The plight of black cats: National Black Cat Day

27.10.18

In UK folklore, black cats can symbolise good luck, yet sadly, in reality, some are not so lucky.

Our rehoming stats show that black and black and white cats are more frequently seen our their centres than any other colour and they also take longer to find their 'furever' home. 

Black and white cats take the longest time to rehome

Black and white cat resting in a cat bed © Leigh Hyland / RSPCA Australia

Over the last three years (from 2015 to 2017) we have rehomed 3,169 blacks cats and it has taken, on average, 30 days to find them a home

In comparison to tabby cats - 1,613 have been rehomed within an average of 23 days, and ginger cats - 616 have been rehomed within 19 days

The most commonly seen cat in our care is a black and white cat - 4151 have been rehomed over the last three years and they wait an average of 28 days to find their new owner

This could be because they're more common but it does tend to be the ginger and tabbies that have the unusual distinctive markings making them look more attractive to some.

Could you rehome a black cat in our care?

Our cat behaviour and welfare expert, Sam Watson, has said:

We would urge people to look beyond an animal's appearance. Their coat colour makes no difference to how much love they have to give. All cats are individuals with their own quirks and personality, so I recommend people try to look beyond their colour to find the right match for them.

We care for all animals and believe each one deserves a second chance at happiness. If anyone is looking to become a cat owner we would urge them to adopt a rescue cat as there are so many that need loving homes.

We care for all animals and believe each one deserves a second chance at happiness. If anyone is looking to become a cat owner we would urge them to adopt a rescue cat as there are so many that need loving homes - including Victoria who deserves to be in a home of her own playing and learning. We think it's so sad she has been overlooked due to her colour.

Our figures show that as of October 1 there were 1,386 cats in our care. So far this year we have rehomed 3,177 cats. 

To see all of the 869 cats currently available for rehoming please visit our Find a Pet page.

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