Halloween is two weeks away, when children everywhere will dress up in costumes, including two enduring favorites: the witch and the black cat.
Given a choice between living with a black cat and living with Black Plague, I'll take the cat.
"The black cat in folklore has been able to change into human shape to act as a spy or courier for witches or demons. During the Middle Ages, these superstitions led people to kill black cats. This had the unintended consequence of increasing the rat population and the spread of the Black Plague and other diseases carried by rodents."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_cat/
People are more enlightened these days, and many a small business owner has a shop cat, because smart business owners know cats are natural rodent repellants; they are both low maintenance, and toxin/chemical/poison free.
Today is National Feral Cat Day. Before they were domesticated as household pets, cats lived free on every continent of the earth. They have a right to live in the world too. Follow this link for ways to support them.