October is the purrrfect month to talk about black cats. But you may be surprised to learn what Skouters think. More than 1,500 Skout users recently took a survey, and here’s what they had to say:
Think black cats are unlucky? Think again!
- Fifty-nine percent of Skouters think black cats are actually good luck!
Black-cat owners have better luck than Skouters who don’t have black cats.
- Forty-six percent of Skouters who have owned a black cat say they have won a contest or the lottery, versus 40 percent of people who have never owned a black cat).
- Sixty-four percent of Skouters who have owned a black cat have had a near-death experience and lived to tell about it, versus 54 percent of people who have never owned a black cat.
Skouters who believe black cats are bad luck also believe in ghosts.
- Sixty-three percent of Skouters who say black cats are bad luck also believe in ghosts, and 59 percent say they are superstitious.
Irony alert: Most Skouters who think black cats are bad luck have black hair.
- Fifty-nine percent of people who think black cats are bad luck have black hair. Hmmm ...
More than one-third of women have dressed up as a black cat for Halloween.
- Thirty-five percent of women surveyed say they have dressed up as a black cat for Halloween.
- A black cat costume is especially popular with redheads – 43 percent of whom say they have worn a black cat costume – and blondes (41 percent).
Cat owners have more friends!
- Seventy-one percent of cat owners have more than four friends, but 66 percent of Skouters who don’t own cats say the same.
Cat owners love black kitties.
- Nearly 75 percent of cat owners have owned a black cat, and the same number of Skouters say they would consider adopting a black cat in the future.
TRICK OR TREAT – GIVE CAT TOWN HALLOWEEN GIFTS!
To celebrate Halloween and help cats (of all colors!) at the same time, Skout has partnered with Cat Town Cafe, the ONLY nonprofit cat cafe in the world! The San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit is devoted to helping shy, stressed, or older cats find new homes. Cat Town does this through its foster program and the Cat Town Cafe, a space where cats available to adopt are free-roaming and can show off their personalities in their natural environment. On Halloween, for every virtual black cat or Cat Town sticker Skouters give to each other within the app, Skout will make a donation to Cat Town Cafe.
Not sure how to give a gift? Tap here to learn how!
Want to help the Cat Town Cafe cats? You can do that in three ways!
Read on to hear about Cat Town Cafe in a co-founder's own words:
HOW A CAT CAFE HELPS SHELTER CATS
By Ann Dunn
Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, Calif., is devoted to helping shelter cats find new homes in a completely unique way. In fact, we’re the only non-profit cat cafe in existence!
Through my experience as a shelter volunteer, I realized that many cats’ true potential was hidden by cages. Cats thrive in a free-roaming environment -- just like us! The goal of Cat Town Cafe is to make cats ready for new homes. This is done through letting cats live in a natural environment -- that is, if your idea of a natural environment is a sunny, open space with cat murals, cat condos in the shapes of Bay Area landmarks, and visitors enjoying coffee and tea!
Cat Town’s Adoption Recipe for Success! Strong foster program. Free-roaming space for cats and potential adopters. Partnership with local animal shelters.
The Cat Town Cafe model is so successful that -- unlike shelters, where black cats have been known to languish -- black cats have about the same adoption rates as other cats. It’s proof that when given the opportunity to shine, cats do!
We’ve found that if we put a black cat in the cat café, where they are relaxed and having fun, people see their wonderful personalities, so they get adopted at about the same rate as everyone else.
Ann Dunn is the president and founder of Cat Town. She started as a cat volunteer at Oakland Animal Services. Ann’s Cat Town Cafe co-founder is Adam Myatt. Also affectionately known as the Cat Man of West Oakland, Adam began his cat journey by photographing cats in his neighborhood and creating Hoodcats.
WATCH: SKOUT VISITS CAT TOWN!
WIN EXCLUSIVE SKOUT HALLOWEEN SWAG
Pick a cat… any cat. It can be your cat, a friend’s cat, a significant other’s cat… we’ll leave it up to you, we want you to show your love for cats. Just follow these instructions to enter to win a Skout-Cat Town t-shirt and mug!
- You must have a Skout account. You can join Skout here:
- Post a photo of you and your cat on Buzz, tagged #Lovecats.
- Skout will choose our favorite photo and award the winner a Skout-Cat Town t-shirt and mug!
EMBRACE YOUR INNER COOKIE MONSTER
Baked goods? Yes please! You don’t need to be an expert baker to enjoy these Halloween themed cookies. Our in-house creativity wizard, Gosia, recommends these super simple recipes. Go crazy with the decorations or take a tame approach. It’s up to you!
BLACK CAT COOKIES Recommended for human consumption only!
Ingredients 1 ready-made refrigerated sugar cookie dough 1 can of dark chocolate ready-made frosting Edible decorations: candy eyes, sprinkles, m&ms, decorating gels and frostings, anything you like!
Directions: Slice the cookies into rounds as instructed on the package. Leave two round pieces and cut them to create wedges like a pizza. These will be the ears of the cat head cookie. Assemble your cat ears onto their heads on your baking tray, bake as directed, and let cool. Once cooled decorate with frosting and candies!
CAT ATTACK COOKIES For those cats with a sweet tooth, this is the perfect recipe to satisfy their cravings. It’s kitty-approved!
Ingredients 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup soy flour 1 teaspoon catnip 1 egg 1/3 cup milk or cat's milk 2 tablespoons wheat germ 1/3 cup powdered milk 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses 2 tablespoons butter, vegetable oil, or canola oil
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix dry ingredients together. Add molasses, egg, oil and milk. Roll out flat onto oiled cookie sheet and cut into small, cat bite-sized pieces. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool and store in tightly sealed container.
For more recipes for your pets, check out simplypets.com.
VEGAN HALLOWEEN COOKIES Vegans! We didn’t forget about you!
Dry Ingredients: 1½ cups whole wheat flour 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder (like Hershey’s Special Dark) ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt
Wet Ingredients: ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup mild oil (you can use an avocado-coconut blend) ¼ cup So Delicious unsweetened nondairy milk (almond, coconut or cashew)
Directions: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare 2 large cookie sheets by oiling or covering with parchment paper. Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and cut in with a pastry cutter or 2 forks. Use your hands to make a ball. If the dough is too crumbly, add another tablespoon of nondairy milk and try again. Roll out ¼ of the dough at a time on a floured work surface into a medium thickness. Use bat and cat cookie cutters to cut out shapes and gently place them on the baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used. If you use medium-sized cookie cutters, these will need to bake for about 10 minutes. The cookies will be crunchy.
There’s more where that came from! Veganhalloweencookbook.com shows you how to rock Halloween vegan style.
The Creative Guru: Gosia Aleta is Skout’s Director of Community Support. Crafting using glitter and stickers with her two girls never gets old. She loves doing anything creative: crafts, baking, making something out of nothing…basically anything that makes her think outside of the box! And she likes frosting - a lot.