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During the Middle Ages, black cats were first associated with witches. Lonely, old women who lived on the outskirts of town would adopt and care for stray stay cats for companionship. Townspeople became wary of women who kept too many cats, believing that the women were witches and the cats were sent out to do their bidding.
- In Scotland a strange black cat appearing on your porch is a good omen and means that prosperity is on the way.
- If you hear a cat sneeze in Italy, you are in for a streak of good luck
- In the U.S., if you dream of a white cat, good luck may follow. But, if you spot a white cat as the sun sets you might be in trouble.
- Cats are not allowed in the room in the Netherlands if a family is having a private talk. It's feared that the cat will spread gossip and family secrets all over town.
- In Ireland killing a cat can bring 17 years of bad luck.
- In Japan, many believe that a black cat crossing your path is good luck.
- If a cat scratches behind its ear, rain is coming. If a cat runs around crazily, expect a windy day. Kittens born in May will bring snakes into your house (Celtic myth).