The UK’s leading feline welfare charity currently has around 1,300 black
cats in its care and says that homes are far less easy to find for
black cats than other felines.
“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. They make up about
23 per cent of all the cats in Cats Protection’s care and each one
waits around a week longer to be rehomed than the average cat.”
The National Cats Centre recently conducted a survey with over 1,100 adult cat owners and found a worrying lack of knowledge
about cat behaviour and what it really means. The findings highlight
how owners can struggle to follow signs that their cat is unhappy. More
than a third (38 per cent) didn’t realise a cat with flattened ears
means it is scared and needs somewhere to hide. Also worrying is 49 per
cent of us are unable to identify that a cat licking its lips can be an
indication of stress.