Is it really true that cats with all-black fur have a harder time getting adopted than lighter-colored cats? Seems hard to believe, but the statistics show that blacks cats do have it rough when it comes to finding their forever homes. Sadly, black cats have lower adoption rates and higher euthanasia rates than cats with lighter-colored coats, or black fur mixed with other colors like white. Why is this?
Do old-fashioned superstitions about black cats have anything to do with this phenomenon?
Possibly, but animal welfare experts suspect that there are other factors that go into low adoption rates. According to the website Kindness for Cats, there may be other reasons. A shy black cat who hides in the back of her kennel may be harder to see and can get overlooked by potential adopters.
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Black cats sometimes do not photograph as well as lighter-colored cats…an important factor, given the popularity of browsing for pets on the web.
Sadly, some rescue groups will choose lighter-colored cats when looking for animals to take out of shelters, because they know black cats can be harder to place.
Are you thinking about adopting a new cat or kitten? Make sure to spend time with all the available cats at your local shelter and choose the cat with the personality that most appeals to you…regardless of fur color.
Everyone knows that all cats are beautiful…on the inside and the outside!
- AH Printing