Our dark as night feline fuzzballs hold a top tier position on the superstition hierarchy, so it’s no surprise that in Hollywood’s heyday they needed lots of these enigmatic creatures (remember, they couldn’t make animals talk using CGI!). I love this LIFE documented photo of cat ladies and a couple fellas auditioning their kitties in line — BTW, when do you ever see leashed cats anymore?

Photo by Ralph Crane, 1961 via Retronaut