Eleven reasons why you should adopt a black cat

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Did you know that black cats find it hardest to get adopted? And did you know why? I’ve been reading a lot recently about people not choosing black cats because they’re – allegedly – harder to photograph for social media. At first, I thought it was a joke, but it turns out that it’s not. So another body image issue to blame Instagram for, along with its perishing algorithm.

Spooky’s story

As some of you may know, we have three cats: Jester, my old white boy, Ginger (no prizes for guessing his colour), and Flora’s black boy, Spooky. Three different colours, three different personalities, all gorgeous in their own ways. I’ve written about how we acquired Ginger before, so today I’m sharing Spooky’s tale.

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Spooky was our replacement cat after Flora’s first cat, Buzz, was sadly run over. He came from our local Cats Protection and when we first saw him he was at the top of the cage, hanging off the wire. His brother and sister were both receptive to strokes but Spooky wouldn’t have any of it. We wanted a feisty boy to cope with Cat Alley at home, so naturally we were determined he was the one for us.

Alarm bells perhaps should have started ringing when we went back to collect him and the foster lady had to use gloves and a towel to catch him. A nice feral little kitten then, my five year old’s ideal pet. Once home, he hissed and hid for about three days. Buried in the shadows, the only way we knew he was still there was evidence of an empty food bowl and full litter tray. Not the most promising start! Eventually of course, we persuaded him to start trusting us and that was the beginning of a lovely relationship.

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Flora’s cat

Spooky knows who he belongs to (I use the term “belongs” loosely, any cat lover knows what I mean). He sleeps on her bed and he’s the most snuggly and affectionate boy. I now understand what a rattling purr is, the first time I heard it I feared for our windows. He’s also the best looking of our three (ssssh, don’t tell Jester). His coat gleams in the sunshine, he’s lost his youthful racing cat silhouette, but he’s very much Bagheera in his prime. And his eyes are just beautiful – a bright glowing green which, I will admit, I’ve failed to capture properly in any of these photographs. Spooky’s a fierce defender of his territory, sadly an accomplished mouser, yet he always but always defers to Jester as senior cat. All this and black too. So, what else is in his favour?

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Reasons why you should adopt a black cat

  1. Black goes with everything – name me a colour or pattern that looks bad with black.
  2. You’ll never need to brush hairs off your work trousers, they’ll simply add extra warmth.
  3. Black is slimming so a great reason for lots of cuddles.
  4. I’ve just mentioned the coolest black cat of all – come on, who doesn’t love Bagheera?
  5. Black cats crossing your path are considered lucky – which may be why many ships cats are black.
  6. You’ll never be short of a Hallowe’en companion.
  7. Their eyes are always so striking when set against black fur.
  8. They come from royalty – check your Egyptian history – and it’s safe to say that Spooky hasn’t forgotten this.
  9. Black cats aren’t hard to photograph if you have patience and some good lighting. Look on it as a chance to hone your photography skills instead of multiple flatlays (!)
  10. True love knows no colour.
  11. You’ll help save a life, or at least give a black cat the chance to experience what so many of his coloured cousins are so freely offered.

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Although I always wanted a black cat, even when I was Flora’s age, the point I really want to make is that colour doesn’t matter when you’re adopting a cat. They don’t care so why should you? If you only want to get a cat to boost your own image then, please, just don’t. No animal deserves to be spurned for its colour, especially based on something as trivial as how they may or may not photograph. Do you think cats care about that? Do you think you would care if the tables were turned?

As you sow so shall you reap, I believe the saying goes. We may not have been working with the most fertile ground to start with but we’ve been amply rewarded with the most beautiful, loyal, fun, and loving little black cat – and we are very lucky.

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When my lovely tabby Oskar was run over and killed, I was soon ready for another cat. My feline obsessed!) friend Helen told me I should look out for a black one, as did a woman I spoke to at Cats Protection. So, when I heard of a litter needing homes, I asked what colour they were – and there were three grey and five black! I went to visit, and found that the grey ones were already spoken for, but none of the black ones were, proving the point! I really could not decide whether I wanted a boy… Read more »

Mary Lane @NewYorkCliche
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Oh my gossssshhhh I knew the age old silly superstition made them less likely to be adopted by now social media mania is working against them too!?? SO SAD! I love black cats! All kitties picture here make my heart melt 🙂 🙂

Abbey Louisa Rose
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Spooky definitely is reminiscent of Bagheera in his prime! It breaks my heart to think of so many black cats remaining in shelters just because they’re not Instagram friendly – how fickle is the world?! I’m so glad that Spooky has come out of his shell and become such a loving companion to Flora, I am sure he makes her so happy by sleeping on her bed and keeping her company! I wouldn’t hesitate to give a black pusscat like Spooky a home!

Sophie
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Aww this is lovely! I can’t believe anyone would reject a perfectly nice animal because it’s the ‘wrong’ colour. I’m more of a dog person but you’ve got some cuties there x

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Ciara
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I’d love a pet if any sorts but cats are the cutest! However, my Mum is allergic to cat hair so no cats for me 🙁
I had no idea that few people want black cats. I think they are cute! It’s such a shame that it’s all over taking photos of them! They are so cute

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elizabeth
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elizabeth

Such beautiful cats. I loved all of your reasons. Black cats get such a bad rap, its so sad.

Elise
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Adopting instead of buying from a breeder is SO important, and black cats truly are beautiful! More people should realise that all cats are beautiful, and black cats need more love X

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Chloe
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Hi, I wanted to adopt a cat as a lot our friends and neighbours have them and we are not at home long enough during the day for a dog. Sadly, they seem to now disagree with me and I have tried a few times to be friends with a cat but my body just seems to say no. I am disappointed to say the least.

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I’m so shocked! I thought that too was going to be a joke when I read they are “harder to photograph for social media” like, what??? Why would that even cross your mind if you are looking for an animal to bring into your home and become part of your family! That’s so sad to hear 🙁 lovely pictures of your cats – they are all gorgeous!

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Sophia Whitham
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Aww that’s so sad that people would not adopt them because they’re harder to photograph!! I’m glad he found a home with you 💕
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Charlotte
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Oh I so agree, we have always adopted our cats and I even fostered for a while too. I also heard black cats are harder to rehome because of the superstition, still not a valid excuse. My cat is adopted and she has half a tail and is still quite timid when it comes to door and brooms (no prizes for guessing how she was treated before) and it’s the best thing I could recommend. It’s amazing that managed to turn the ‘feral’ kitten in to a loving cat though, good on you, that takes a lot of patience!

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Helen
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Ohhh this is such a cute post! I’m really allergic to cats otherwise I’d love to adopt about 20! Gorgeous photos!
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Erika
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I think it’s so sad that black cats are so neglected. They are just as gorgeous as any other.

Sophie
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I LOVE this post, Cats Protection told me this when I adopted my kitty after volunteering there! I couldn’t believe that people could be so superstitious! I fell in love with my cat before I knew and she’s a tortie but I would definitely adopt a black cat!- https://sophiehearts.net x

Melanie
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Aww what a lovely post 😃 I haven’t owned cats for years but am a cat lover at heart. My second cat was from a rescue and had been abused and was very scared and a bit of a bully as a result so the rescue had called him Bruno after the boxer. A little bit of love and affection later and Ringo was the sweetest cat ❤️

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Tracey
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Such a lovely post. I love cats of all colours.
I have had a few black cats in my time, they have always been fabulous company and had the most amazing eyes.
I can’t believe people aren’t adopting them anymore … I’d definitely have another. They are good luck after all x

Jenny
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Black dogs also take longer to be adopted and I have no idea why! The whole social media excuse is quite frankly, pathetic. Spooky is absolutely gorgeous xxx

Ms Via
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All your cats are cute. Spooky is so much like Bagheera you did capture the shiny fur. Yes the age old superstition still prevails which is sad. I am glad you are such a loving person Lisa. The pictures you took are gorgeous. the last one is superb. hehehe. 🙂

Bethany Jane
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I’ve heard that about social media and black cats before and it breaks my heart. Cats are just the cutest, snuggliest companions and the idea of getting one purely for how it’ll look on your instagram feed makes me so sad. I used to have a black cat, he was unbelievably fluffy and was utterly gorgeous. Spooky seems like such a perfect addition to your crowd of felines, and he is so beautiful too!
Beth xxx

Cora @ Tea Party Princess
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Ooh what a cutie.
Black cats are so precious.
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Lydia
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Cats are my favourite animal, as they make me feel safe-plus, my nickname is “Crazy Cat Lady”! But I cannot understand why black cats have trouble being adopted – they are beautiful creatures 😀

Natasha
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I loved this post and I think black cats are gorgeous. My husband and I adopted our ginger monkey last Oct, I actually wanted a black cat but the only one at Cats Protection was already spoken for. But obviously we got our gorgeous little Vinnie anyway, not that we didn’t want to adopt every cat in there. We’d really like to adopt another but we’re not sure how Vinnie would feel about another cat.

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Julia
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Aw this makes me miss my cat so much, yours is beautiful! I used to have a grey tabby cat and honestly after she died, I just couldn’t bring myself to get another cat!

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Lena Dee
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LOL! This is fantastic! I’m so glad I finally got to read this. I’ve always wanted a black cat and a black dog named midnight and onyx respectively. But mother never fancied the idea of pets and her OCD ways 🙁 I think these are great reasons to adopt a black cat…I don’t know why people have bad connotations related to black cats, they’re always so nice to me lol and somewhat drawn to me. Lovely post and I think Spooky is a great name! 🙂 <3

Imogen
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Imogen

My first cat was a black one! Since then I’ve fostered a few black and white ones and I’ve definitely noticed a trend of other coat colours being adopted more quickly. It’s such a strange thing because they’re always so lovely. I always thought it was the ‘unlucky’ myth but tough for social media?! Yikes!

Amy
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Spooky is such a gorgeous boy, love him! And I totally agree it’s disgusting to choose a pet based on how they’ll photograph (yours if Spooky are incredible btw). Off to read Ginger’s story now 😊
Amy xx