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Why Are People Wary of Rehoming Black Cats?

11 August 2014

ANALYSIS - Any cat lover will tell you that colour isn't an issue when it comes to choosing a feline companion, or so you'd think, writes Gemma Hyland.

Statistics from the RSPCA suggest that there is a national problem with rehoming cats of this colour and at any one time around 70 per cent of the cats in their care will be either black or black-and-white.

There are a number of reasons for this, such as:

  • black cats are harder to ‘tell apart’ than cats with more distinctive markings, so they tend to be overlooked
  • black animals tend not to photograph as well as other markings – so people may not notice them on a rehoming website
  • there still is some superstitions around black cats, which could have a knock on effect.

Blue Cross said it had seen a 65 per cent rise in the number of black cats it took in each year between 2007 and 2013.

Black days for black cats

Sadly, black cats are very often the ones which have been worst sufferers of abuse and neglect.

RSPCA welfare officer, Hayley Plows said: “Colonies of ferals and strays in my own experience this year as a welfare officer have been at a rough guess 85 per cent black or black-and-white, I unfortunately do not think this is by pure coincidence.

“I’ll often find that if when I arrive at a job the cats/kittens concerned are ‘pretty colours’ that they have found homes with neighbours/finders/feeders and the black ones are the ones left behind.

“Strangely some of the nicest cats we’ve had have been some of those who have had the hardest start in life, it should be the opposite way around but for some unknown reason they seem to have not lost faith in our kind!”

Check out #blackcatlove on Twitter to see what amazing pets black cats can make.

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

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