many states and private ownership is highly frowned upon due to the dangers of working with exotic felids and their challenging welfare needs in captivity.
If you choose to rescue a black cat or any other domestic felid in need, please remember to keep the cats inside or construct an outdoor catio enclosure for them.
I also encourage you to read Cat Whisperer (Random House) by cat behaviorist Mieshelle Nagelschneider. The science-based book is especially recommended if you need to address behavioral issues in multi-cat households or are contemplating relinquishing an animal or rescuing another feline friend.
In my review of the book, I said The reason people are so mesmerized by house cats is because they are truly miniature versions of lions, tigers, and leopards. Mieshelle explains in an unprecedented and a most accessible way, the behavior of the house cat, with her unique insight into the often misunderstood companion animal that is as wild as we have become civilized.
Thanks to Gefn for the link!
"..luk intoo my Iyez"
When are M-80 and Silver Salute Appreciation Days?
Some of my favorite cats have been black. (See profile page)
I have a big, black cat. He tips the scales at 17lbs and he’s not fat.
He positively loves being picked up and held like a baby, even allowing me to rock him back and forth as if he was in swaddling clothes.
My maternal grandparents would have nothing but black cats. They thought it made it easier for them to sneak up on rats.
Have a question about a cat.
I have adopted a stray in our neighborhood. Unfortunately, this stray has a twin brother who is not so nice, and a sister who is pregnant. She is bloated but not being experienced, I can’t tell how far along she is. I want to capture her and keep her in a cage so that she can have food and water, and a safe place to have her kitten. She would have to stay outside because I’m allergic. The cage that I have is a rabbit cage. Should I trap her or not?
My late Dad loved black cats and always had a “Blackie” in the house for most of his 80+ years. I remember Christmas of 1962 (I was 10) we adopted a black cat at the Seattle pound and when my grandma said “you should call it ni**er”, my mother replied, “we don’t use that word in this house”.
That’s a beautiful Texas kitty!
Frankenstein was the mother of the great cat race. She begat the coolest cat of them all,,CAT. Plus, he gets extra cool cats for his wardrobe and putting up with Rimmer.
That explains why Mink, my black kitty, has been in such a snit.
I didn’t get her a card or “Black Cat Appreciation Day” gift. Or anything!
I wonder if I can gain forgiveness with some Fancy Feast?
Do tuxedo kitties count?
I have one almost all black and two tuxedo’s.
>>when my grandma said you should call it ni**er, my mother replied, we dont use that word in this house.<<
I was expecting the sentence to end with, “and the fight began.”
I wouldn’t - cats don’t understand cages. IMO, befriend her, give her someplace safe and warm to have the kittens, and after they’re about 6-8 weeks old, trap, neuter, and release the family.
Also, call a local animal rescue group in your area and see if they have any suggestions. They might also be able to help with the TNR.
I hope so - I have two tuxies myself.
We were recently adopted by a tuxedo kitty. He was apparently part of a litter abandoned by some renters that moved and left them. He is staying as an outside cat for now, much to the displeasure of our indoor cats that would love to have outdoor privileges.
My black cat, Solomon, knows that he is appreciated, and not on just one day a year.
I’ve been trying but she always runs away. :(
I just realized that if I catch her and cage her, how do I clean the cage?
Meh. Anyone who came across My post the other day concerning why cats are truly to be appreciated, not to mention the replies I posted to a female freeper’s claim that dogs were actually better, knows that there are far better reasons to have a Cat Appreciation Day, lol!
I have a BLACK Lab and you can’t see her in the dark. And the camera can’t see her in the daylight. She’s like a photon magnet.
Bloody great pic! Stealing it for My collection... *waggles eyebrows, slowly preens moustache*
Black cats are entitlement cats...
*laugh* Too funny! Saving for possible wallpaper-useage later, LOL!
"Do not hold in hand"
The only thing that would help that situation you describe wouldn’t be figuring out how to “clean her cage”. You would have to put her in a large enclosed area that could contain food, water and a kitty “toilet”. That would take care of the momma but when the kitties were born, what then, in terms of tiny babies and “toilet” needs.
I agree with the advice to try to provide an area where she could have the kittens if she chooses, but where she is free to come and go and you would not feel you had to keep cleaning up the area.
As for her running away, obviously she fears being trapped or whatever “for her own good”. Keeping on trying to get her just feeds that sense of defensiveness.
All I can add is try to get her comfortable with you as a friend who only wants to give her sustenance and a few kind words, so she would be content near you, in your area. Might try calling her a particular name over and over in a gentle tone.
I once sang a song to such a cat as that, tho she wasn’t old enough quite yet to be pregnant but she needed my help and was pretty wild. Today that cat has been with me about a dozen years...she came around.
Need to mention, the cat I just told you about in my other post, IS BLACK!
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