ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cats and Halloween

Updated on October 15, 2017
Gloriousconfusion profile image

Halloween is just a bit of modern fun, imported from USA, and that's how I see it when I write my ghostly pages with horror photos & poems

If you Love Cats and enjoy Halloween, This Page is For You

You'll learn a few things about Cats and there are a few lovely pictures of cats, some of them artwork and some of them photographs. There are a few catty things you can buy, like books about cats also posters. and a little about Halloween along the way.

Black Cat - Chat Noir By Steinlein-Le

This is my black cat on metal, hanging on a wooden door
This is my black cat on metal, hanging on a wooden door | Source

What's This About?

The first part of this page is about the history of cats and how they became domesticated. Then you can read a bit about my beautiful tortoiseshell cat called Pussums, or Pussy for short. Not very imaginative, I hear you mutter, but it was a practical name for a stray cat with no pedigree and no known parentage, in view of the fact that we didn't know how long she would be staying.

Black Cat Freaking Out Tabby Cat

Don't worry, it all ended happily
Don't worry, it all ended happily | Source

Cats Have Been Domesticated Since the Stone Age - Alternately Feared and Revered

Cats have been both feared as harbingers of evil and revered for their magical qualities.

The Egyptians worshipped cats as Gods, and respected them enough to mummify them. But they were also used in Egypt as sacrifices and the more cats you could muster for a jolly sacrifice, the more your family was respected.

The Romans brought them to Europe because of their superior ability to keep down the rat population. Then in the Middle Ages, people turned against them, imbuing them with satanic qualities, and they were treated as dangerous vermin which needed to be exterminated in order to bring good luck. This led to a substantial increase in the rat population, which in turn caused the black plague which swept across Europe throughout the Middle Ages, until people once more realized feline potential as rat killers.

A Black Cat - Strange To Think It Might Have Been A Witch's Familiar In The Past

A nice little black cat - One of the neighbour's cats wandering through our yard
A nice little black cat - One of the neighbour's cats wandering through our yard | Source

Cats and Superstition, Especially in Relation to Halloween

Black cats were regarded as sinister and evil in many cultures, and especially in Europe; at the time when witch-hunting was rampant, black cats were said to be the witches' familiars. People were very superstitious, and were likely to kill black cats. There was even a culture of burning them in parts of Europe, though this was less likely in Britain. They were spoken of as consorting with the devil, and bringing bad luck.

By contrast, in some countries they were considered to bring good luck. And in Germany, it depended upon whether they crossed your path from right to left or left to right - It must have got a bit complicated, really, especially if, like some people, you didn't always remember your left from your right.

Here's a Big Scary Cat - Aren't you shivering in your boots? ........Wait for it........

.......Keep waiting......

....................A bit longer......

..............................OK, look below......

.....................................Now!..................Go for it!!

Beware of Big Furry Cats Lying in Wait for You in Dark Places!

They could trip you up or make you fall in love with them in a trice - they have dark powers, no doubt about it

Here it is, a great scary cat! This is my cat Pussums as a kitten

She was a stray cat and we coaxed her to stay
She was a stray cat and we coaxed her to stay | Source

Here's An Even More Threatening Picture Of My Cat - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid -

This Is The Same Cat You Saw Earlier As A Kitten:

Don't Trust Any Cat That Tries To Camouflage Itself To Fit In With The Bed Clothes

She likes having her tummy tickled
She likes having her tummy tickled | Source

The Most Important Thing To Do On Halloween:

Stay away from dangerous cats and threatening children.

Turn out your lights, crouch down below the window ledge, and pretend you aren't there.

Whatever you do, don't open the door to strangers, witches, ghosties or ghoulies and DON'T give them money or sweets, in case they like them and come back for more next year!

Like Cats? Hate Cats? Looking forward to Trick or Treat (Trickle Treat as I say it!)?

And another thing: Do you hate horrible little smiling children in stupid fancy dress knocking on your door?

Take this poll about Black Cats, the Witches' Familiar

Are you Superstitious of Black Cats?

See results

Here's The Cheshire Cat From Alice In Wonderland by John Tenniel

I love this picture
I love this picture

Two Cats by Andre Steinlen

I like Steinlen's Cats Because The Tortoiseshell Cat Looks Very Much Like Our Cat, Pussums (Or Pushkin, If You Want Her Formal Name)

Pussums started off as a stray kitten, and we found her sitting on our shed roof, crying. I coaxed her down and tempted her into the kitchen with some food. She ate it and ran off, but next time she visited, I invited her in for a meal, and she never left after that. She has remained with us for over five years, but is still afraid of strangers, especially if they are noisy, and she hates being picked up. In fact she's not very friendly except when she wants food, but she quite likes company, and likes to be in the same room as us, as long as we don't try and put her on our knee or get too physica

She disappeared once for two nights and I felt really sad, but she came back safe and sound, never explaining where she had been.....that's cats for you!

Why Black Cats Are Considered Bad Luck - Popular YouTube Video

Whatever Your Views About Halloween, Leave Your Comment in my Guestbook - Have your say here

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 3 years ago

      Terrific lens, lot of fun.

    • Zhana21 profile image

      Zhana 3 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Thanks for this.

    • Gloriousconfusion profile image

      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @SheGetsCreative: If you study doggedly, this may be a catalyst to help you to become a cat person as well

    • Gloriousconfusion profile image

      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @SusannaDuffy: You haven't lived!

    • Gloriousconfusion profile image

      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @SheGetsCreative: : Thank you for your message which will be dealt with as soon as possible.

      This is an automated reply.

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      70% - more proof that I am truly a dog person ;)

    • SusannaDuffy profile image

      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I've never heard of a witch's cat being Ginger!

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I didn't do so good on the quiz but I learned a few things about cats and halloween. Thanks

    • Gloriousconfusion profile image

      Diana Grant 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Frischy: Why, was he frightened of witches?

    • Frischy profile image

      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I love my kitties. I had a black cat for many years. We always had to keep him indoors starting the week or so prior to Halloween.

    • pinkrenegade lm profile image

      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      I love cats., they're so sweet.

    • orangegirl6020 profile image

      orangegirl6020 5 years ago

      Lovely lens!

    • mrsclaus411 profile image

      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Cute pictures of cats.

    • profile image

      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I enjoyed taking your quiz!

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun quiz page. Thanks for featuring my scary cat card from Zazzle!

    • akumar46 lm profile image

      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Nice quiz but failed.

    • pumpnut lm profile image

      pumpnut lm 7 years ago

      Tripped up on a couple of those questions. My cat thought it was hilarious.

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

      I forgot where I was and that I might fall under the spell of Goriousconfusion and had to watch for trick questions, ouch! Okay, so now cats only have ONE life! Brilliantly and delightully fooled!

    • profile image

      poutine 7 years ago

      I did so bad on the quiz.

    • profile image

      WhitePineLane 7 years ago

      I love the pictures of your terrifying cat! :-D

    • profile image

      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      I'm a cat lover and also enjoyed your quiz! Come by and say hi to my Russian Blue cat.

    • myneverboredhands profile image

      myneverboredhands 7 years ago

      Very funny and interesting lens...I love your quiz... I just don't agree with two answers in it: about the color of a Halloween cat and how many lives it has... :)

    • norma-holt profile image

      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Another great lens. I didn't do so well on the quiz either but enjoyed your choices. I am featuring this on Witches.

    • jolou profile image

      jolou 7 years ago

      I love cats, but didn't do so great on the quiz.

    • profile image

      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

    • Elle-Dee-Esse profile image

      Lynne Schroeder 7 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I enjoyed your cat tales and quiz. Lensrolled to my Halloween History, Best Bags For Trick Or Treating and Should Cats Be Confined To Owners' Property? lenses