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Black cats hoping to be lucky


Almost half of the cats in our centres are black cats and it can take longer to rehome these cats compared to any other cat. 

Black cat Shadow laying his head on a rug © RSPCA

On average it takes 30 days or more to rehome a black cat, compared to a ginger cat which takes an average of 20 days to rehome. 

Sadly we see more black cats come into our care than any other colour of cat too. From 2014 to 2016 there have been 4,439 black and white cats and 3,302 black cats adopted from our centres.

This is a vast difference compared to only 624 gingers, 798 tortoiseshells, and 1,683 tabby cats.

Black cats can be overlooked

Dr Jane Tyson, our scientific officer for the companion animals department, said:

It's a sad fact that black cats really don’t have much luck because we see more of them coming through our doors than any other colour of cat, possibly because they're much more common.

Ginger and tabbies have the distinctive markings making them look more attractive to some but we would urge people to look beyond what an animal looks like. Their fur colour makes no difference to how much love they have to give.

Black cats won’t bring you good luck or bad luck but they do need forever homes. If you can bring some magic into their lives they're sure to bring some love into yours.

Some of the cats up for adoption 


Black cat Peanut playing hide and seek under a table © RSPCA

  • Two years old and came into our care from a multi-cat household
  • He's very affectionate and loves lots of fuss
  • Currently at our Leybourne Animal Centre in Kent


Black cat Fluffy laying on a cluster of blankets © RSPCA

  • Two years old
  • Wants to live the quiet life with someone who has some time to build up her confidence
  • At our Leybourne Animal Centre in Kent


Black cat Paris reaching up with her paw © RSPCA

  • Three months old
  • Happy and playful and would like to be rehomed with her best friend Andie
  • She's at Southall Cattery in London


Black cat Leah perched on a chair © RSPCA

  • Four years old
  • She's small and dainty but full of lots of energy
  • Currently at the Surrey and Woking branch


Black cat Shadow laying his head on a rug © RSPCA

  • One year old
  • Loves being handled and petted and spending time with people
  • At our Longview Animal Centre in Stalmine

Rehome a cat

To rehome a black cat or any of our rescue cats visit our find a pet page and find your pur-fect match today.

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