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post #31 of 52
Yup, black kitties last longest at our shelter. I think it's harder to see their faces (every tried photographing a black cat???), whereas with lighter kitties it's easier to see their pretty faces, and the gorgeous expressions.

If people are looking on Petfinder or places like that, it's easier to fall in love with a kitty whose face you can see.
post #32 of 52
Orange cats are one of the most popular colours here - yet one of hte ones we dont get a lot of!!
post #33 of 52
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
hey, i have a tuxie, a tabby, a black & a calico!
Me too, that is so funny(the black & calico are in heaven)..Interesting thread, I have never thought about it before..Cyclopes is a tux and so was his cell mate and I do recall the lady at the ASPC saying the tux was hard to adopt; I didn't understand what she meant at the time. I thought she meant b/c Cyclopes wouldn't come out of the carrier so I could meet him but his cell mate would and boy she was a ham...I knew someone would want her so I took him!

Minnie is a pale pale beige minus stripes...has a few faint stripes so I guess part of his tabby is missing?? Oh well, my vet labeled him tabby so tabby he is..
post #34 of 52
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I agree the black cat has a long ugly history of being asoated with witches,the devil and pagan or ocult practices, which is just sick and stupid. A black cat is no more 'evil' then any other cat. Personally some of those pagan religions dont seem to me as bad as they are protayed either.
They aren't bad (except satan/devil worship) but the movies and the practice of these by some "bad" people give them all a bad rap. It's sad for the kitties who remain homeless because of people mis-conceptions.

I wouldn't trade Wickett for the world and while he has one of the cutest faces I've ever seen it's nearly impossible to capture all the detail in a picture.
post #35 of 52
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Orange!?!? That is our one "most popular" color!

Admittedly, we have a hard time adopting out any cat over 4 months of age. The 1 year + is impossible to adopt out. People here only want kittens. We have almost no adoptions when kitten season is gone.
I know! Orange used to be one of the most 'popular' colors to be adopted. But last kitten season. BAM. We were over flowing with orange kittens, and nobody wanted them. Said kittens have now turned into very beautiful, teenagers.


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Woo-Hoo!!! Another deaf kitty here! Poor thing...formerly broken jaw.
We have 2 deaf kitties at the rescue. Both are white, both have one blue eye, one green/gold eye.
Some moron was purposely breeding them to get the multi-colored eyes, and became overloaded.
Raine and Diamond are the deaf ones. There is also bambi, who is Raine's sister, and Diamonds mother. Bambi also came with two babies, who were adopted a long time ago. And Raine was pregnant. Had 6 kittens, 4 of which were white, two of them were deaf.
All kittens were adopted out But we still have all the adults.

White cats are very popular colors, everyone wants them. But all these three have litterbox issues, and can't be adopted. Thats why we have the rescue set up as much like we can into a home environment, so they can live out their life there, instead of being euthanized because they pee outside the box.
post #36 of 52
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Woo-Hoo!!! Another deaf kitty here! Poor thing...formerly broken jaw.
Well...we'll see...I haven't heard back from the lady since my offer. I explained to my DH about how the kitty was depressed not only because he lost his friend, but because he lost his ears too. I don't think that his co-worker had ever thought of that part. So we'll see. I don't imagine that 5 cats is that different than 4, and I'm sure Nadette would love him to pieces.
post #37 of 52
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Orange!?!? That is our one "most popular" color!

Admittedly, we have a hard time adopting out any cat over 4 months of age. The 1 year + is impossible to adopt out. People here only want kittens. We have almost no adoptions when kitten season is gone.
That's SO SAD!

Most of our adoptions are young adults, 1-5 years. Followed by kittens 9we won't let them go before 3-4 months anyway, and we only adopt them out in pairs), followed by un/under-socialized young adults, followed by older adults (5-10), followed by special needs, followed by elderly (10+)

Than again, just the nature of our shelter (stray rescue, 60% of which have a special medical or social/behavioral need) and the way adoption department is set up, it really encourages people to adopt adults and attracts those who are interested in an adult.
post #38 of 52
I havent heard that about cats, but I have heard it about dogs

Color just doesnt matter to me I guess.

I was at the shelter the other day and out of all the kittys a woman had adopted the black girl. I thought that was so sweet.
post #39 of 52
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Originally Posted by twstychik View Post
I wouldn't trade Wickett for the world and while he has one of the cutest faces I've ever seen it's nearly impossible to capture all the detail in a picture.
it is really hard to get a good photograph of the black ones... Chip also tends to shut his eyes, so i just get a big black blob
post #40 of 52
I'm one of those people who let the kitties pick me. We knew we didn't want a kitten because we both work and we needed a cat that could entertain themselves for a few hours a day (then we come home and put on a show)

When we went to the rescue, my husband fell in love with Stanley (who wasn't a year old yet, but he was 10 months, so I let it slide a little since he was on the older side of kitten). Then we went into the room where they had the other cats (Stan had just come from foster care and was in a large crate), it was very much set up like a home with couches and kitty trees. We spent an hour plus looking, petting, getting to know all the residents. There must have been 30 cats out and about. There were a lot of black cats and tuxes though.

Turns out the cat that picked me was a 2yr old (we think) brown tiger tabby with dilute torie on her back (and some attitude with that).
She came over and started purring and stuck to me like glue. That was it. I do still think about a lot of the cats I saw that day, but the rescue is no kill and I know they will at least live out their lives in a comfie setting if they don't go to a forever home. My lottery winning dream includes going back to get some of them.
post #41 of 52
I have a tux, 2 black cats, dilute tortie, and a siamese mix.
After first hearing that about the black and tux cats I made a point to pay special attention to them, Bentley the tux he made me have a thing for tux kitties as he was my first very own kitty! And an adult. I always look for who calls out to me but I think these black cat have maybe heard about me!!!!!
I know I've gone into the shelter when I got 3 of cats... in the winter it is almost all black cats.
So what color cats go the fastest? I thought everyone owned a tabby!!!
post #42 of 52
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Orange!?!? That is our one "most popular" color!

Admittedly, we have a hard time adopting out any cat over 4 months of age. The 1 year + is impossible to adopt out. People here only want kittens. We have almost no adoptions when kitten season is gone.
That's why I took in both Freckles and Bickford. Both were 8 when I adopted them and even though they are great cats I knew they would be overlooked in a shelter. Bickford has some swatting issues when he's in a strange environment (even though he's declawed) and that would probably put him on the top of a PTS list.
post #43 of 52
This is all very fascinating reading, but of course with a sad note.

None of my kits are/have been from shelters, they came to me via other routes.

So I'm not bothered about the colour, I love them all and my newbie little Teddy is black, and I just adore him of course most of you know how he came to us and he could have been any colour, orange, tortie, B&W or whatever, I would have still done the same

I do understand how certain cats would get left - bless them all
post #44 of 52
I used to work for the local animal control facility and we'd average 200 cats and kittens in a year. While we worked there we were very low kill, only euthanizing very sick or very aggressive animals. Of the adult cats, we found that torties and tabbies of any color were difficult to find homes for. Calicos and tuxedos were by far the easiest, as were long haired cats of any color. Black cats were always wanted in our area, by people who were known to be involved with black magic... we wouldn't adopt out any black cats to people in our area and anyone else interested had to go through a thorough application process and background checks... and we'd foster the cats from September until November, and refused to adopt any out around Halloween.
post #45 of 52
Walker, where about in Indiana are you... or was that shelter even in Indiana? I never thought of IN an a black magic or pagen state in general.
post #46 of 52
It seems to be the same at the shelter my boyfriend volunteers at, black cats have to wait the longest before they get adopted. One of my boyfriend's favorites, Ziggy, had been there for two years, he was such a sweet cat and he has finally gone to a family last week.

They also have a white cat everyone wants to adopt when they see her, but most people back out after they have spent time with her. She is deaf and meows really loud because she can't hear herself, they finally found her a home with a deaf woman who was very happy with her but her neighbours forced her to return the cat because the noise drove them crazy.
post #47 of 52
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Originally Posted by twstychik View Post
Walker, where about in Indiana are you... or was that shelter even in Indiana? I never thought of IN an a black magic or pagen state in general.
I'm in southeastern Indiana... not far from Cincinnati. The town I lived and worked in at the time was very small and rural... it's got a gaming boat, but that hasn't really attracted many people to move to the area, and black magic has been practiced by certain groups of people in that town for a very long time.
post #48 of 52
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It seems to be the same at the shelter my boyfriend volunteers at, black cats have to wait the longest before they get adopted. One of my boyfriend's favorites, Ziggy, had been there for two years, he was such a sweet cat and he has finally gone to a family last week.

They also have a white cat everyone wants to adopt when they see her, but most people back out after they have spent time with her. She is deaf and meows really loud because she can't hear herself, they finally found her a home with a deaf woman who was very happy with her but her neighbours forced her to return the cat because the noise drove them crazy.
that poor deaf kitty & the owner. That's so sad.
post #49 of 52
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Originally Posted by ladycat View Post
that poor deaf kitty & the owner. That's so sad.

Yeah, it's a sad story. Minoes the cat is living as resident shelter cat now because they think they will never find a normal home for her, she has the run of the outside terrain and the staff areas and she gets load of attention from the volunteers. She seems to do well this way, fortunately.
post #50 of 52
I have always heard black cats have a hard time finding homes too. When I was in college my lab partner's gf worked at a vets office, and they had a cat. I have always loved black cats myself! My favorite one is one that has a lot of hair to for some reason!

One night I was sitting at my apartment and there was a knock on my door, and it was him and his gf with a box. I could tell there was something alive in it, and I figured they had brought me a cat, which I had already told them I did not want one at my apartment. However, they simply told me "we know you like black cats, and he needs a home." He did not have long hair, but as soon as I saw him, I knew he was the cat for me! I named him Bandit, and it fits him perfectly. When I moved back home from college, and back in with my parents, he came with me as well. They also have a black cat, so we then had 2 black cats in the house. Since then, a third black cat has taken up at our house as well. So, we now have 3 black cats at my house! The third one even had long hair. I have a feeling that she was dropped off there, but that was ok. I can never turn away a black cat! They all 3 get along farily well, and all stay inside most of the time. Bandit is still king though, since the other 2 are females. He is a big cat, I think he has siamsese in him to, bc his body is shaped like one, and he is all muscle and very heavy.

I do not know why people do not like black cats. They are very mysterious and cool to me. When I move back out and take Bandit with me, I do not know what I am going to do. I will probably have to get him another gf so he won't be to lonely. I am thinking about one of those 6-toe polydactle black cats this time. What do ya'll think?
post #51 of 52
Our first cat was black, but we only had her for a year (she was sick and in a family way, which is why she was rehomed). Then we had a Siamese, Tao.

Mi-ke is a tortie. I'm in the market for a friend for her at the moment. I'm seeing quite a few black cats on the web, but I'm seeing lots of things, and I suspect that shelters tend to "promote" the hard-to-adopt ones more than the little bundles of kittens that will be snapped up in moments. Well, plus they have more time to get pictures.

Anyway, I'm going to see a woman about a cat (heh) this weekend. He's black, although they say he also has faint tabby markings (we'll see). He's flagged as a "favorite" of several registered people on that site, but he's still there (with his foster). I notice that his sisters are adopted--a black and white and a tabby, both very fluffy. Actually, it's odd because his pictures are also kitten pictures, but he's not fluffy.

I understand why people go for other colors, though. It makes them more interesting to look at, having different colors and patterns. On the other hand, cats are cats are cats, and it shouldn't really matter. Anyway, black goes with everything.

Are special needs cats hard to find homes for? I keep seeing all these FIV+ cats, and I know they need a home just as much as any other cat, but Mi-ke's FIV-, so I can't really help.

My family used to take care of some free-range cats. Only one was ever taken in, and he was black. He lives with my brother.
post #52 of 52
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Danny, I think you should go for a 6-toed cat. My mother had several tux boys who had the six toes. First there was Tommy Twelve Toes, then Timmy Twelve Toes
Rush, I bet you fall in love with the one you see this weekend, stripes or not! I too can see why black cats may not be as distinctive. Also, if you wear a lot of black or dark colors, the hair won't show as much
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