In UK folklore, black cats can symbolise good luck, yet sadly in reality some are not so lucky.
RSPCA rehoming stats show that black and black and white cats are more frequently seen in their centres than any other colour and they also take longer to find their ‘furever’ home.
Over the last three years (from 2015 to 2017) the RSPCA – across England and Wales – has rehomed 3,169 black cats and it has taken on average 30 days to find them a home. This compares with tabby cats – 1,613 have been rehomed within an average of 23 days, and ginger cats – 616 have been rehomed within 19 days.
The most commonly seen cat at the RSPCA is a black and white cat – 4,151 have been rehomed over the last three years and they wait an average of 28 days to find their new owner. This could be because they are more common but also that ginger and tabby cats are seen as more unusual or different making them look more attractive to some.
Sadly, most of the cats that come into RSPCA centres have been rescued by our inspectors from neglect or from suffering bad treatment by their previous owners. In 2017, there were 1,930 cats rescued by the inspectorate in Wales.
RSPCA cat behaviour and welfare expert Sam Watson said: “We would urge people to look beyond an animal’s appearance. Their coat colour makes no difference to how much love they have to give. All cats are individuals with their own quirks and personality, so I recommend people try to look beyond their colour to find the right match for them.
“At the RSPCA we care for all animals and believe each one deserves a second chance at happiness. If anyone is looking to become a cat owner we would urge them to adopt a rescue cat as there are so many that need loving homes.”
Across RSPCA centres throughout Wales there are many purr-fect cats looking for their forever homes.
At RSPCA Newport Adoption Centre, which is based at the Pets at Home at Mendalgief Retail Park, two handsome cats – Larry and Luke are looking for a home as a pair. They are two brothers and came into the care of the RSPCA after being removed from a household with a large number of cats.
Rehoming coordinator Sarah Jane Sibley said: “When Luke and Larry were first transferred into our RSPCA Newport Adoption Centre, they were both very shy, nervous and fearful of people. However, after being moved into foster care and then brought back into our pods week later we noticed a considerable amount of change in both.
“At four years old both still have not lost their kitten instincts with play time. Luke now talks to us each time we enter the pod and allows us to make a little fuss of him, Larry loves play and food just as much as Luke, but will only tolerate a small fuss.
“We really hope they find the perfect owner soon – they have been waiting for far too long.”
At RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre in Upper Colwyn Bay, they are desperately looking for a home for Teddy Bear – a black and white domestic shorthair crossbreed who is around six years old. He has been waiting patiently to be rehomed for some time, watching other cats find their new homes every day – but still no one has come for him. He can have a shy exterior but once he has got to know you he is so loving and has a wonderful personality.
Most recent figures show that, as of the end of June, the RSPCA has 1,224 cats in its care. Not all of these cats will be ready or available for rehoming as they may be part of cases or undergoing medical treatment. This is an increase of 15 per cent compared with the same time last year.
To see all of the cats currently available for rehoming across RSPCA centres in Wales please see the website.