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Cats and Halloween

Halloween is just a bit of modern fun, imported from USA, and that's how I see it when I write my ghostly pages with horror photos & poems

If You Love Cats and Enjoy Halloween, This Page Is For You

You'll learn a few things about Cats and there are a few lovely pictures of cats, some of them artwork and some of them photographs. There are a few catty things you can buy, like books about cats also posters. and a little about Halloween along the way.

Black Cat - Chat Noir by Steinlein-Le

This is my black cat on metal, hanging on a wooden door

This is my black cat on metal, hanging on a wooden door

What You'll Find in This Article About Cats and the Relationship to Halloween

The first part of this page is about the history of cats and how they became domesticated.

Then you can read a bit about my beautiful tortoiseshell cat called Pussums, or Pussy for short. Not very imaginative, I hear you mutter, but it was a practical name for a stray cat with no pedigree and no known parentage, in view of the fact that we didn't know how long she would be staying. As it turned out, she has stayed eleven years, so we must have done something right. Her official name (as recorded by the vet) is Pushkin.

Black Cat Freaking Out Tabby Cat

Don't worry, it all ended happily

Don't worry, it all ended happily

Cats Have Been Domesticated Since the Stone Age--Alternately Feared and Revered

Cats have been both feared as harbingers of evil and revered for their magical qualities.

The Egyptians worshipped cats as gods, and respected them enough to mummify them. But they were also used in Egypt as sacrifices and the more cats you could muster for a jolly sacrifice, the more your family was respected.

The Romans brought them to Europe because of their superior ability to keep down the rat population. Then in the Middle Ages, people turned against them, imbuing them with satanic qualities, and they were treated as dangerous vermin which needed to be exterminated in order to bring good luck. This led to a substantial increase in the rat population, which in turn caused the black plague which swept across Europe throughout the Middle Ages, until people once more realized feline potential as rat killers.

A Black Cat--Strange To Think It Might Have Been A Witch's Familiar In The Past

A nice little black cat - One of the neighbour's cats wandering through our yard

A nice little black cat - One of the neighbour's cats wandering through our yard

Cats And Superstition, Especially in Relation to Halloween

Black cats were regarded as sinister and evil in many cultures, and especially in Europe. At the time when witch-hunting was rampant, black cats were said to be the witches' familiars. People were very superstitious, and were likely to kill black cats. There was even a culture of burning them in parts of Europe, though this was less likely in Britain. They were spoken of as consorting with the devil, and bringing bad luck.

By contrast, in some countries they were considered to bring good luck. And in Germany, it depended upon whether they crossed your path from right to left or left to right--it must have got a bit complicated, really, especially if, like some people, you didn't always remember your left from your right.

Here's a Big Scary Cat - Aren't You Shivering in Your Boots? ........Wait for it........

.......Keep waiting......

....................A bit longer......

..............................OK, look below......

.....................................Now!....................Go for it!!


Here it Is, a Great Scary Cat! This Is My Cat Pussums As a Kitten

She was a stray cat and we coaxed her to stay

She was a stray cat and we coaxed her to stay

Here's An Even More Threatening Picture Of My Cat--Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

This Is The Same Cat You Saw Earlier As A Kitten:

Don't Trust Any Cat That Tries To Camouflage Itself To Fit In With The Bed Clothes

She likes having her tummy tickled

She likes having her tummy tickled

Like Cats? Hate Cats? Looking Forward to Trick or Treat ("Trickle Treat" as Some People Would Call it it!)?

And another thing: How do you feel about horrible little smiling children in stupid fancy dress knocking on your door?

Take This Poll About Black Cats, the Witches' Familiar

Here's The Cheshire Cat From Alice In Wonderland by John Tenniel

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Two Cats by Andre Steinlen

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I like Steinlen's Cats Because The Tortoiseshell Cat Looks Very Much Like Our Cat, Pussums (Or Pushkin, If You Want Her Formal Name)

Pussums started off as a stray kitten, and we found her sitting on our shed roof, crying. I coaxed her down and tempted her into the kitchen with some food. She ate it and ran off, but next time she visited, I invited her in for a meal, and she never left after that. She has remained with us for over eleven years, but is still afraid of strangers, especially if they are noisy, and she hates being picked up. In fact she's not very friendly except when she wants food, but she quite likes company, and likes to be in the same room as us, as long as we don't try and put her on our knee or get too physical.

She disappeared once for two nights and I felt really sad, but she came back safe and sound, never explaining where she had been.....that's cats for you!


Why Black Cats Are Considered Bad Luck - Popular YouTube Video

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Whatever Your Views About Cats and Halloween Leave Your Comment or Question Here

anonymous on July 15, 2014:

Terrific lens, lot of fun.

Zhana on March 20, 2014:

Beautiful lens. Thanks for this.

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on September 24, 2013:

@SheGetsCreative: If you study doggedly, this may be a catalyst to help you to become a cat person as well

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on September 24, 2013:

@SusannaDuffy: You haven't lived!

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on September 24, 2013:

@SheGetsCreative: : Thank you for your message which will be dealt with as soon as possible.

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Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 24, 2013:

70% - more proof that I am truly a dog person ;)

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on September 22, 2013:

I've never heard of a witch's cat being Ginger!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on May 20, 2013:

Wow, I didn't do so good on the quiz but I learned a few things about cats and halloween. Thanks

Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on October 06, 2012:

@Frischy: Why, was he frightened of witches?

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on October 05, 2012:

I love my kitties. I had a black cat for many years. We always had to keep him indoors starting the week or so prior to Halloween.

pinkrenegade lm on June 17, 2012:

I love cats., they're so sweet.

orangegirl6020 on June 10, 2012:

Lovely lens!

mrsclaus411 on May 08, 2012:

Cute pictures of cats.

RinchenChodron on November 12, 2011:

I enjoyed taking your quiz!

anonymous on September 07, 2011:

Fun quiz page. Thanks for featuring my scary cat card from Zazzle!

akumar46 lm on May 09, 2011:

Nice quiz but failed.

pumpnut lm on December 20, 2010:

Tripped up on a couple of those questions. My cat thought it was hilarious.

anonymous on October 27, 2010:

I forgot where I was and that I might fall under the spell of Goriousconfusion and had to watch for trick questions, ouch! Okay, so now cats only have ONE life! Brilliantly and delightully fooled!

poutine on October 22, 2010:

I did so bad on the quiz.

WhitePineLane on October 20, 2010:

I love the pictures of your terrifying cat! :-D

RinchenChodron on October 17, 2010:

I'm a cat lover and also enjoyed your quiz! Come by and say hi to my Russian Blue cat.

myneverboredhands on October 16, 2010:

Very funny and interesting lens...I love your quiz... I just don't agree with two answers in it: about the color of a Halloween cat and how many lives it has... :)

norma-holt on October 13, 2010:

Another great lens. I didn't do so well on the quiz either but enjoyed your choices. I am featuring this on Witches.

jolou on October 11, 2010:

I love cats, but didn't do so great on the quiz.

bdkz on October 10, 2010:

Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

Lynne Schroeder from Blue Mountains Australia on October 02, 2010:

I enjoyed your cat tales and quiz. Lensrolled to my Halloween History, Best Bags For Trick Or Treating and Should Cats Be Confined To Owners' Property? lenses