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Advice for Beachcombers

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Dear Dawn,

Now that Halloween is behind us, I feel I can safely ask this question. Why are black cats considered bad luck? I have a black cat that I just adore, and she’s not bad luck at all!

– Ronald G. from Niceville



What good luck to finally get a cat question! The answer involves a lot of history, and unfortunately, Mr. Beachcomber Editor informed me I only get one question with one brief answer, so here it is:


When the hysteria of witches practicing black magic hit Europe in the middle ages, alley cats were often cared for and fed by the lonely old ladies who were accused of being witches. Then a folklore said some horrid father and son threw stones at a black cat one night, the cat ran into a supposed witch’s house, and the next day the “witch” was seen limping. So they naturally assumed witches could transform themselves into black cats and roam the streets.


What a lot of nonsense! I’m glad you have such a loving cat, no matter what color its fur, and I hope your good luck continues.

Dawn Bright is an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her. Email your questions to


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