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Adopt a Lucky Black Cat!

"When I found out that black cats find it hardest to get adopted I couldn't believe my whiskers (which, incidentally, are black too). Black cats are the BEST - everyone should have a black cat!

Black cats are sleek, chic and dressed to impress. Of course, our smart black coats are just an added bonus, it's the cat inside that really counts. So next time you go to adopt a cat, ask about the cat inside the black coat, you could be missing out on a right little gem… like me!"

Yogi Cat of Cat Chat Towers
(all black, except for three, lone, white hairs... dunno how they got there!)
cat chat's yogi cat

Did you know, Black Cats are the Least Likely to be Adopted?

Rescue centres around the country will all confirm: BLACK CATS are the HARDEST COLOUR to HOME!
This is true for the UK and America alike. Through no fault of their own, black cats are overlooked time and time again, as most people tend to choose 'prettier' coloured cats. Even black kittens are left until last for adoption, while their more colourful siblings are chosen first. The outlook for a black, adult cat in rescue is therefore very bleak. Some spend many months in rescue, sometimes even years, waiting for someone to see past their colour...

yogi  black cat sittingIs it because of Superstition?
It all depends on how we think, and even where we live! Superstitions in different cultures and countries vary as to whether black cats are considered good luck or bad. The old idea of black cats being 'witches cats' may still influence some people. However, in Britain, Scotland and Japan, a black cat crossing your path, or even if you dream of a black cat, is said to bring you good luck. A black cat’s presence has been credited with bringing about show-stopping performances in theatres. And, in Scotland, finding black kittens sitting in your porch is a sign of riches, and happiness to come!

Is it because of Colour?
There are a few suggestions for this, such as it's difficult to connect with a black cat in a rescue centre, who may blend into the shadows, or because black cats don't always show up as well in photographs on web pages (!). Also, as most rescues are so full these days, there are inevitably a wide range of colours which people are more drawn to - whilst the black cats can seem to fade into the background, and are just passed by.

Could you look BEYOND the COAT..?
Look beyond the coat, and black cats have all the charm, and charisma of their more colourful cousins. Not to mention their sleek glossy dark coats which complement their bright shining eyes. They are stunning, regal looking animals; each one an individual. Black cats are just as wonderful as any other, with exactly the same needs - love and care, in a home of their own. If you enjoy the company of cats whatever their colour, please consider adopting a black cat.

One thing is certain, those who have looked 'beyond the coat' and adopted a black cat, consider themselves extremely lucky indeed!

For a Black, Adult cat in rescue, the Outlook is Bleak...
Could you look Beyond the Coat..?

Could YOU give a BLACK CAT their LUCKY break..?

Ready to Rescue?
There are thousands of beautiful black cats of all ages, waiting patiently in rescue centres around the UK for the gift of a loving home. Contact your local rescue centre, to find out which lucky black cats, or kittens, might be waiting for you!

UK Rescue Centres: Find your nearest rescue Centres and Rehoming Groups here: »» UK Cat Rescue Shelters
Overlooked Cats: Black Cats often feature on our 'Overlooked' Cats Seeking Homes section.

rescued black cats
Some of the lucky black cats who have featured on the Cat Chat pages

Our Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Black Cat:

  1. Black cats are the least likely to be adopted
  2. Black cats look sleek and sophisticated
  3. Holding a black cat is very slimming!
  4. Black cats will match any decor
  5. A lint brush isn't required for a black-tie affair
  6. When you love a black cat, luck is on your side
  7. Black cats are like onyx, a beautiful gem
  8. They don't care what colour YOUR hair is!
  9. Love knows no colour
  10. Adopting a black cat may be lucky for you... and it's definitely lucky for them!
Famous Black Cat Owners
If you like black cats, you share some very famous company:

Fred Astaire
Winston Churchill
Calvin Coolidge
Ernest Hemingway
Brian Eno
Queen Victoria
Charles I
Tom Cox
Edgar Allan Poe

"A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere" - Groucho Marx

rescued black cats
Some of the lucky black cats who have featured on the Cat Chat pages

Adopting a Black Cat may be lucky for you... and it's definitely lucky for them!
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Grateful thanks to the following centres for photographs, information and inspiration for this page:
All Animal Rescue, Southampton • Grendon Cat Shelter, Warwickshire • Mayhew Animal Home, London • Montgomery County Humane Society, Rockville, MD, USA • Whiteknights Animal Rescue, Reading.
UK Animal Rescue

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