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Black Cats

We offer a range of unique black cat themed cards and prints based on the original artwork of illustrator Rachel Heavens.

Galvanised into action by reported discrimination against black cats, Rachel has produced a range of illustrations showing just what  wonderful art subjects these gorgeous animals are. They make perfect subjects for greetings cards and prints and Rachel has produced a range or cards and prints that make wonderful gifts or keepsakes.

Dedicated to black cats everywhere, we donate a percentage of our income to cats charities.

 

Celebrating

Black Cats

We offer a range of unique black cat themed cards and prints based on the original artwork of illustrator Rachel Heavens.

Galvanised into action by reported discrimination against black cats, Rachel has produced a range of illustrations showing just what  wonderful art subjects these gorgeous animals are. They make perfect subjects for greetings cards and prints and Rachel has produced a range or cards and prints that make wonderful gifts or keepsakes.

Dedicated to black cats everywhere, we donate a percentage of our income to cats charities.

 

Popular Items

A5 size mini print mounted on board

£7.50 each

A5 size mini print mounted on board

£7.50 each

A3 size print 

£35.00

Pack of 6 Greetings Cards

£15.00

Some Black Cat History

Black cats have been the subject of folklore for millennia. Varying from culture to culture there are a wide range of myths and superstitions about them. In Scotland if a strange black cat comes into your home then prosperity is on its way and in Celtic mythology there is a fairy known as the Cat sith who takes the form of a black cat. Here in the British Isles, black cats are generally considered to bring good luck and a woman who owns one will have many suitors (so there’s the answer to finding ‘The One’ ladies!)

In the rest of Europe black cats are considered to be rather unlucky, especially if one crosses your path (but it’s good luck in Britain). During the witch burning times they were considered to be familiars of witches or actually the shape-shifting witches themselves. Folklore has many tales where a black feline has changed into human form to act as a spy or courier for witches, and for a time owning one was rather a risky thing to do as it could be taken the wrong way by neighbours. 

However, the supernatural powers of black cats have also been viewed positively. Sailors are said to have preferred them as the ship’s cat as they believed they would bring luck. Sailor’s wives also kept black cats believing they would would use their powers to protect their husbands at sea.

The legends and myths about black cats dates right back to Ancient Egypt where there was a cat goddess called Bastet (or Bast). It was believed that a household would gain favour with Bastet if they looked after a black cat. She was originally a lioness goddess but eventually transposed into a cat goddess who looked after pregnant women and childbirth. She was also the goddess of protection against contagious diseases and evil spirits. 

Charles I of England in the early 17th Century also believed in the power of black cats to bring good luck and perhaps he was right as the day after his treasured black cat died he was arrested for treason.

You have been warned!

Egyptian Cat Goddess Bastet