Black Cat Appreciation Day go by without a shout out to my own house panther - KC! He was the first of many (and I do mean MANY) cats to show up at my house since I moved in four years ago.
It was the end of October – just when it started to get cold. KC was about six months old and looking for a place to get in from the rain. We brought him inside, and he quickly set to making himself at home.
Being naming-impaired (after all I had a rabbit named Bunny), I simply called him "Kitty" for the first few days. We eventually switched to KC, which is still short for Kitty Cat, but slightly less obvious.
KC was a rangy adolescent when he first showed up, but he's grown into a handsome muscular man-cat. He is the boss of the house and lets Zelda, Boyzie and Sugar know it. But I've also caught him bathing and playing with them when he thinks I'm not looking.
I've always heard that black cats have unique personalities and that is certainly true with KC. He's the most vocal, most affectionate, and most playful of all my cats. But he's can also be the most stubborn and most difficult. I've learned over time to give him the extra attention he desires because when KC's happy, everyone is happy - but when he's not, watch out!
I hope this description of KC doesn't put anyone off from considering adopting a black cat - he is truly a joy to have around. Black cats in general have a harder time finding forever homes, and that's why Wayne H. Morris decided to dedicate August 17 as Black Cat Appreciation Day!
Black cats have been maligned throughout much of history, associated with evil and spells and all manner of superstitions. They've suffered abuse and misunderstanding because of ridiculous, nonsensical fears and beliefs.
So if you are lucky enough to be owned by a black cat, share your story - or visit Petfinder.com and post some pictures of adoptable black cats in your area! You can post your pictures and stories on the Black Cat Appreciation Day page on Facebook.