Black cats are less likely to be adopted when compared to others but they still need forever homes.
There are various reasons why black cats struggle to be rehomed with many people still associating them with witchcraft and bad luck.
Some would also incorrectly argue that tortoiseshell, tabby and ginger cats have distinctive markings which make them more attractive.
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Now a cat rehoming shelter has said the real reason black cats don’t get rehomed is because people don’t think they look good in selfies and photograph badly.
67-year-old Christine Bayka set up cat rehoming centre The Moggery in Bristol 21 years ago and says the situation is worse than ever.
For the first time all of the shelter’s 40 felines are black but no one wants to adopt them.
It’s worse now because black cats don’t show up in selfies. Now everybody wants to take selfies and put them on Facebook. It’s a very narcissistic use of social media.
It happens all the time, I will go through all the questions and say ‘are you flexible about colour?’ Then they will say, ‘yes, as long as it’s not black.’
It’s an increasing problem, it wasn’t like this 20 years ago.
Over 20 years of having difficulty rehoming black cats, it’s definitely got harder because of selfies.
Christine is right – people should really be adopting a cat because they fall in love with their character and personality, not because they would be great for photos.
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And as all owners of black cats will know, they are gorgeous creatures that look great in photos if you wish to take them.
Take my Holmes for example, a black kitten I adopted last year who is already a handsome boy.
Of course I am biased but you can’t argue with the fact Holmes looks beautiful in this selfie:
Sadly it is a common theme across the country with rescue centres agreeing that black cats are much less likely to be adopted.
Amy Buckle, branch manager at the Last Chance Animal Rescue Centre in New Romney, Kent, currently cares for 12 cats of which five are black.
We always have the most difficulty rehoming black cats.
Even when we have a litter of all black kittens, as soon as you have a fluffy ginger kitten, that’s it – people don’t want to know about the black cats.
I don’t know if it’s because people don’t think they look as pretty in photos – it could well be. It’s a real shame.
People do these days seem caught up in taking photos and putting them on Facebook and Instagram, and they want almost a model animal that they can put across social media.
It does leave the black cats ignored for some reason. It seems people find them boring.
When people come in to meet the cats quite often they will just bypass and walk straight past the black cats to a fluffy, ginger cat. It’s really, really sad.
If you want to find out more about how to rehome a cat, the RSPCA website has plenty of useful information.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.