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When did black cats become bad luck? — 1 Comment

  1. Although there was a lot of pejudicial nonsense against cats in the medieval centuries, I’ve heard that due the the black death pandemics of the 14th century, spread by infected fleas on rats, this turned around as cats became valued as rat-killers. The folktale of Dick Whittington and his cat, which I believe dates from the reign of Richard II or the late 14th century, has the contrary message of Cats as good-luck not bad. You would probably know better than I if this change in attitude actually occurred, or if this is a mis-reading of history.

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