The month of October celebrates Halloween night, as is also known as Halloween (October 31), or Day of the Dead (November 1). On these dates, those who celebrate the festivities usually dress up, ask for sweets (children) or go out to party.
But some pets can also have a hard time on those days, specifically, black cats. According to some beliefs, cats of this color are associated with bad luck or witchcraft,
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For this reason, the Institute for Animal Protection and Welfare (Idpyba) revealed to Network+ News that during this month of the year the measure of Do not give black cats up for adoption.
The measure began because out of superstition many people harm these felines and also For satanic practices or rituals, black cats are sacrificed to try to “call spirits”.
The deputy director of Citizen Culture and Knowledge Management of the Idpyba, Natalia Parra, stated that the “lack of orientation in certain spaces” causes some young people to believe that “they do satanism” and join groups “even though they have contact with an evil deity.”
Parra stated that the above promotes the perception that there are animals that have “certain characteristics” to carry out supposed satanic rituals, for that reason the entity that protects animals in the country’s capital announced to the media that the Black felines are not given up for adoption.
“It has happened in some municipalities, in Bogotá there is a rumor, there is no evidence, but, for the sake of prevention, what those of us who work with animals do from institutions and from civil society, we seek that animals with these characteristics do not be delivered to prevent something like this from happening, especially in October,” said the deputy director of Idpyba, Natalia Parra.
The Idpyba undersecretary added that the belief about black cats yesemerged in the 19th century in the Victorian era since “there was too much propensity for the credibility of unnatural aspects and a good part of those beliefs come from that time.”
The website of the District Institute for Animal Protection and Welfare announced some recommendations for people who celebrate this date in the company of their pets:
- If you attend an event with your pet, avoid crowds, loud noises that cause anxiety and alter the animal’s behavior.
- Avoid costumes that cause discomfort, that is, that you can walk; breathe; run and do your basic needs.
- Do not put shoes on it because “an animal releases heat through the pads of its paws.”
- The costume must be made of the correct materials that do not affect the animal’s skin.
- Do not use chemical materials such as lacquer, sprays, paint, enamel or makeup.
- Avoid giving sweets to your pets.
- Place an identification plate on it to avoid a case of loss in crowds.