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What's Our Problem with Black Cats?

24 October 2014

UK - With Halloween fast approaching, the usual connotations are making an appearance with none more so than the classic black cat.

As a cat-lover myself, I find it hard to understand how certain felines come to be overlooked, purely because of their colour.

But year-on-year, figures from animal charities suggest that the UK has an issue with black cats, as they prove harder and harder to find lasting homes for.

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.

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

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