Friday, 27 October 2017

National Black Cat Day: Celebrating our black cat heroes

Today is a day for celebrating unseen heroes. Those faithful friends who make our lives that little bit better, but too often go unrecognised.

We’re talking, of course, about black cats.

Loyal, loving and truly heroic, these supercats take a tragic 13% longer to rehome than their colourful counterparts. That’s why every year on 27 November, we put black cats in the spotlight and remind the world why these dark-furred defenders deserve a loving home.

What is National Black Cat Day?

Perhaps potential cat owners are swayed by outdated and untrue superstitions. Or maybe they simply notice colourful cats sooner when visiting a shelter. Either way, black cats often spend a long time waiting for their perfect human sidekicks.

We believe in better for our black cat heroes. That’s why we’re here to debunk myths and raise awareness about these elegant, affectionate creatures.

What makes black cats heroic?

While legends about black cats being unlucky are categorically untrue, we can confirm that these creatures are pretty super-powered. From their powerful feline physiques to their unique place in myths and legends, these creatures are worthy of recognition.

Here are just a few reasons why all black cats are heroes.
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How can I help?

If you’ve fallen in love with our black cat heroes, and want to welcome one into your home, you can search for the perfect feline friend with our find-a-cat function. Search by location and lifestyle, and make a world of difference to a beautiful black cat today.

Grab a gift for a good cause at our Cats Protection Black Cat shop. From homeware to accessories, we’ve got black cat accoutrements for the whole family - the perfect way to help make our black cat heroes more visible.

Text KITTEN66 to 70660 to donate to our heroic team of Cats Protection volunteers, who help over 200,000 black cats and kittens a year around the UK. Your donation will help find loving homes for cats of every colour.

And of course, if you’re the proud sidekick of a black cat hero, today is the day to let them know just how much you appreciate them. Whether it’s extra cuddles on the couch, a new toy to play with together, or something special for supper, let us know how you celebrate with your black cat on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


  1. I owned two beautiful long haired black cats sisters - Jade and Jazz.
    Adopted from the RSPCA, the were the light of my life for 14/13years they had ot be put to sleep in 2014 and 2015 due to illness at the ages of 17 and 16 respectively

  2. I love my black cat. We rescued her and her sister (who's a chocolate sealpoint) from Wood Green rescue centre. She is very much loved. We call her Minnie the Minx as she is a Minx but adorable.

  3. Loving all the black kitties in the world you are all striking vikings much love Amandajane Hellier

  4. Love my black cats Elvis Izzy. Feel really special that they love me. I think black cats are lucky!!

  5. Black cats are considered lucky in Yorkshire ��

  6. I love my black cat, with green beautiful eyes, my Meggie-Mae. She was 12 months old when she caught my eye, 13yrs ago from a Cats Protection shelter. She has watched over me when I've been sick and comforted me and she sometimes likes to cuddle under the sheets - she purrs and so do I. She is my lucky and magical Meggie-Mae. I hope we're
    together for many years to come. She is a house-cat so there's a good possibility of it. My message for anyone choosing a cat, go on pick a black cat, they are special and I believe lucky. Every day I look into her beautiful green eyes and stroke her glossy soft fur, it feels like Velvet, Satin and Silk.

  7. I love black cats as well as cats of all colours.

  8. Black cats are so beautiful. I had a black cat named Oliver in the early 2000s and he was so adorable. I will never forget the day when I picked him up from the shelter: there were SO many black cats there...seems like a lot of people dont want to adopt black cats because they are affraid of bad luck?? Very stupid...Every year I am donating to the shelter in hopes they can make these poor souls feel better. I am also only buying cat accessories from organisations that also donate to shelter or cat organizations. I bought some cat themed jewelry from because they once did a non-profit offer for a whole week where they passed all the money to a cat organization. Seems like they stopped it though...Anyway, thank you for spreading awareness and writing this article, very beautiful and nice. Warm regards from London, Aruna.