The Trouble with the Witch’s Familiar
KATIE DOHERTY asks why such beautiful creatures as black cats are considered unlucky
It is a rather sad fact that black cats can be very difficult to re-home due to their associations with bad luck and omens. Last year a campaign was launched by a cat charity to bring awareness to this issue so their black cats could find a nice loving home that they deserve without prejudice.
Cats in general have been associated with the occult, in particular witches. A witch’s familiar depicted in art and literature over hundreds of years has led many to believe that they are evil and may even be the witch themselves having magically transformed herself into a feline. Even non-believers have a tendency to look over their shoulder or avoid the path of a black cat.