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Black Cats: Born Lucky
The Animal Rescue Site ^ | Sep. 23, 2013

Posted on 10/22/2013 12:43:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Think black cats are bad luck? Think again!

The black coat of these fortuitous felines is an indication of melanism, the opposite of albinism. Of the 37 felidae species, 11 express the gene mutation that results in an ebony coat and yellow eyes. Outside of cats, however, melanism is rather rare.

In addition to giving them a striking color, melanism is believed to provide superior camouflage to the cats making them harder for their prey to detect. Developing research also suggests that the mutation confers resistance to pathogens, meaning black cats stay healthier.

Combined, these two advantages provide a significant evolutionary advantage over their different-colored cousins, meaning they survive longer and pass the genes for a black coat to their offspring.

These new discoveries prove that black cats don’t have bad luck at all! Classic black turns out to be the color of choice for felines born lucky.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
I love Basement Kitties.
1 posted on 10/22/2013 12:43:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 10/22/2013 12:43:59 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
This black cat was unlucky because he got a glimpse of Helen Thomas!
(Do NOT post any of her photos!)
3 posted on 10/22/2013 12:51:04 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Have you ANY idea what racist shit you just stirred up ?


4 posted on 10/22/2013 12:52:09 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof .... but they're true)
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5 posted on 10/22/2013 12:55:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Developing research also suggests that the mutation confers resistance to pathogens, meaning black cats stay healthier.”

Too bad my black Cat doesn’t know this - has been the unhealthiest Cat I’ve ever owned...


6 posted on 10/22/2013 12:56:53 PM PDT by jurroppi1
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To: Slings and Arrows
PFFT !

dang ... y'owe me a keyboard.

/8^0

7 posted on 10/22/2013 12:57:21 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof .... but they're true)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Me too! Mother also loved them.


8 posted on 10/22/2013 12:58:17 PM PDT by Jean2
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9 posted on 10/22/2013 12:58:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Slings and Arrows


Black cats rock! On the left is Mango, a.k.a. "Big Black Bear,"
and on the right is Hubey, "the Coolest Cat in Town."
They are brothers... bruthas!
10 posted on 10/22/2013 1:07:08 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I love basement kittehs too. But I would suggest that tortoiseshell tabbies are luckier. That was why we kept Monkey rather than her black littermate. :)


11 posted on 10/22/2013 1:10:55 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Mine sits on the front porch, and wards off evils spirits ... or just lies there sleeping. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell. He is completely ineffective at warding off Jehovah’s Witnesses.


12 posted on 10/22/2013 1:11:41 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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I used to have a friend who was a Jehovah’s Witness. He once tried to tell me a knock-knock joke and I ignored him.

He hasn’t spoken to me since.


13 posted on 10/22/2013 1:14:44 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Bad cats absorb luck. Thus they are lucky by making you unlucky.
14 posted on 10/22/2013 1:17:04 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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15 posted on 10/22/2013 1:44:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: jurroppi1

Every bell curve has a few outliers. I’m sorry about your cat.


16 posted on 10/22/2013 1:45:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Black cats are not unlucky. They bring bad luck to you, especially if they cross your path. My two tortoise-shell cats are the luckiest cats in town. They're spoiled rotten, and I enjoy spoiling them.
17 posted on 10/22/2013 1:56:44 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY, available from Amazon.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
basement cat photo: basement cat basementcat.jpg

Nobody wants to know who they got that luck from.

18 posted on 10/22/2013 2:03:07 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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19 posted on 10/22/2013 2:05:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Self-portrait? ;^)


20 posted on 10/22/2013 2:05:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JoeProBono
To protect 'em, at this time 'o year...paint 'em.


21 posted on 10/22/2013 2:13:51 PM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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To: Revolting cat!

22 posted on 10/22/2013 2:15:50 PM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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To: Slings and Arrows
 photo daphnebed_zpsc8510306.jpg

Daphne just keeping the bed warm for me. She doesn't sleep on the bed during the night but will occasionally lay at my feel while I nap.

23 posted on 10/22/2013 2:22:00 PM PDT by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: JoeProBono; Revolting cat!

24 posted on 10/22/2013 2:24:48 PM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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25 posted on 10/22/2013 2:27:04 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I had a black cat, Charlie, he was mostly very friendly but had a short temper. I was bitten and scratched many times during his 13 year life. He was lucky that I ended up with him, most people would not have tolerated the repeated temper attacks. He also did not know the difference between fighting and playing. Most cats will go easy on you when you are playing with them but with Charlie he was “balls out” all the time.

He was a great cat though. He used to sit on the piano bench with me and paw the keys when I was playing. He knew how to open cupboards and sometimes when I came home all of the ones he could reach were opened.

During his last days I had to hydrate him by sticking a needle under the skin of his back and draining water into him. He took that very well. I was surprised. No temper flareup at all. Maybe he knew it was needed.


26 posted on 10/22/2013 3:01:13 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Daffynition

Plop! That is too funny.

I am continually amazed at how my cats are able to judge the correct amount of energy for whatever jump they are planning although I have seen them mess up and then they look around to see if anyone saw them.


27 posted on 10/22/2013 4:18:10 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: HerrBlucher
During his last days I had to hydrate him by sticking a needle under the skin of his back and draining water into him. He took that very well. I was surprised. No temper flareup at all. Maybe he knew it was needed.

I'm very sorry to hear of your kitteh but I've had to go through that procedure as well and it's like the kitteh or dog knows it's for their own good. I have to give our cat weekly b12 injections and he takes them easily too.

I don't know what it is about kittehs but when you are petting or grooming them they can go from purring love machine to killing machine in an eye blink. I've got a cat that if he weighed a hundred pounds, I would be in trouble. I don't know what flips that switch but it cracks me up when they go through that disemboweling motion with their back legs. I've found that if they try to bite, I just stick my finger in their mouth between their canines, they can't bite down.

28 posted on 10/22/2013 4:24:46 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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Aren’t our feline critters funny! It looks as if the moggie thought the poofy red pillow was a laser dot....and was capturing it with her whole being. :D

Go BIG or go home!


29 posted on 10/22/2013 4:56:05 PM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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30 posted on 10/22/2013 4:58:39 PM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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To: cdcdawg

Our daughter has a black cat with a bobbed tail rescued from New Orleans after Katrina. I think he’s a spirit cat.


31 posted on 10/22/2013 5:05:58 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Lx

Our black cat can’t walk by a ladder without climbing it to see what’s at the top. Doesn’t matter if it’s 8 ft, 16 ft or even our 20 ft ladder; if I leave it leaning up against anything, he’ll be up there looking around. Even more impressive is watching him come down head-first.


32 posted on 10/22/2013 5:41:45 PM PDT by GreyHoundSailor
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To: JoeProBono

You have posted a picture of Lucas Prince of Darkness! Bryan even remarked that your gif looks just like him.

And he is quite a talker, as well.


33 posted on 10/22/2013 5:47:45 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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34 posted on 10/22/2013 5:59:46 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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Kittehs love heights. If I use a ladder to get into the attic, I have to move it or they go to the top and I’m afraid they’ll make the jump to get up there. If I’m inside the attic, I have to put the cover loosely on so they don’t join me too.

On our second floor, the stairs have a wide rail at top and it scares me when I see them jump without care onto the top. My wife thinks we should put something up there to stop them, we just haven’t figured out what to put up there.


35 posted on 10/22/2013 6:03:07 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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36 posted on 10/22/2013 6:03:18 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: JoeProBono

[smiles to you, too]


37 posted on 10/22/2013 6:27:24 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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Go forth and multiply


38 posted on 10/22/2013 7:22:45 PM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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