People who are thinking about buying cat food for a new pet may want to pick up a black cat this Halloween.
The Blue Cross has said it is hoping the luck will change for a number of the black cats it has in its care, as it has taken in 15 per cent more animals of this colour this year compared to 2010.
Jess Hollis, animal welfare assistant at our Lewknor adoption centre, said: "There is a huge association with black cats and witches, spells, bad luck and other dark things; however, they are also symbols of good luck.
"Good luck, bad luck, it all sounds rather silly. Black cats are just that, black cats. The only supernatural powers they possess are ones of unconditional love and affection, just like any other cat."
In folklore, people in Scotland believe a black cat’s arrival signifies prosperity.
In Japan, people believe black cats are good luck and that a woman with one will have many suitors.