The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac
of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.
September 24, 2009
Sept. 24, 1928
Desmond Morris is a zoologist whose book CatLore (1993) is just one of his volumes to deal with cats. In this book he mentions that there are no black cats. He means domestic kitty cats. Any one you look at will have a white hair or hairs someplace. This is because, Morris says, the black cats a woman accused of witchcraft might have as pets, could only be put to death themselves, if they were totally black, so that white hair had a survival value for the cats. September 24, 1928, is Desmond Morris's birth date.