Cat Superstitions

There are many wives tales and superstitions about cats. In some cultures black cats are considered good luck, and in others they are considered bad luck. Find out the many superstitions, and some less popular beliefs coming from various countries.

"A black cat that walks in your path is bad luck" is one of many superstitions we have heard and probably the most popular.

The gambling world is afraid of black cats. It is believed that if, while traveling to a casino, if a black cat crosses a gambler's road or path, that person should not go to the casino. Most players believe that black cats bring bad luck.
Sacred cats kept in a sanctuary in ancient Egypt were carefully tended by priests who watched them day and night. The priests interpreted the cat's movements - twitch of a whisker, yawn, or stretch - into a prediction of an event that would happen in the future.

A black cat crossing one's path by moonlight means death in an epidemic. Irish superstition 
To see a white cat on the road is lucky.  
American superstition

When moving to a new home, always put the cat through the window instead of the door, so that it will not leave. - American superstition 
If cats desert a house, illness will reign there 
Dreaming of white cat means good luck. - American superstition  
  • When the pupil of a cat's eye broadens, there will be rain. - Welsh superstition 
  • A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it. - Italian superstition 
  • English schoolchildren believe seeing a white cat on the way to school is sure to bring trouble. To avert bad luck, they must either spit, or turn around completely and make the sign of the cross.
  • It is bad luck to see a white cat at night. - American superstition 
  • When you see a one-eyed cat, spit on your thumb, stamp it in the palm of your hand, and make a wish. The wish will come true. - American superstition 
  • If a cat washes behind its ears, it will rain. - English superstition 
  • A cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather ahead. - English superstition 
  • To see a white cat on the road is lucky. - American superstition
  • One who kicks a cat will develop rheumatism in that leg.
  • A black cat lying on a sick person’s bed will bring death.
  • Cats will suck the breath from babies.