This Thursday August 17, 2017 is National Black Cat Appreciation Day. Who would of thought of a day to honor our furry friends specific color?

Most folklore has us believe that black cats are bad luck, associated with sorcery, or represent some type of bad omen. I mean, I know some people who will drive around a block to avoid having a black cat cross in their path. The fact of the matter is, I guess it comes down to what you think, but for many folks black cats are a sign of good things to come or just the opposite of what we hear.  I used to own several black cats growing up and none of them ever brought me bad luck they were just fun loving cats.

According to a press release, America's favorite online destination to celebrate quirky and fun holidays National Today gives us 5 reasons we should love these mysterious black cats.

1. They Help Us Find Romance

In Japan, young women are encouraged to own a black cat to increase their chances of romance. So black cats are not only great companions but also fantastic wing-cats.

2. They Are Considered Good Luck in Some Countries

In Great Britain, black cats are thought to bring good luck, while in Germany, if a black cat crosses your path from the right, it is said to bring prosperity.

3. That Dark Fur is Practical

Research shows that black cats may have developed dark hair to fight off disease, meaning their fur is more than beautiful it's useful, too.

4. Black Cats Have Magical Color-Shifting Powers (Well, Sort of)

Due to a special pigment called melanin in their fur, when out in the sun, many black cats will temporarily turn a dark brown color, as if they were "rusting."

5. We Love Those Bright Yellow Eyes

Black cats have an excess of melanin, a pigment that causes dark coloration. Coincidentally, melanin also causes their irises to be yellow.

As it turns out, being a black cat is definitely something to smile about. So cheer up!

To learn more about National Black Cat Appreciation Day, please visit their website.

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