Black cats are the hardest to rehome and this is the case in the UK and America alike. Through no fault of their own, black cats are overlooked time and time again, as most people tend to choose 'prettier' coloured cats. Even black kittens are left until last for adoption, while their more colourful siblings are chosen first.
The outlook for a black, adult cat in rescue is therefore very bleak and some spend many months in rescue...sometimes even years...waiting for someone to see past their colour.
Is it because of Superstition?
It all depends on how we think, and even where we live!
Superstitions in different cultures and countries vary as to whether black cats are considered good luck or bad. The old idea of black cats being 'witches cats' may still influence some people. However, in Britain, Scotland and Japan, a black cat crossing your path..or even if you dream of a black cat..is said to bring you good luck. A black cat's presence has been credited with bringing about show-stopping performances in Theatres and in Scotland finding back kittens sitting in your porch is a sign of riches and happiness to come!
Is it because of Colour?
There are a few suggestions for this. Perhaps this is due to a difficulty to connect with a black cat in a rescue centre...who may blend into the shadows. It may be because black cats don't always show up as well in photographs on web pages. Also, as most rescues are so full these days, there are inevitably a wide range of colours which people are more drawn to - whilst the black cats can seem to fade into the background and are just passed by.
The Cats Protection League says:
"Look beyond the coat - black cats have all the charm and charisma of their more colourful cousins. Not to mention their sleek glossy dark coats which complement their bright shining eyes. They are stunning, regal looking animals; each one an individual. Black cats are just as wonderful as any other, with exactly the same needs - love and care, in a home of their own"
If you'd like to learn more about the Cats Protection League and the cats they help, you can visit the website by follwing the link at the top of this article.