Monday, 26 October 2015

Bigging up black cats

Cats Protection’s annual celebration of black and black-and-white cats is back on Tuesday 27 October 2015 to encourage the adoption of monochrome moggies.

Black cats in CP care are often overlooked by potential adopters and take on average a week longer to find a new home than their more colourful counterparts.

Our recent research shows that the myth that black cats are unlucky seems to be taking hold with the younger generation who perhaps are being influenced by American attitudes. A notable 12 per cent of those surveyed aged 18 to 24 stated that they think black cats are unlucky, while only two per cent of those aged over 55 agreed with this view.

Gemma Smith, Social Media Manager at Cats Protection says: “Black and black-and-white cats are just as deserving of a loving home as any other colour so we’d urge people to give them a chance and not just walk past their pen in an adoption centre. They’re just as funny, sweet and wonderful as any other cat.”

To celebrate we ran a Black Cat Champion competition on our national social media accounts which invited our supporters to share their black cat photos and stories. The competition is now closed but the winner will be announced tomorrow on Black Cat Day!

Here’s how you can support our campaign:

Black Cat Day Champion 2014
Photo by More Than Paws

Pictured above is Bobby, the beautiful Black Cat Day Champion of 2014, who sadly passed away due to suspected poisoning earlier this year. Bobby won the hearts of our supporters, with his competition entry receiving nearly 1,000 Facebook likes.


  1. Suspected poisoning.. How very sad. Cant CP lobby the Government to get Bitrex addition to antifreeze mandatory ?

    1. Earlier this year we launched our Manifesto for Cats calling on Government to put in place measures to protect cats from abandonment, harm and neglect. One of our 10 priorities is regarding the labelling of products toxic to cats and recommending that Government encourages manufacturers of toxic products (eg antifreeze) to develop non-toxic alternatives. Read more in our Manifesto for Cats:

  2. Surely labelling something as toxic to cats is going to encourage the cruel people who deliberately poison them? Anyway, glad you are doing something about it. And good luck getting those beautiful black cats adopted (I used to foster cats and most of them were black).