October is officially designated as Black Cat Awareness month. The month is meant to promote adoption of black cats who, sadly, have lower adoption rates than different colored cats.
The reason behind the low black cat adoption rate is usually said to be superstition and the idea that these felines can bring about bad luck. Of course, that’s blatantly nonsense.
Let’s spotlight six great reasons why you should adopt black cats in honor of Black Cat Awareness Month!
1. Black Cat Shedding Is Less Noticeable
If you live with a cat, it’s a given that you’re going to head out of the house and suddenly notice that there’s cat hair all over your clothes.
This is exceptionally apparent with white and light-colored cats, but a black cat’s fur is way less visible on your clothes.
Consider the black cat a dapper and practical feline.
2. You Can Keep A Black Cat Safe Around Halloween
If you’re all about celebrating the Halloween season, you’ll definitely look more festive with at least one black cat prowling around your lair.
Of course, these kitties also face many dangers during the Halloween season. Some people adopt black cats as living Halloween decorations and return them after the holidays. Many shelters limit adoption during October for this reason.
Other people steal black cats this time of year. Still others might harm black cats during pranks or Halloween rituals.
If you give a black cat a home, you can keep them safe at Halloween and have a reminder of your favorite holiday living with you all year long!
3. Black Cats Are Not Bad Luck
Depending on where you live in the world, black cats are often seen as good luck symbols.
Both Irish and Japanese cultures have anointed the black cat as a feline who brings about good fortune.
Any black cat owner can tell you their kitty has brought them plenty of love and happiness, and that sounds like good luck to me!
4. There Are Awesome Pop Culture Black Cats
When it comes to felines in pop culture, black cats rule.
Three top notch black felines representing the cause are the iconic Felix the Cat (pictured), Snowball II from The Simpsons, and Jiji from the acclaimed anime Kiki’s Delivery Service. The list goes on and on!
5. Black Cats Photograph Great!
It’s dispiriting, but there have been genuine cases of people passing over black cats at the shelter because they’re apparently harder to take selfies with.
But that can be easily remedied with some simple steps to ensure your feline photography doesn’t suck. Once you know how to photograph a black cat, you’ll soon be wooing friends and followers with their dramatic and striking looks.
6. Black Cats Are Always Available
It’s upsetting that black cats have lower adoption rates than cats of other colors, but that also means when you check out your local shelter, you’re guaranteed to be met with a fine clowder of black kitties all waiting to be scooped up and taken home.
What’s stopping you? Call your local shelter and adopt a black cat. If the shelter limits adoptions for the animals’ safety in the month of October, just wait a few weeks and scoop them up after!
Are you all about black cats? Will you help get the word out during Black Cat Awareness Month? Tell us about it in the comments section below!