THE MYSTERIOUS WHITE SPOT ON BLACK CATS

Bad luck or good fortune?

This story is actually the reason why I got the idea of starting a blog with great, unusual stories. As many of you surely know, black cats are considered to be the omen of misfortune. bad luck and even death. Unfortunately for these black furry friends, their bad reputation dates back to forever and many of the myths about them that were believed way back in the past are still accepted today.

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But there are more stories then only the negatives ones you always hear! Actually in some counties (Britain & Japan) they are considered as a symbol for ‘good luck!

I’m an owner of a lovely (sometimes devilish) all black cat, named Zero myself. When I picked up Zero (Sjeffe, named back then) from an animal shelter around. I directly noticed the small white spot on his chest.

I started hanging around on Black Cat Appreciation pages and after a while I started noticing that not only my cat, but many other black cats in the world, are all black, besides a little spot on their chest! Because this could hardly be a coincidence, I started searching on the internet and look what I found!

The story goes that, these white patches on black cats called, “God’s Thumbprint” or “An Angel’s kiss / Angel mark” somewhere on their body.  In medieval times when women who were believed to own magical skills and abilities were burnt at the stake as witches, their cats were often tossed in the flames, too.  These cats, often black, were saved if they possessed a small amount of white fur somewhere on their body. The white represented the presence of God.  Through this “unnatural selection” process, completely black cats were killed leaving us today with those with a few white hairs.

Black Cat Superstition

The black cat has made a deep impact in the history of the feline species. The color of these cats has triggered serious and strong emotions in humans throughout history.

Unfortunately too many humans have responded with fright to a black haired cat. This tragic reaction has resulted in a massive persecution of countless innocent black felines.

Black Cats on Feast of St. John

On mainland Europe black cats were associated with the devil himself during the Middle Ages.

The Feast of St. John (June 24rth) was a particularly dangerous time for black cats.

Black cats were on this evening rounded up and burnt alive on the bonfire. It was common belief that this was the evening witches from all over Europe had their gathering.

It was also common belief that witches could transform themselves into cats. The church encouraged this practice believing black cats were the devil’s helpers.

 


Another interesting story about a black cat with a white spot on the chest is, the story of:

Cat Sìth / Sidhe

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The Cat Sìth or Cat Sidhe is a fairy creature from Celtic mythology, said to resemble a large black cat with a white spot on its chest. Legend goes that the cat haunts the Scottish Highlands. The legends surrounding this creature are more common in Scottish folklore, but a few occur in Irish. Some common folklore suggested that the Cat Sìth was not a fairy, but a witch that could transform into a cat nine times.The Cat Sìth may have been inspired by the Scottish wildcat itself. It is possible that the legends of the Cat Sìth were inspired by Kellas cats, which are probably a distinctive hybrid between Scottish wildcats and domestic cats only found in Scotland (the Scottish wildcat is a subspecies of the European wildcat, which is absent from elsewhere in the British Isles). Typical Kellas cats resemble large black wildcats, but with some peculiar features closer to domestic cats, and have probably been present in Scotland for centuries, maybe even some two millennia or more.

Appearance

The Cat Sìth is all black with the exception of a white spot on its chest. It is described as being as large as a dog and chooses to display itself with its back arched and bristles erect.

Soul-stealing

The people of the Scottish Highlands did not trust the Cat Sìth. They believed that it could steal a person’s soul before it was claimed by the gods by passing over a corpse before burial; therefore watches called the Feill Fadalach (Late Wake) were performed night and day to keep the Cat Sìth away from a corpse before burial. Methods of “distraction” such as games of leaping and wrestling, catnip, riddles, and music would be employed to keep the Cat Sìth away from the room in which the corpse lay. In addition, there were no fires where the body lay, as it was legend that the Cat Sìth was attracted to the warmth.

 

Black_catOh! A funny detail, last week I saw a post coming by on Facebook about a black cat (with white spot) reviving from the death!

http://thebestcatpage.com/2017/09/21/grieving-pet-owner-is-shocked-when-the-cat-she-thought-shed-buried-strolls-into-her-house/

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☽ Lielo

27 thoughts on “THE MYSTERIOUS WHITE SPOT ON BLACK CATS

  1. Karen Tharp

    I took in a stray all black cat with one tiny dot of white on her chest. She has been a godsend to me! She is a medium to long hair and she doesn’t shed. I had no idea that people could be so cruel to black cats. I don’t know what I would do without her!

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    1. talesofluna Post author

      I totally agree! If I could, I would adopt all the black cats I can find! ^_^

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    2. Helen Galko

      Just lost my 20 year old cat due to old age. I miss him terribly. He was sable with a white patch on his chest. He also had a wonderful trill. He truly was one of a kind. He found me. He was a stray that was tied by someone on a railing. A colleague found him tied up and released him. Every time I would have my dinner when I was on the evening shift he would come out and sit beside me. I never had a pet before. I would go home and think about him. I decided to bring him to the humane society. I left him there. By the time I got home I already missed him and had to go and retrieve him. He was in my life for 20 years. I was such a lucky lady. I never thought that I would ever get a cat. His name was Kolya, russian diminutive for Nicholas. It was a priveledge to have him stay with me and I will always be grateful.

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    3. Suzanne Meyer

      This is very interesting. I say they’re all crazy.. that’s horrifying what has happened to so many cats because of ridiculous superstition. And still happens.. rituals like this and others where animals are tortured and killed. Just evil. I can’t imagine life without our little black hero. We’ve faced some serious tough times, including homelessness, the past year and he stuck by us through it all. I don’t believe in luck.. life is what you make it, and a pet is an addition to the family, not just a creature.

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      1. talesofluna Post author

        I totally agree with you! And that’s also the reason my cats name is Zero, I had to start all over again from 0, got him into my life and he turned out to be my hero 🖤

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    4. John

      I totally agree with you. I found my black cat when she was small enough to sleep in the palm of my hand. Somehow she ended up on the doorstep to my grandparents house. That was almost 20 years ago today and she is still just as active. She has been with me through everything. I thank God everyday that she was brought into my life.

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  2. Monique

    We just adopted 2 black kittens ( a female 9mths and a male 10 mths old) both have a white spot right under their chin. So cute….we love them both and we are not superstitious. Black cats are as cute as all the other one. 😉

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    1. talesofluna Post author

      Ah that’s great! Black cats (and all other cats…^_^) are amazing! <3

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  3. BERNADETTE J MURPHY

    I have two Black cats – both with the kiss of God! Thanks for the post

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  4. Carlan

    I had a black cat that died too soon so I didn’t want any other black cat because they would remind me of my dear old friend. In the end a little black furball made his way in my house and never left =’)

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  5. Tena D (MJ's Voice)

    I have seen alot of these cats on Facebook since I got mine and she is so loveable.

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  6. Laura Hutter

    I had one black cat in the past with the white spot on his chest, and one currently with the white spot! They are both awesome black cats!!

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  7. sues

    We have two brothers. They are six months old and both are all black, except for a spot of white on one’s chest, and a few white hairs on the chest of the other. The fella with the spot also has a fine line in a v pattern low on his belly. They are very affectionate and love to snuggle. We have never experienced a negative response to their colour. <3

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  8. Christine Dougherty

    I have a kitty I received for my bday who is all black except A bright white spot on throat and a bright white spot on genital area he has a sister who is full white with blue eyes with a red tint around the eye, very odd couple she lives with my cousin next door.. i never thought i would want a cat but im so in.. love with Ray he is such a little doll.

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  9. Jennifer

    I have a all black cat with just tiny bit of white sprinkled mostly upper body and one tiny white spot on one paw! He plays fetch like a dog and is so loving and passive and a
    Cuddle monster! I couldn’t be more happy !

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  10. John Meagher

    I love black cats. I had one all black with a white waistcoat pattern on his tummy. He was very vocal & affectionate & always replied when I spoke to him. Sadly he passed away after 16 years. His name was Mr Wink or Winky for short. He was my mate & I still miss him.

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  11. Christian Boncicri

    Thank you for this page and for compiling all these facts together.

    Needless to say, I have a black cat with a white patch 🙂

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  12. Marie

    My two black boys are pure black, no white spots, they are litter mates and their mom was pure black as well. Oddly enough though both my boys are known to grow a white whisker from time to time, but they don’t always sport white whiskers, sometimes they are all black, it is kind of odd.

    My black boys are the sweetest cats, and my mom’s cats which are also black (this is a coincidence) are also sweet hearts. It is ashame they have such “bad reps”.

    My office has several strays that we have had fixed and feed, the two black ones both have a white spot under their necks, I think it looks like they have little buttons.

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  13. Raven

    I have a beautiful black bean who has my heart completely and she’s always had a white dimond on on her chest it’s small enough for her collar to cover it but I’ve always wondered what it was from as she’s an older cat she’s getting white all over her in Individual strands but she’s gorgeous I’ve had her since she was a kitten.

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  14. JAN FITZSIMMONS

    TODAY I WENT TO THE PET STORE FOR CAT FOOD. THEY ALWAYS HAVE A COUPLE OF CATS UP FOR ADOPTION AND i ALWAYS HAVE TO GO AND TALK TO THEM, OR TICKLE THEIR NOSES. HOWEVER, TODAY I BELIEVE THE ALL BLACK CAT THERE DID NOT HAVE THE WHITE HAIR ON HIS NECK. I ASKED THE CHECKOUT PERSON IF HE HAD NOTICED THIS. HE COULD NOT LEAVE THE REGISTER TO CHECK, BUT SAID HE WOULD.
    CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK TOMORROW.

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  16. Leila

    <3 I took a black kitten in about 3 months ago and she also has a patch of white. I always wondered why since both her parents were all black. I actually like the fact that if she was born a long time ago she wouldn’t have been killed. I’m glad to have her. Raising her has made me more responsible. I just can’t get her to sleep with me. She always sleeps on the floor.

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