By Ellie-Louise Style
Reports have shown that each year the statistics of people adopting black cats have dropped.
The Cats Protection charity have just released a report stating that black and black and white cats are less likely to get adopted compared to cats that have a bit more colour.
The charity say that this is due to people believing that they are more aggressive and are not as friendly pets compared to tabby and tortoise shell cats.
Not only this but some people won’t adopt them due to superstitions, as it is thought that black cats can sometimes be good or bad luck in different cultures.
Part of the report states that: “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…”
However by following a few simple steps the RSPCA believe they can get more black and black and white cats adopted. Georgina Holding from the RSPCA said: ” Fifty percent of cats in our care are mostly black or black and white, so that’s quite a big percentage. They do take a little bit longer to be re-homed, it could be because they don’t photo that well, because a lot of them don’t.
“When people do sometimes visit us you sometimes hear the odd comment about how they don’t like a black cat or they look a bit evil. But then we do have a lot of people that don’t understand why they are not getting adopted. So we do have a mixture of different views. Sometimes it’s really hard how to promote them, but i think with good photos it helps a lot.”