There's Something Magical About a Black Cat

Most of us grew up with the myth that seeing a black cat brought bad luck. But did you know in many cultures black cats bring good fortune? In Europe black cats were thought to bring good luck for sailors — having them on board was believed to ensure a safe journey.

At Chicken Soup for the Soul, black cats hold a special place in our hearts. In fact, we’re always advocating for the adoption of black cats, the ones who are often left behind at shelters.

One of my favorite stories from our new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Clever, Curious, Caring Cat, is about a precious little black cat named Rhiannon. In the story, The Magic of the LBC, Margrita Colabuno did not want a black cat. She wanted a cat like the one she’d lost, with a colorful coat. But when Magrita 's son and his girlfriend lived with her during the COVID-19 pandemic, they added a little black cat named Rhiannon to the household.

It took a while for Magrita to warm up to Rhiannon, but she grew to appreciate the complex and colorful personality behind the black fur. She says, “The more I noticed and appreciated her cute, little quirks, the more I realized how vastly I’d misjudged the bewitching powers of the Little Black Cat. Like the infamous LBD, or Little Black Dress, LBCs may seem plain and unadorned, but there’s nothing basic about them.”

And don't forget to mark your calendars— October 27th is National Black Cat Day!


Chicken Soup for the Soul has been “changing lives one story at a time”® since 1993 with more than 250 books that provide hope, inspiration, and tips for a better life. Virtually every title becomes a self-help bestseller. Each book contains 101 true, personal stories submitted by ordinary people with extraordinary experiences to share. The topics are wide-ranging, but always inspirational and entertaining, covering everything from faith and spirituality to family, marriage, pets, and overcoming challenges of all kinds. Life values such as gratitude, forgiveness, mindfulness, positive thinking, and giving back are a big part of the series, with specific self-help books that help readers of all ages, from children to the elderly.