Superstitions about white cats

You’ve probably heard of crazy superstitions about black cats, but what about white ones? Just like black felines, white cats have certain legends, symbolisms and superstitions revolving around them. Read on to find out more!
By Claudia Chia
Published on Thursday, 24 November 2016

White cats and good luck
In many myths and fables, black cats are regarded as harbingers of bad luck. It seems the reverse is true too: In many countries, white cats are seen as a symbol of good luck, and are believed to represent purity and positivity in many regions as well.

White cats and bad luck
That said, in some regions, white cats are the ones that a supposed to bring bad luck and trouble (depending on when and how you come across them). For example, chancing upon a white cat on your way to work can supposedly predict upcoming unemployment or problems in your job.

White cats and children
A superstition in North America believes that white cats and babies should not be together as your feline may feel threatened by the purity and innocence of the child, and may place a curse on your baby. However, in some Mediterranean countries, when a white cat takes a liking to a child, it is considered to be a sign that the child will grow up to be a good person and achieve great things.

White cats and money
In Russia, white cats are considered to be good for your wallet and having a white cat in your home is supposed to bring money into your household. If someone else’s white kitty pays you a visit, this is usually seen as a sign that money and prosperity are about to knock on your door!

In the U.K., however, it is the total opposite. Having a white cat enter your home is considered to be an indication of tough times ahead, and a white cat that’s leaving the house is believed to bring all the luck out with him. Yikes.

When a white cat crosses your path
If a black cat crossing your path means bad luck, what about white cats? Well, the superstitions surrounding this can vary from region to region, but it is generally viewed as good luck to meet a white cat on the streets, and even more so if you say hi to them and get a “meow” in return!

White cats hold grudges
In England, white cats are thought to be able to hold a grudge for years, and it’s considered extremely unwise to offend or annoy a white feline! However, showing kindness to a white cat by offering him treats or food will get you the blessings of the cat and will bring good luck to you for the rest of your day.