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Black Cats and Halloween: The History Behind the Superstition

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Why Black Cats and Halloween?

Why are certain animals synonymous with Halloween — bats, rats, owls, spiders, ravens, crows, toads, wolves, and…black cats?

What is the deal with black cats and witches?

Did Pope Gregory IX issue a papal bull during the 13th century that called for the mass extermination of black cats?

What’s the history behind all of this, and what does it mean for us (and the animals) today? 

Join me as we explore the mystery and the madness behind black cats and Halloween!

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