People tend to look at Black Cats and think they’re bad luck – but that’s not the reason people have begun not adopting black cats. 

According to Unilad, people are leaving behind black cats in shelters, and it’s not because of the fact that they are associated with spooky things, witchcraft or bad luck.

No, it’s much worse than that.

People are not adopting black cats because they are “bad at selfies” or “bad to photograph.”


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No, it’s true. A shelter in Bristol in the UK had around 40 cats, all of them black, and nobody wants to adopt them.

The Bristol Moggery Rehoming Centre’s owner Christine Bayka told Unilad the following:

“It’s worse now because black cats don’t show up in selfies. Now everybody wants to take selfies and put them on Facebook. It’s a very narcissistic use of social media. It happens all the time, I will go through all the questions and say ‘are you flexible about colour?’ Then they will say, ‘yes, as long as it’s not black.’ It’s an increasing problem, it wasn’t like this 20 years ago.Over 20 years of having difficulty rehoming black cats, it’s definitely got harder because of selfies.”


They aren’t the only location either. Amy Buckle, branch manager at the Last Chance Animal Rescue Centre in New Romney, Kent told Unilad the same thing.

“We always have the most difficulty rehoming black cats. Even when we have a litter of all black kittens, as soon as you have a fluffy ginger kitten, that’s it – people don’t want to know about the black cats. I don’t know if it’s because people don’t think they look as pretty in photos – it could well be. It’s a real shame. People do these days seem caught up in taking photos and putting them on Facebook and Instagram, and they want almost a model animal that they can put across social media. It does leave the black cats ignored for some reason. It seems people find them boring. When people come in to meet the cats quite often they will just bypass and walk straight past the black cats to a fluffy, ginger cat. It’s really, really sad.”

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Now, I don’t know about you, but black cats are gorgeous animals. Many look like mini-Panthers. The sad thing is that people should be adopting animals because they are enjoying the personality of the animal, not because of the way they look or if they will look good on social media.

But yes, people are that vain.


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