Today i would like to chat to you about a very important project.
As you may all know Black cats are usually surrounded by crazy myths..and this causes them to be amongst the last to be adopted at shelters worldwide.
Now i am not into crazy myths..i mean really we live in a modern world don’t we!
See stereotypes are everywhere..in this picture Grannie was doing a shoot for Halloween..did you know Black cats are in a lot of superstitions..such as witchcraft ..as familials to witches helping them with their witchy brews!
I prefer to help with French cooking..not quite as crazy as a bubbling pot of goodness knows what!
I had to take to the study and think hard about why Black cats are seen in such a bad light..
And for the life of me i could find no GOOD reason for the reputation..despite my fervent study!
So i whispered in Grannies ear..and she said..go look Cleo..go find out what makes Black Cats so mysterious to many people..
So i left..by myself..on a journey ..i started with my nip garden..in here one myth is dissolved..do you see what i am doing..yes i am enjoying Coriander..or as my USA friends would call it Cilantro..
Just as i love Nip i also love this herb..so proof that not all we think we know is fact..
My nip looks so pretty in this pink pot..but would it stand out as much of i were not backdropping it with my luscious Black Furs?
I headed out to my bush..i am an inside girl in Summer but Winter i can enjoy my property..as you see as a Black cat i do not blend in..i am not part of the scenery..i AM a standout..myth busted..Black Cats are boring in color..do i look plain?
As you can see a break in travels is important..i can meditate and get focus here..my gold eyes look so pretty against the gold and green grass..i am wondering why anyone would find us bad luck…
Oh that is right ..mumbo jumbo..i do not need a crystal ball to see that people have some really silly ideas about Black cats!
As i wandered around i thought of all those Black Cats who just because of their fur color stay in rescue shelters..doomed..all because they are passed by..as if invisible..do people not look into their eyes and see a sweet animal..see those eyes..they do not see your color as a problem..
Deeper i went in the bush..where i looked so hard to find why Black Cats are in such trouble..
I found myself getting sad..i am lucky..i have a loving home..my family have always had Black Cats..to them i am beautiful..i have a sense of fun and adventure..
I can be the most playful of girls..
I make gardening a fun thing..i can chase away bugs with the best of them…
And i surprise my family all the time..i am far from a boring cat!
I have dreams..just like any cat…my dreams are no less real because of my fur color..
I can always be counted on for a cuddle…so it can’t be that Black Cats are not affectionate!
I mean have you ever seen a more beautiful thing than a Black Cat in a comfy bed?
I was close to the end of my search..still no answers..i have pondered long and hard and still i do not know why Black Cats have a bad rap..
I needed to know how i could help change attitudes..a hard thing when i cannot understand why people think the way they do to start off with!
If i can help people see how beautiful i am..maybe that will help..maybe a leap of faith is needed..
Maybe if i can see from a higher perspective…i may get some answers..
I can see..i can see that there is a way..it has become a lot clearer from up here..
Time to dry those tears..time to stop crying for the Black cats in shelters..time for action!
This road is a long one..we are going to have to all try and do our bit ..to stop the silly myths and superstiti
ons that keep Black Cats in shelters..there is no point trying to do it alone…
One person who is trying to help is Layla from Cat Wisdom 101..she has started a KICKSTARTER to get an Anthology of 22 real black cats and their stories published..she has taken her idea and her experience and with dedication and love and a lot of great support from Black cats themselves is going to make this a reality!
We have pledged..proudly and i feel much better knowing that as a Black Cat i can help this great initiative and spread the word..
I may be one cat..but i am Black Cat…my name is Cleo..i matter and i wish you would all support Miss Layla by sharing or pledging..my quest to find answers may have failed but i found a solution..we need to all be made more aware of the plight of homeless Black Cats..
So please click on Miss Laylas name here and be transported safely to her post on what YOU can do to help..
It has been my honor to try and help in some small way..
Paw pats Cleo
*We have pledged on behalf of our much missed Black kitties : Shaggy, Choko, Simba and Merlin …