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Halloween and a Black Cat Story for the Entire Year

Updated on February 28, 2016

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This is a True Story

For some reason, Halloween and witches and black cats have always been closely associated with one another. Most of it has no factual basis but old tales that have continued to have been handed down through the centuries perpetuate that notion.

I'll address the black cat story in a little while...

When I was growing up in the countryside of Wisconsin, it was a fairly unpopulated area and we did not have that many nearby neighbors for most of the years that we kids lived there. When my grandfather started selling some lots and homes started being built in what used to be a vacant field, we gradually had a few more houses to call upon when Halloween rolled around each year.

In those days (at least in the country) people did not spend much on ornate costumes. But I would venture to say that we had as much or possibly even more fun in getting dressed for that night of trick or treating.

Halloween images from Printshop

Trick or Treat

We did not go to a store in those days and pick out a costume to wear.

Instead old sheets or cloths would be re-worked to make up a crazy looking outfit and a major part of the transformation would be what was done to our faces.

Coal might have been used to blacken parts of our faces or other types of make-up applied to make us look appropriately different depending upon what or who we were trying to emulate.

The face painting was much more important than the costumes, because in most cases in central Wisconsin the Fall weather would have mandated being bundled up for the evening due to the coolness of the night air.

I am certain that my mother who was the primary decorator of our faces had as much fun as we did in getting them adorned with shades of her lipstick and rouge or whatever else she might have utilized.

At the end of the night we were always prepared for a good face scrubbing!

We had very few houses to go to for the trick or treating and the meaning back least where we lived...was different from today.

We kids had to perform a trick in order to get a treat!

What that meant is that we would have to sing a little song or recite a little poem or do some sleight of hand...something!... before we would be rewarded with the treats.

And of course the treats were different back then.

Homemade cookies or popcorn balls or candied apples were given as treats. Since my parents knew the handful of people where we would go on Halloween...there was no danger of anything amiss with the homemade goodies given out to us.

While we may not have been rich in the sense of mountains of sweets collected...I truly think that our experience of growing up in the country and feeling safe and secure and also having fun as a family on Halloween was worth much more.

I wouldn't trade it for anything!

The faces my mother had with which to work her "magic" on Halloween...

Left to, my mother, and my two brothers...Johnny and Jimmy (as they were then called).
Left to, my mother, and my two brothers...Johnny and Jimmy (as they were then called). | Source

Carved Pumpkin images (Printshop)

Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkin Decorating

That always fell to my Dad and he was a pumpkin carving expert!

The project was always done at the kitchen table and it was quite the production.

After carving the top of the pumpkin and lifting the "hat" off, the insides were scooped out. Then my Dad would draw the design on the pumpkin and with sharp knife in hand he would begin the carving of the face.

Most of our pumpkins were happy characters with at least three to five teeth or more showing.

We kids would sit in rapt attention as the surgery was being completed offering suggestions as to how many teeth the pumpkin should have that particular year.

It was a fun family time.

Once the deed was accomplished, a candle would be put inside and tested.

We couldn't wait for it to get dark enough outside for our pumpkin to be lit and put on the front porch.

It was admired every year as the finest piece of artistry.

A Child-Friendly Way to Carve a Pumpkin

Halloween History

Cat called Mama Kitty

Mama Kitty
Mama Kitty | Source

Now comes the story of our black cat and Halloween.

Unfortunately for the cat that showed up delivering five kittens in our shrubbery in the front yard many years ago, she was black. Also judging from what the vet guessed as her age, she was a kitten or very young during the time of Halloween.

All we knew at the time was that she seemed very small...seemed to be wild...and had these five kittens to feed. We noticed that she only had one eye.

Once we discovered her, we decided to help. We started calling her Mama Kitty...and the name stuck.

One of Mama Kitty's kittens

One of Mama Kitty's kittens...the first to be placed.
One of Mama Kitty's kittens...the first to be placed. | Source

We found homes for her kittens.

Mama Kitty continually threatened us with charges and hissing as we tried to help feed her and her kittens, but we persisted. I spent time out in the yard talking to her and slowly one of her kittens would respond to my voice and come to me to be cuddled and petted. A few of the others would occasionally be able to be touched and petted, but this one black kitten eventually would rush out of the shrubbery at the sound of my voice every time she heard it.

She was the first to be placed in a home with people that I knew and who promised to have her spayed. I shed a few tears when that kitten that placed such trust in me had to be given away.

Eventually we found homes for all of Mama Kitty's kittens and then we borrowed a cage from the local SPCA and had her trapped. Poor thing! She must have been so frightened!

Importance of Spaying and Neutering Pets

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We had Mama Kitty spayed and found out some bad news.

The vet informed us that Mama Kitty had not been born with one eye. It had been gouged out of her! She had also probably been strangled with damage to her vocal cords!

No wonder she did not trust people!!!

For all the many years that we continued to provide shelter and food for her, she never let us get close enough to pet her. We also never heard her meow which was probably due to the vocal cord damage.

We left our garage door cracked open so that she could get in and out at will. Food and bedding and even a heater in the winter was provided.

Nothing we could do erased from her memory the horror that had been done to her at the hands of people.

At least she had been spayed and would not bring more kittens into this world.

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Mama Kitty touched our lives.

She lived a good long life and had some buddies who visited her on a daily basis.

One of her favorite pals was named Walter.

Mama Kitty seldom ventured far from our house, backyard or the neighbor's yards on either side of us.

Frequently she was seen sunning herself on our roof.

We were happy to have provided her with a home, but saddened that because of Halloween and the evil doings of some kids or adults who tortured her, she remained damaged the rest of her life with regard to being able to fully trust people again.

Few if any animal shelters let black kittens or black cats be adopted anywhere around the season of Halloween. It is good to know that those precautions are taken but sad to think that they are even necessary.

Mama Kitty and her pal

Mama Kitty and her friend, Walter eating moist cat food we put out for them each day.  Dry cat food was also kept in our garage as well as water.
Mama Kitty and her friend, Walter eating moist cat food we put out for them each day. Dry cat food was also kept in our garage as well as water. | Source

Please Spay or Neuter Your Pets!

Cat mom hugs baby kitten

Mama Kitty has now gone on to the "great beyond" where I hope that she is frolicking freely and without any constraints.

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy Halloween if that is your custom but please teach your children and others to be kind to the animals who also have a right to enjoy a happy life. Our black cat story of Mama Kitty was one that we lived with for many years. We still wish that we could have held her and cuddled her as we are able to do with our cats Dusty and Peaches who enrich our lives on a daily basis.

Painted on wall of animal shelter (CAP) in Houston.
Painted on wall of animal shelter (CAP) in Houston. | Source

From hub...My Mother rescued Angie the Cat

Angie and her kittens
Angie and her kittens | Source

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This photo was taken in the new CAP animal shelter in Houston.
This photo was taken in the new CAP animal shelter in Houston. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie,

      That is an amazing story you told about that cat that eventually healed but only liked being near you. Nice that we both had brothers with those names. Enjoy your new kittens!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful story; thanks for sharing it. I had a cat once that neighbors caught in a trap cause her foot was half cut off and they must have hit her in the head because you could see her brains but she somehow made it home and Mom and Dad wanted to take her to put to sleep but I screamed and cried because she had got home to me I could heal her and she did heal up but would not let anyone near her but me. She growled at anyone else. She didn't look so bad after she healed and hair grew back. My last cat lived almost 20 years! Have two new kittens now that bring me much joy.

      We used make up for Halloween and my two youngest brothers are named Johnny and Jimmy! lol

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Yes...bless her heart...Mama Kitty did have many good years with us despite her trust issues. Halloween was fun as a kid back in those days. Hope you have a good one!

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      I enjoyed reading about your early experiences of Halloween. I am so glad that much of it was happy. I'm glad that mama kitty found caring people to help her live more peaceful days.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      People do not generally appreciate the footprints of cats that do not belong to them on their cars and yet, outside cats seem to love being on top of cars.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      I have a neighbor with a beautiful black cat who left foot prints all over the top of my car and I thought of you.

      I do not care for Halloween, and do not associate cats of any color with that day.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Nice that you have similar memories of Halloween as a youth. Glad that you also had the companionship of black cats. They are just like any other cats. Sending angels back your way! :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stella,

      I have my comments set to where I approve them first before they are shown. It keeps spam comments from showing up. Glad this brought back some happy memories of simpler times for you. I agree, black cats are like all others. It is so important to spay and neuter pets. Appreciate your comment(s).

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a precious story. We had two very special black cats who lived with us for many years.

      How lucky you were to have this lovely come to brighten your life.

      The Halloween story you shared reminded me so much of my own youth at Halloween time.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      Where I grew up in the countryside of Wisconsin there were few neighbors and our parents did not have to accompany us either. We got things like apples and popcorn balls which people would never dare take a chance on eating today. Of course the neighbors all knew one another back then. Thanks for the share!

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      This was a great hub and Black cats are just like other cats. I must be losing it I thought I already left a comment. Anyway just want you to know I appreciate the comments you made about the simple things we enjoyed as kids. Have a great night. Stella

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi fpherj48,

      Happy Halloween to you also. Keep your cats safe! Nice that you have a friend who helps feral cats.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Thanks for the nice Hub, and the advice of spay or neuter your pet. I just found a small dog this morning on the state highway getting ready to get run over by traffic. I get sick of it. Black cats are just the same as any other cat. Great story have a great day.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      Nice that your stepfather was able to get close to the feral cats. Is it any wonder that the world is in such a mess when some people can be so cruel to defenseless animals? Those same people tend to go on and do horrible things to people as well.

      Happy Halloween to you also. Our pets will be inside with us. Our cats are always inside and have been for many years now. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Interesting Halloween story, Peggy. I grew up in Minneapolis and we went "trick or treating" on our own. No adult supervision. Not much in the way of tricks-maybe soaping windows. Later, when I was working at the Rock Island Arsenal, we kived in a small commuter town about 30 miles south of Moline. We were surprised to get lots of kids at our door on Halloween. We found that the farm people trucked the kids in from the country. Literally, they filled pick-up trucks with kids and went into town for "trick or treats." voting up and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      It is so true that we are their caretakers and I think that anyone who mistreats animals of any kind will be judged harshly in the next life. Thanks for the shares.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I do love cats...especially my own. I have a good friend who has always rescued and nurtured feral cats. I admire her for this. This hub is interesting. Love the photos! Have a Happy Halloween!...Up+++

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Sorry to hear about Mama Kitty, my stepfather had about 4 such cats and he was able to go near them, but no one else.

      We have a solid black cat that goes around our house every night about 9 pm. One day I saw a man looking for something and I asked him what he was looking and he told me the black cat was his and was afraid the coyote got him, when I told him I saw the cat the night before, walking on our drive way. he went and the next evening I saw the black cat again.

      It is a terrible thing that a person would gouge out any living thing's eye.

      This was an interesting story.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Have a safe Halloween and keep your pets safe.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      A great story and perfect for Halloween, which will be here in just a few days. I think this story helps to teach children to be kind to animals. I hope so. So sad that anyone would do such egregious things to an animal.

      I love black cats especially, and used to have one before I became allergic to animals. Having grown up on a farm, I was taught early on that one should never abuse the animals. We are their caretakers and it is ourselves who have made them so dependent on us.

      Pinned to my 'Halloween' board, posted on FB, and will share with my followers.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Too bad you are now allergic to cats. They can be such great pets. I agree that it was horrific what happened to our Mama Kitty. People can be so cruel. I think that they will be punished in the next life if not in this one for those kind of actions. Thanks for the pin and share.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Before I became allergic to cats I had a black male cat. He was so pretty. Your picture of the black cat at the beginning reminds me a little of him.

      How awful that anyone would do such terrible things to Mama Kitty, or to any animal! I know people can be very cruel.

      Voted up, interesting and awesome. Pinned to my 'Halloween, Thanksgiving,' etc. board, and will share.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello nArchuleta,

      I totally agree with you. Anyone that could have done that to our little Mama Kitty probably was very troubled and went on to other acts of violence. A scary person to be sure! Sorry to hear that you lost your beloved black cat. You will have him in your memory and heart always. Thanks for your comment.

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I do not understand how anyone could willfully harm an animal. I.m.o. they do not deserve the title "human." I am so glad you were kind to Mama Kitty. I had a black cat, who passed several years ago, and I always kept him extra secure around Halloween. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Nice to know that you have memories of your "Snowy" as a child. I can only hope that the people who took Mama Kitty's kittens did as they promised they would...and have them spayed and neutered. So sad to see all of the feral cats trying to fend for themselves. Sadly, many of them suffer and die needlessly. At least your Snowy and our Mama Kitty were cared for by loving people. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy your day also!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh this is beautiful Peggy and I have to save.

      What a wonderful story and thank you so very much for sharing.

      It reminded me of a stray cat who left her all white kitten with us when I was small. Snowy lived with us for years but the mother didn't stay.

      Take care Peggy and have a wonderful day.


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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      Thanks for sharing this hub about our black cat, Mama Kitty and the Halloween customs when I was a child. Appreciate your comment and votes as well.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful & touching hub! I enjoyed your narration about your Halloween celebrations as a child. I am shocked to learn that Mama Kitty was ill-treated and emotionally affected. Nice to know that she was comfortable thanks to you & your family. Young children should learn to treat animals well just as you mentioned. Once again, a heartwarming hub!

      Happy Halloween!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Shared

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi lucybell21,

      Your daughter was kind hearted to help that stray cat as were you to take one of her kittens. Too bad more people do not spay and neuter their cats. There would not be the over population issues if more people took responsibility with regard to their pets. Appreciate your comment.

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      Bonny OBrien 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      I really enjoyed your story. My daughter helped a stray cat once, and she had a litter of kittens, and I took one of them. I still have Lucy today, and she is almost 4 now. Your story made me smile, and shed a tear or two.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello truthfornow,

      Yes, I am also glad that we were able to help Mama Kitty as much as we were able. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Yes...old sheets were often used back in the "good old days" for Halloween costumes. Having fun does not always have to be expensive! We will always have a soft spot in our hearts for Mama Kitty. She had the best life possible considering all that had happened to her. Appreciate your comment, vote and share.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Poor Mama Kitty. I am glad you were able to be there for her and take care of her.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Your story made me so sad to think that some heartless people would torture a defenseless cat. I had a friend who had a cat that could not purr because someone accidentally closed a door on her. This does not sound like an accident. This cat was lucky to have found a good loving home with you and your family.

      Your family reminds me of our family at Halloween. We just threw a sheet over our heads with holes cut out for eyes, and that was our costume! Loved the photo of you and your brothers and Mom.

      You included some very good videos, too.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Maria,

      Nice to know that you enjoyed this hub about our dear little Mama Kitty and my memories of Halloween when growing up as a child in the country. I also like the new hub profile pages. I change the featured hubs quite often depending upon how much traffic they have received. Nice to be able to also feature more seasonal hubs. Thanks for your nice comment and all the votes.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Peggy,

      I appreciate the new hub profiles as I get to see what hubs my favorite writers are featuring. There are so many wondeful hubs I am behind on, yet this one appealed to me...

      Halloween is my favorite time of year. You did a fabulous job reminding us of the charm of this family time with such nostalgic memories. The video on pumpkins was so cool with awesome music and the history video was very interesting/ well done.

      I loved reading about Mama Kitty and what a wonderful chance she was given with your family. Such cruelty is awful to even fathom. This is great awareness raising piece as well.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hope all is well. Hugs, Maria

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi TToombso8,

      Thanks for joining me on this trip down memory lane + learning about our dear little Mama Kitty. Appreciate your comment and vote up.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      What a great story, Peggy W! Thank you for sharing your memories. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mpropp,

      I know what you mean. Halloween has become very commercialized & is a big money maker for stores these days. As to our Mama Kitty...she certainly had a bad start in life but even though she never completely trusted people again, she did have a safe haven with us. Thanks for your comment.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I enjoyed your childhood memories of Halloween, before it was quite as over-commercialized. But your story about poor Mama Kitty brought me to tears. I just have a hard time believing that someone could be that cruel to a poor defenseless creature. I'm so glad you were able to show her love and let her know that not all humans are not cruel. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Steel Engineer,

      The poor cats who are born with black fur have to suffer because of beliefs such as you stated. What a shame! I think that the people who slip pins and razor blades into children's candy are really sick individuals. In the "good old days" we could trust people enough on Halloween handout nights to safely eat homemade treats like popcorn balls and candied apples without fear of being poisoned or hurt. Too bad we cannot step back in time to those days. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rebeccamealey,

      Too bad that people who torture animals cannot know personally just how it hurts and feels. Perhaps that would stop them from inflicting such pain upon innocent beings. We are all God's creatures and each of us has a purpose in life. Those who abuse animals will undoubtedly pay a price in the future if not here in this life. At least I would hope that is the case. There is no justification in the world for what happened to Mama Kitty!

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      Steel Engineer 4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine

      The world can be a hard place because of some people's strangeness. Something most people do not understand is that Satanists are commanded in the Satanic Bible to create pain, suffering, and even death as offerings to demons. Black cats are also popular as a "familiar", an animal into which a sorcerer can trap a demon, and then command that demon at will.

      It doesn't matter if we believe it, they do.

      Halloween, or Samhain, is the highest unholy day of Satanists and devil worshipers. They are the ones who slip razor blades and pins into candy. Google Bohemian Grove.

      It is nice to know that Mama Kitty received love for the rest of her life. It all adds up to make society a better place. Thank you!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a sweet story! We must watch out for out kitties during the Halloween season, especially the black ones. Unfortunately, there are some crazy cults out there that think sacrificing cats is really cool!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Some sick and cruel individual did that to our Mama Kitty at such an early age. She was probably still a kitten when it was done to her. She did have a safe environment with us for the rest of her years, but I so wished that I could have petted her and brought her into our home. We did the best we could under the circumstances. BTW...the reason your comment did not instantly show up is that I have it set for me to approve them first. I catch some spam that way. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is so strange. I thought I just finished a comment but it looks like it didn't take. Well, if this is the second one, feel free to delete this.

      But I can't believe anyone would be so cruel to any living being. Perhaps she was a gentle soul once, until those horrors made her mistrust people. I'm glad you're able to provide her a safe environment. Voting this Up and Beautiful. SHARED.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      OMG, I can't believe that anyone would do that to any living being. That cruelty must have taken some effort because it sounds like Mama Kitty was very fierce. Of course, you are correct, she might have been a gentle soul until that was done to her. It's good that you were able to provide a safe environment. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sgbrown,

      I don't know either how a person could be so cruel to an innocent animal. Black cats for some reason seem to be singled out for worse treatment than other colors. That is why most animal shelters won't let black cats or kittens be adopted anywhere around the period of Halloween. Thanks for your comment + votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello DzyMsLizzy,

      We were also sickened to know what had happened to our Mama Kitty at the hands of some sick human. No animal deserves to be hurt or tortured like that! At least she had food, shelter, etc. from us the rest of her days although she could never quite learn how to trust humans again. Sounds like your "Soot" was a sweetie! Yes...the spaying and neutering info is important to keep spreading. Way too many animals are put down or suffer on the streets because people are not responsible in caring for them. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wonderful story. It,s hard to imagine that someone could be so cruel to an animal! Voting up and more. :)

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What a precious story, and so sad for that kitty. What horrible, evil people there are who deliberately harm innocent animals. I tell you, the more I see of some people, the better I like my pets! (I love Chris Hugh's observation that people who see evil in a black cat are confusing the animal with a mirror! What a great way to put it!)

      We had a black cat for a while--her life was too short--she passed away at only 4-1/2 years of a mystery illness, which, in retrospect, we think may have been poisoning from anti-flea drops. They DO get absorbed through the skin, and can cause severe neurological damage and death. I'll never use any such product again.

      But that's the side story--black cats are very special. If they have not been mistreated, they are the most loving, cuddly, friendly cats around. Our "Soot" used to lay in my lap providing a gentle "heating pad" for my bad knee on cold winter nights. She was always wanting to be petted, and LOVED belly rubs!

      I am sure that she and your "Mama Kitty" have met and become fast friends across the Rainbow Bridge.

      Thanks for helping spread the word about the importance of spay/neuter!

      Voted up, awesome, and shared. (Kind of wishing for a 'sad' button on this one....)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      The cute naming of your dog and cat...Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kitty reminded me of my parents naming one of their German Shepherd's "Sheba" and the cat was named "Soloman." Ha! At least your black cats were not tortured like our poor little Mama Kitty had been. We felt so sorry for her!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This reminded me of a black kitty cat that my family kind of "adopted" when we lived in the country back in Wisconsin. This cat started coming around. Now we didn't name her until later, and that was when we found a stray dog. The two were a pair. We named them Sundance Kitty and Butch Cassidy. Although we just called the cat Kitty for short. She eventually moved with us when we left the house and had several batches of kittens. They all belonged to us and they were all black which was really great because we used to have Halloween Parties at our creepy house. It was like they were part of the decorations! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Chris,

      It is wonderful that your black cat Twitch physically saved your life. Our pets give us so much in the way of love and trust. It is horrific when evil people take something away from them by abusing them just because of their color. That kind of behavior spills over into other areas of their lives also and they are the same kind of people who abuse children & adults who are defenseless. Thanks for your comment, link and the share. Heading on over to read your hub now.

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      Hi, I came here after reading your kind comment on another Hub. Bless you for your kindness to your little black cat. It's people like you who balance out the evil in this world.

      My own black cat Twitch woke me up when I stopped breathing. You're an angel and so is he. People who look at a black cat and see evil are confusing an animal with a mirror.

      I'm voting up, sharing and linking on my site, Ceiliing Cat is Black.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Our Mama Kitty sadly never did learn to trust people despite all the things that we did for her. At least she had shelter, food, water, etc. and some safety. Nice that yours trusted enough to come into your home and that she trusted you with her kittens. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      We had a Mama Kitty. We got her in pretty much the same way you got your kitty. Except she had to be in the house with us. We made a place for her to have her kittens but she would bring them in and put them in bed with us. She could not stay far from us. Loved your story. Voted Up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JamaGenee,

      We really had a fun childhood. Sorry to say that Mama Kitty did not have the same. You are probably correct in that whoever inflicted such pain and suffering upon her went on to do even more. Sad! Hope that this upcoming Halloween spares innocent animals from such horrors. Thanks for your comment.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Lovely stories of your childhood and Mama Kitty. I, too, can't believe the cruelty some people unleash on animals. What happened to Mam Kitty's eye and vocal chords sounds like the work of a small child who was most likely a budding psychopath who graduated to even greater cruelty to humans (or murder) as an adult.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mighty Mom,

      Happy Halloween to you also! It is no wonder that animal shelters allow no one to adopt black cats at this time of year for their own protection. Mama Kitty remained shy and untrusting, but had as good a life as we could give to her. Thanks for your warm and lovely comment.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I can think of only one word for this hub: HALLOWED.

      It's so rich with nostalgia and heartwarming storytelling.

      LOVE the family pic. I have fond memories of painting my son's face (until he got too big to want Mom involved in his costuming).

      The Momma Kitty story shows the two ends of the human spectrum. I shudder to think anyone would be so cruel to a defenseless cat. But I know it happens. God bless you and people like you. You game Momma Kitty a beautiful life on her own terms.

      Big smile and rated up.

      Happy Halloween!


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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Our poor little black cat (Momma Kitty) had a rough start in life but we did what we could for her. As to Halloween costumes, with 100 degree temps. in Houston it is hard to think of that time of year approaching in the months ahead. Am sure kids are wanting that last day at the beach before school starts. Thanks for your comment.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy a great reminder for Halloween and time to order those costumes for another year - the Black Cat story is a great read.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lucky Cats,

      You are so obviously a caring human being when it comes to cats and animals and I am so pleased to meet you here via HubPages. Thanks for your comments regarding our black cat story and also the Halloween context.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hello Peggy. Well, with each article of yours I read, I gain more and more respect and liking for you! what a wonderful person you are, Peggy. I, too, rescued a black cat from my neighborhood several years ago (wow! thinking about it; it's been about 7 years!) We named her Princess Pee because, we were to learn from our Veterinarians later, she was sometimes incontinent because she had been shot and the bullet remained in place. This poor cat had pulled herself out into the street. A little boy found her and was carrying her along as best he could (she was full grown and he must have been, maybe; around 6). The boy desperately wanted to help her but was overwhelmed w/the situation but would NOT leave her. I came upon the scene and asked if I could help him..he was so relieved. He was a 'latchkey' child in that no parents were home so, I found his mother's work #, called and asked permission to take the cat to my Vet's office. Of course, she was relieved...long story short; we kept PP and helped her in however many ways were needed. She lived 5 years but, tragically, the wounds and debilitating effect of that gunshot were ever complicating her ability to walk and use the litter box...pretty soon, she became too disabled for life to be good for her, any longer so, we had to do the right thing by her and hold her in loving arms while she passed over. I never found out who did it to her. Anyway, just to let you know how much I relate to and value this are such a great person to place this out there in order that others learn and so that we can all watch a little more closely what happens to our feline friends.

      Bless you!!! All the positive buttons pushed!!!

      Peggy, I almost failed to mention how lovely are your Halloween memories and the great facial make up and home made costumes and delicious yummy treats which were REWARDED....not given "carelessly." LOL..such wonderful childhood memories. My "young girl and little girl" series are about the same thing...those romantic sweet and fun times!. Love the sibling/momma pic, too.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Eiddwen,

      Glad you liked this story about our very special little black cat named Mama Kitty that touched our lives.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I am really finding the gems today. Another great one Peggy, I loved it and I voteup all the way.

      Take care


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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Gendarme,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this story about Halloween and our black cat, Mama Kitty.

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      Gendarme 7 years ago from Jamaica

      Great story you shared!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Happy to have shared my memories of Halloween with you. Thanks for the comment.

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      I could feel the happiness of your childhood celebrating halloween after reading this hub. I think it's not merely a celebration but also a cultural event. Thank you for sharing your beautiful moments with us.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vanderhaven,

      Thanks for sharing your memories of Halloween and what you are now doing to make Halloween fun for your children. I'll just bet that they will remember your homemade costumes much longer than if you simply purchased the ready made ones at the store. Much more interaction in the family by what you are doing which is important.

      So nice to hear that you are also taking care of a feral cat. If more people would spay and neuter their pets, there would not be such an overpopulation of them. The feral ones, on average, do not have that good or long a life. Obviously you are a caring person. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      Yes...poor little Mama Kitty was unable to be loved like our other cats most probably just because she was singled out because of being a black cat. All of us...cats or people...are the same underneath that layer of fur or skin. No one should be singled out due to coloration. You really focused on the animal part of this hub which was my prime intent. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dohn121,

      This must have generated some Halloween memories of your own. Happy to have shared mine. As to caring for our black cat...Mama was the least that we could do considering everything that she had endured. Poor little thing. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete,

      Thanks for the compliment on the structure of my hubs. I am learning and some of my earlier hubs look pretty sad. With time, I may go back and correct some of them.

      So you too had to perform tricks to get your treats on Halloween. Would love to see you doing your elephant trick. Ha!

      Yes...I would like to see great punishment meted out to those who abuse animals. Sad state of affairs. Statistically many who abuse animals go on to abusing children or adults in later years.

      Thanks for your comment on our Black Cat story and Halloween.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      As you say, we may have had little in comparison to what is made of Halloween today...but we had what counted. Family togetherness and traditions that no amount of money can buy. Also the safety of the times was so sweet. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      vanderhaven 7 years ago

      I have great memories of homemade costumes, face painting and dressing up and --funny to realize it but the candy and going trick or treating isn't the "Main", fun memory.

      My kids don't have the slightest idea what it used to be like but I suppose in some way they are having fun too, and will grow up with fond memories of halloween times. I do try to make homemade costumes so at least that will be something they remember fondly even though right now all they want is one from the store!

      I have a feral cat right now. She isn't black but she was a small little abandoned kitten right at Halloween time last year. We fed her and tried to be very kind to her and give her a good home but she is VERY scared of people and hides whenever anyone else besides us comes around. She also had a bad eye when we got her but it wasn't gouged out, she had pinkeye and it was really infected. Today, she is beautiful and as happy as we can make her. So, it was great to read your hub and see we have so many things in common. :)

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      loveroflife 7 years ago

      You obviously touched Mamma Kitty's life. It is a shame that because of someone's evil action, you could never physically touch her. Thanks for a sweet and moving story.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I really enjoyed your hub, Peggy W. It sounds like you had the ideal Halloween as a child (great photo). I felt a great sense of nostalgia hearing about your father carving pumpkins and you and your brothers getting face-painted by your mom--it was a nice touch--especially the part about Mamma Kitty, who certainly needy help. That was a wonderful act of kindness by your family's part. Thanks for the memories.

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      Pete Maida 7 years ago

      First I have to say the your hubs are always so well structured with the use of the bold type and the pictures. It is always a pleasant read.

      Trick or treat was the same for us in Pennsylvania when I was growing up. We had to perform for our treats. I did elephant jokes.

      I never understood how someone could harm an animal like that. I'd like to see a character that could do that to a small cat thrown in a cage with a lion and see if they can pull the same stuff.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That is a lovely hub and thank you for coming and sharing. I also think that in those days we had nothing to nowadays but it was a healthier and safer world.