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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
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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