Despite being just a lovable as their more colourful brothers and sisters, for years black cats have been neglected, faced suspicion, hostility and even death as a result of silly superstition.
Research from Cats Protection has revealed, on average, it takes 13 percent longer for black cats to find a new home compared to others while, between the years 2007 and 2013, Blue Cross saw a 65 percent rise in the number of black cats they took in annually.
Superstitions regarding black cats vary depending on the culture. While black cats are traditionally considered to be good luck in Britain, historically countries in Europe have considered black cats to be a symbol of evil omens and the familiars of witches.
Who says they don’t photograph well?
In Germany, a black cat crossing your path from left to right is considered to be a bad omen.
The fact that out of more than 1000 cats in its care, 70 percent are black or black and white and that the struggle to rehome them is not helped by superstition: “In UK folklore, black cats symbolise good luck, yet sadly, in reality, they are not so lucky.
“There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from the fact that black cats are harder to tell apart than cats with more distinctive markings and the fact that black animals tend not to photograph as well.”
Today is the annual ‘National Black Cat Day’ – a day designed to promote black cats and bring awareness to those who might be looking to purchase a kitten or rehome a cat.
As part of the day, black cat owners on social media show off their pets, hoping to disprove the superstitions and show black cats make as good a pet as any other cat.
Source: National Black Cat Day