Did you know that black cats get adopted half as much as any other cat? Having a black cat, who is just the sweetest (and, admittedly, a bit cray-cray) myself, this particular fact really hits close to home. Are they not pretty enough, are they really that scary, is it that unlucky superstition or are they truly that evil? All the answers to those questions are most definitely "hell, no!", and so I thought I'd put a spotlight on those gorgeous mini-panthers by summing up a couple of fun facts about them, all of them reason enough to not walk past them when you make the awesome decision to adopt. They're all true, I promise, I've got proof running around the apartment at this very moment.
ALWAYS A LA MODE
What's the one thing nearly everyone has an abundance of in their wardrobe? That's right. Black clothing. From LBD to black pants that combine with just about anything. In fact, I for one, just go all black when I don't know what to wear because I know it always works. In that same way, a black cat's coat will never ever go out of style, people. AND it's slimming! Let's just assume that'll only perfect any future selfie we ever take.
Well, that's a bit of a lie but I'm just trying to make a point here, clickbait style. What I actually mean to say is that you hardly notice when they're dirty because it's camouflaged. Therefore, black cats will always look shiny and squeaky clean, hence impressing anyone that comes to visit. They look regal all of the time, they just do.
THEY'VE GOT THE LOOK
With the right lighting, black cats are natural models. In fact, put a picture of them in black and white and you've got instant art. Their black coats also make them stand out in just about any setting and will never clash with any background or any interior style. So, yes, you could call that multi-talented and it's definitely rubbed off on my (blog) photography skills.
Like I said, a black cat will sometimes make you feel like you have a miniature panther in the house. Or Toothless the dragon, sometimes or from some angles. Honestly, who wouldn't want that? Cute! Not to mention their famous counterparts like Binx from Hocus Pocus and the hilarious Salem. Your black devil can channel them all!
A PERFECT HALLOWEEN PARTNER
Come on, they're hardly spooky when they're snoozing so very cutely, are they? But, hey, sometimes you can just embrace their so-called spookiness, especially around Halloween time. Think of those awesome witches with their black companions and feel like a badass yourself. Or are you dressing up for Halloween? A black cat by your side will only make you look cooler.
I mean, sometimes they just look like fuzzballs with eyes, don't they? Yellow, green or any other colour, their eyes always stand out so magnificently against their fur.
GOOD LUCK CHARMS - NO, SERIOUSLY.
Screw that unlucky superstition, it's SO out-dated. For example, in Japan a single lady who has (a) black cat(s) is believed to attract more suitors (I have yet to find proof of that, but hey, I'll take it). Or in the English Midlands, a black cat is often considered good luck on a bride's wedding day. And in Belgium? Well, my life has certainly improved ever since I adopted Strummer and his sister. He is a genius when it comes to surprise hugs and funny moments, and gives the best nose bumps. So there.
TOP OF THE CLASS
Want to talk science? Well, it's actually often believed that black cats are the result of an evolution to enhance all cats' survival chances. Their black fur makes it easier to hunt and hide, so in a way, when you have a black cat, you're very likely to be in the presence of the absolute top-notch among cats.
YOU'RE THEIR HERO
Lastly, let's not forget that you're saving a life here. I would totally understand it should some of you think I'm exaggerating a bit, as you are basically a hero the minute you adopt any stray, orphan or unwanted/planned kitten or cat instead of buying one. But when stories like an animal shelter obligating every adoptive 'parent' to take a black kitten as well as your favourite spotted fluffball, ginger, tabby, etc. from the litter (which I think is a brilliant idea actually, since I'm all for giving your cat a playmate, to begin with), you KNOW that it's still a real issue. Now, I'm aware that Strummer came into my life quite coincidental (although I'd already imagined the name very befitting of a black kitten), but if his sister and he hadn't, I would've stuck to the original plan, gone to a shelter and adopted whichever two I thought needed it most. Which would probably have resulted in me adopting four or more cats in the end. For reals. And that's really why I wanted to write this post in the first place; to urge you to think of the many kittens brought to the shelter every year, waiting for their person. To give the 'unpopular' kittens a chance. To let yourself fall in love with a senior cat. To adopt, don't shop.
Q: Do you have any black cat stories to share for Black Cat Awareness Month? (yup, that's a thing and I love it)
Q2: Or did you adopt or do you plan to adopt a shelter kitty? Be sure to tell me all about it/him/her in the comment section!