National Black Cat Day? Is that a day just to celebrate me…
What, this can’t be true!
It’s Oscar here and I’m in a state of shock today. I’ve just been told that black cats are LESS popular than our multi-coloured friends.
As clearly the most handsome beast I know I find this hard to fathom.
But apparently this is sadly the case – and it’s something us kitties, and our (potential) owners need to address.
Today is National Black Cat Day, a project run by those wonderful humans at the Cat Protection League.
The purpose of National Black Cat Day is to tell people how amazing us dusky furballsare and to encourage more people to adopt unwanted black cats.
The charity aims to raise awareness of the plight of black cats who tend to lose out on homes to more colourful varieties.
Cats Protection say they have around 1,300 black cats in their care, with homes for them far less easy to find than for other felines.
Henry and I were the lucky ones apparently as loads of black cats struggle to find their fur-ever homes – they make up about 23 per cent of all the cats in Cats Protection’s care and each one waits longer to be re-homed than the average cat.
Moggie lover Danielle Draper, who is the big boss at the League’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Sussex, told me: “People seem to be more taken with torties, tabbies and other colours – perhaps due to a perception that variety adds spice.
“Although it’s lovely to see these cats finding their forever homes, it’s sad to see black cats left waiting in the wings.”
Come on people are you blind! Black cats rock.
Even models love what Oscar-puss has got going on…
Celebrity clothes horse Lucy Pinder said: “I was really surprised to hear that black cats take longer to find homes – it’s such a shame.
“Black cats make just as good pets as the more colourful moggies and often have particularly striking and noble looks so I’d recommend adopting a black cat to anyone thinking of getting a cat.”
I’m pretty sure she was talking about me!
> To find out more about National Black Cat Day or to adopt a black cat, please log on to www.cats.org.uk/black-cats or call the charity’s helpline on 03000 12 12 12.