August 17, Black Cat Appreciation Day, is just one of several days designated to bring awareness to the plight of black cats and I am grateful for all of them. Black cats are often overlooked in shelters and rescues and many more of them are euthenized than other colors.Black cats are often overlooked in shelters and rescues and many more of them are euthenized than other colors. Here's how you can help. Click To Tweet
There are some theories about why this is:
- People think they are unlucky
- They are hard to photograph
- They are not as flashy
- They disappear into the background
The truth is, black cats are awesome. I can’t say with any certainty that it has anything to do with color but, in a group of cats of many colors, it is quite often the black ones who are the most outgoing and affectionate. I’ve only had one black cat in recent times and I can say with certainty that he was very special.
As a foster for many years and now as a pet sitter, I have met many black cats. Here are two of my current favorites.
This is George. He is handsome and smart. I love the way he sits in the kitchen by the treat drawer when he thinks it is time for me to give him some.
A photo posted by Savvy Pet Care (@savvypetcare) on
How You Can Help Black Cats
You can help black cats everywhere by sharing them every day.
- Share this post on social media
- Share all positive posts you see about black cats
- Share your own black cat stories to tell people how awesome they are
- Find creative ways to help shelters and rescues promote their black kitties
- Adopt a black cat!
Remember, though, the only way to really solve the pet over-population problem is to promote spay/neuter!
I have two Black Cats. So Different. One Short hair, the other Very Long hair. Also have Five Tabbys
All Different colors. Love Them all the Same. All came From Local Shelters.
Black cats are gorgeous! I’m fine with playing with a black cat more than another cat.
Thanks for featuring black cats. My friend just adopted a black kitten, not a single non-black fur on his body, and he’s the cutest little thing.
I generally can’t associate with cats, but for black cats, I have a more secured feeling. I don’t know why, but I’m fine with playing with a black cat more than another cat.
Black cats are my absolute favorite cats! They look gorgeous in every breed! <3
We love black cats!
Athena and Marie
Black cats are pawsome! It is sad that they are so overlooked. I think that their color is gorgeous. I think as camera phones improve, the view of them as being hard to photograph will change. It is a matter of good lighting and contrast. You have had some beautiful black cats in your care! 🙂
We agree that black cats are awesome! We have 2 right now (if you count Sampson, our mostly-black tuxedo), and my first cat as a child was a black cat. It’s too bad people believe silly things like they are bad luck. I can say that I do have a hard time photographing Kylo Ren – he turns out as big black blob pretty frequently – but that is the most ridiculous reason to not adopt a cat!!! Sharing…
Very cute kitties. I love black cats, I have 3.