The other day I received a press release from Cats Protection containing statistics of cats taken in by their four largest adoption centres. Black and white cats topped the list with 1355, closely followed by Tabbies with 1201 and black cats with 841.
The reason for this is simple: black, black-and-white and tabby cats are more common in Britain than other colours. The sad fact though is that black cats and black-and-white cats are much harder to find homes for, because prospective owners choose by colour and prefer more unusual colours.
I find this really sad. My beloved cat Freddy was a beautiful black-and-white petite female cat and very affectionate. She came from a litter of black-and-white and black cats. But being a charming little critter she really chose my mum and me. I always found black cats very pretty because every black cat looks so different – it’s their eyes. And I adore black-and-white cats.
I guess you will ask: so why do you have a white and tabby cat and didn’t adopt another black-and-white? The simple answer is that Bobby chose us really. Nobody was interested in her because of her age (still a kitten but older than the usual adoption age of nine weeks) and her bad state of health I also thought it would be good not to go for the same type of cat because you subconsciously expect the cat to be similar to its predecessor. Colour really wasn’t an issue when we adopted Bobby – in fact she was very skinny, had ear mites and an eye infection – so not pretty at first sight.
I urge prospective cat owners not to go by colour or other physical attributes but follow your heart and let the cat choose you – you won’t regret it.
Bobby has blossomed into a beautiful cat, full of charm, affection and she even has a sense of humour. And she knew instinctively that we would give her a loving home.