Look beyond the ‘selfie’ and be selfless for animals
We’re thrilled that the plight of hard to rehome black cats has hit the news today, but would like to assure people the reasons they are difficult to rehome is complex and based on a number of key factors.
In UK folklore, black cats symbolise good luck, yet sadly in reality they are not so lucky. There is a national problem with rehoming cats of this colour and at any one time around 70 per cent of the cats in our 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.
Our rehoming teams have heard all kinds of excuses about why they don’t want a black cat, including; “It’s too scary for my daughter who will only be able to see it’s eyes in the dark, it will frighten her” and “we won’t be able to see it in the garden as there are other black cats and we won’t recognise it or we might trip over it!”
Black days for black cats
Sadly, black cats in our experience are very often the ones which have been worst sufferers of abuse and neglect.
One of our welfare officers, Hayley Plows told us:
“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!”
Brighten a black cats future
We are genuinely puzzled as to why this still happens, but we would urge people to never judge a cat by its colour but instead look at its personality first.
Black cats, and other animals, can be absolutely beautiful and while they may not always take the best photos they are all gorgeous to us!
Check out #blackcatlove on Twitter to see what amazing pets black cats can make.