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Happy National Black Cat Day!

30 October 2014

UK - Today marks National Black Cat Day and being so close to Halloween is a reminder that black moggies are not always quite as blessed as their other feline friends.

Now in its fourth year, National Black Cat Day aims to raise awareness of the many unwanted black and black-and-white moggies in care, most of which wait around a week longer to be adopted than their more colourful counterparts.

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 and black-and-white cats make up around half of all the cats in our care – and sadly they wait much longer to find their forever home than the average cat,” said Gemma Smith, Cats Protection’s Digital Communications Officer.

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!” 

Show your support today by posting a pic of your black cats on Twitter using the hashtag #NationalBlackCatDay.

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Top image via Shutterstock

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