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post #61 of 111
As many others have said, black cats just don't stand out and the same goes for black dogs in shelters.

I've always had black cats, when I was young I had a solid black Persian. When I was in high school I adopted a solid black DSH from a shelter. DH and I adopted a solid black kitten, Gus, after our tabby passed away. Gus was from a litter of 9 kittens - 8 solid black, 1 tabby. We didn't intend on taking a kitten home with us that day, but while we were visiting the shelter the tabby was being adopted. We heard them tell her that the litter was being "removed" that afternoon... So, one feisty little black kitten came home with us, too.
post #62 of 111
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Originally Posted by -_aj_- View Post
my sooty

how could you not fall in love with this





with his big sis





some of my friends are scared of him because he is all black, but hes more scared of them than them of him

SOOTY IS GEORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #63 of 111
This sweet girl, along with a couple of other black cats, was put to sleep a while back at our shelter because we were full and had way too many black cats.

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...highlight=leah
post #64 of 111
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
This sweet girl, along with a couple of other black cats, was put to sleep a while back at our shelter because we were full and had way too many black cats.

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...highlight=leah
That is heartbreaking.
Leah
post #65 of 111
Our newest black one
Hayden
post #66 of 111
well I dont see why not adopt a black or tuxedo kittie ,I had a few black kitties they both lived til they were 26 so I dont know dont think its a look thing, just finding the wrong people, I love all color cats dont matter to me ,it could be pick with purple poke a dots and I would adopt it , but have seen many homeless or used to be homeless white and tiger and grey and gee all kinds it never seemed to matter what color they were, I am in Michigan where are you? is it a girl or boy?




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Originally Posted by MTBee View Post
Reading white cat lovers post about her black cats that are not being adopted and her tuxedos too... makes me sad that no one adopts them~!

But why not? Is it a look thing?

Has anyone ever noticed that you never = or rarely see a homeless Tiger cat? Or white cat..

Besides my tiger my house consists of Black and Whites, the barn has B&W and Grey and White and a black one.

Just wondering why no one wants a nice little black kitty ....
post #67 of 111
I personally love black and black and white kitties/ their fur glistens in the sunlight. And I wear a lot of black too.
post #68 of 111
I have an evil black kitty named Munch. He's a total a**. Not kidding either. He's a huge bully. Fights everyone. Beats the other kits out of the food bowl. He thinks King snit of terd island. lmao

I know these pics aren't great but here's 2 of my fosters.

That is Bat in the background and the blurr is her brother, Piggy.


And here is Piggy with Bat behind him.
post #69 of 111
Personally, I love black cats. I've had 3 black cats in my life, and they have all been the most wonderful, amazing cats. Black cats are just so hard to get photos of, you can't see the contours of their face as well, so they don't look as "cute".

Compare this photo:



to this photo of some siblings I was fostering



You're going to be more attracted to the tabby because you can see her face better.

And this is a typical photo of my girl Smudge:



She has bad eyes, so she's usually just a black blob She's the sweetest cat, but part of the reason we adopted her after fostering her was because I knew being black and having eye problems would unfortunately overcome her wonderful personality and we couldn't bear her sitting at the shelter for months waiting for a home when we were head over heels in love with her.

We have no problems with black and white kitties at our shelter. We don't get them often, so they go fast. Orange cats go fast too. Anything siamese will go fairly fast, tabbies aren't too bad, especially classic tabbies. Torties can sit there a while, depending on their personality, but calico's go fairly fast. We currently have a litter of three 5 month old orange and white boys who will go fast purely because of their colour.
post #70 of 111
I never realised certain colours / patterns were harder to rehome than others until I read this thread. Neither of my cats are black but before I got cats of my own I looked after a friend's two kitties for about 6 months while she was training for a new job & moving to a new city. One was completely black and she was beautiful, intelligent and mischevious. She definately brought out the 'cat lover' in me, I adored her so I wouldn't hesitate to pick a black cat if I was to get another one.
Colour wasn't a factor when I got either of mine. They were both from 'free to good homes' litters of unwanted kittens. When I got my first cat (Ripley) I had said that I'd prefer a female kitten (as all my previous experience was with queens) and I was given a beautiful red tabby. When I agreed to take a kitten from my friend's cat's litter I got Newt who has tabby marking and very dilute tortoiseshell colouring as her red tabby brothers got picked first and she was left (still think I got the best one though!)
All your black kitties are gorgeous btw!
post #71 of 111
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
Personally, I love black cats. I've had 3 black cats in my life, and they have all been the most wonderful, amazing cats. Black cats are just so hard to get photos of, you can't see the contours of their face as well, so they don't look as "cute".

Compare this photo:



to this photo of some siblings I was fostering



You're going to be more attracted to the tabby because you can see her face better.

And this is a typical photo of my girl Smudge:



She has bad eyes, so she's usually just a black blob She's the sweetest cat, but part of the reason we adopted her after fostering her was because I knew being black and having eye problems would unfortunately overcome her wonderful personality and we couldn't bear her sitting at the shelter for months waiting for a home when we were head over heels in love with her.

We have no problems with black and white kitties at our shelter. We don't get them often, so they go fast. Orange cats go fast too. Anything siamese will go fairly fast, tabbies aren't too bad, especially classic tabbies. Torties can sit there a while, depending on their personality, but calico's go fairly fast. We currently have a litter of three 5 month old orange and white boys who will go fast purely because of their colour.
Very well said - I completely agree. When we were fostering the kittens we found, it was sooo hard getting good photos of the black kitten - but we were falling in love too. Our kitty Batman is so awesome. I'm glad no one wanted him so we could adopt him ourselves
post #72 of 111
My black beauty Isis ( ck. my siggy) is one of the sweetest kitties I have ever known.
If she had not been pointed out to me at the shelter, I would have passed her by because I could hardly see her in her cage.
Dexter and I have been blessed by her presence in our lives.
Black kitties deserve love too.
post #73 of 111
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
This sweet girl, along with a couple of other black cats, was put to sleep a while back at our shelter because we were full and had way too many black cats.

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...highlight=leah
That completly breaks my heart. Her life just begun too. RIP Black Kitty
post #74 of 111
I personally love black cats. They are my absolute favorite.I have a cat I just rescued from the pound yesterday who is mostly black with a little white, tid bit of orange so she is classified as a tortoiseshell. I also have a black pup. I personally always been found of black animals. I dont understand how anyone can be so superficial.
post #75 of 111
Silly, isn't it? I guess folks are superstitious.

I ADORE black cats. I had 3, until Willi died this year. I love 'em--don't know why--maybe because they are so sleek (although Loki, a.k.a., Jabba The Butt, The Amazing Expando Cat, Expandor, and Blobster) certainly can't be called "sleek" or "svelte" by anybody's standards! I also once had a black Lab.

Maybe they don't like their faces? It's hard to discern the typical feline features on black cats; maybe that's why people don't care for them?
post #76 of 111
I think it's just because they're plain looking. You have a pretty calico next to a solid black kitty and most people go for the pretty looking calico.

I have a TONNNNN of black and b&w kitties hanging out. I don't know where they all came from but I'm feeding at least 4 new ones that just appeared over the weekend.
post #77 of 111
I LOVE B&W kitties!!!!

I fell in love with them when I first met my sisters all black kitten. It was love at first sight he is sooo pretty and sweet so I told my sister that I wanted a black cat when I finally got my own place.

When I got my apartment a month later she called me and said we have a black cat but he is a tux which means he has some white. I agreed to see him...and fell in LOVE!!!! Moo is literally the NICEST cat and everyone at the Vet just loves it when I bring him in and my friends want to either steal him or have offered to cat sit when I'm away.

My other cat is white with a black head and tail....my mom said she is really cute but weird looking for a cat. I just stuck my tongue out at her and said I didn't care because she is cute.
post #78 of 111
I have two rescued stray black cats, 1 calico (rescue), 1 grey and white (who is now at the RB - also a rescue), and we're helping a neighbor with a stray b&w tuxedo.
post #79 of 111
Do to a messy break-up I had to leave my baby, Emily with my ex ( this was agreed upon when we rescued her but ouch!) but she was a DARLING. (A little psycho but if you were as smart as her and as bored as her you'd be nuts too - we tried everything but just couldn't afford to buy 50 dif toys to keep her happy so I did my best to keep her entertained by rotating toys and regular playtimes.)

My point tho: My ex and I rescued her from the Burbank shelter in LA. She is ALL black with beautiful green and gold eyes, an amazingly sleek coat and the most adorable expressions. She usually photographed well if it was day time and a little light was coming in from outside too. My FAVORITE look for kitties is the B&W or tuxedo. My very first kitten was a tux and he was the sweetest cat I've ever had. Though our very first pet cat was a stray someone dumped on our little farm and she was all black; Sheba. Since, I've fostered several B&W kitties which have literally fallen into my lap at work or while driving home. The most recent is currently being adored by my aunt and her boyfriend. They are all very happy together along with their 9 y/o golden retriever who also adores her. That's at least one happy ending.
I wish more people would realize that personality is the ONLY trait to go on when it comes to cats. A good fit is FAR better than a "pretty" cat. I think they're all beautiful.
post #80 of 111
Wow, I'm finding this thread so interesting because I've been thinking alot about this exact topic lately. I work for a rescue and yes, black cats are notoriously hard to adopt out but I've found that people also tend to make their decision based even more on age of the cat. If given a choice between a black 10 week old kitten and a 2 yr old long-haired calico/Maine Coon/Himilayan/etc. people go with the kitten every time. That being said, a black DSH adult is REALLY going to have a hard time.

What I find interesting is that children tend to gravitate towards the black cats! When families come to our adopt-a-pets the parents will be like "oh, look at that pretty tabby" and the kid will tell them no, they want a black one lol. At last week's adoption I was talking to a man interested in adopting a kitten who had a young daughter. I happened to mention that black cats tend to have great personalities and he laughed and told me that his daughter had told him already that she wanted a black cat. And incidentally, one of our two adoptions that day was a black cat--well kitten. The couple came in specifically wanting a black cat, so that was great.
post #81 of 111
I'm guessing its due to the fact there are tons of those colors around, so if the cat is a different color or pattern then its more likely to be chosen first.

When adopting cats, I tend to choose those I feel have the best chance in the show ring (if they don't like showing, they just become homebody pets like Ling is). Ling is black & white. I've had a few black/white cats but none that were all black - tho I'd love to own a show quality all black Oriental SH one day!

I like to see a "flashy" patterned black & white rather then the more ordinary ones marked like you call "tuxedo". I really do not like using that term to describe the black & white bicolor
post #82 of 111
I never knew this about B&W or Black kitties, ever. I guess my family was just an exception.

We had a black kitty growing up, who we adored, what was her name? Blackie. She was an indoor/outdoor kitty except for around Halloween time. We kept her in the week before hand. One year we woke up to find the head of a black kitty in our front yard. It was horrible. We thought it was our baby at first, but she was safe inside. It was someone else's baby.


When it was time to get a cat as an adult, my husband requested a B&W tuxedo, he didn't want anything else.

Look at this Cutie!!







**sorry got a little carried away.
post #83 of 111
I really don't understand why people would pass up a black cat or B & W cat.. I think all cats are beautiful, and there is no such thing as a cat being bad luck.

Many cats I have love throughout my life have been black. My dad's mom had a black cat named Leo. He was indoor/outdoor and always had scars and missing bits of his ears from fighting. I always begged my grandmother to make him stay inside, and she always said she couldn't. Leo still lived a long, long life, and lived to be about 23-24. Another black cat in my life was my moms mothers cat Korrina.. He was also indoor/outdoor. My mom-mom tried to keep him inside but it was impossible. I always remembered he wouldn't drink unless it was from the faucet.. I don't know how old Korrina was, but he did live a long time. He passed the Bridge too soon though. My poppop thinks a coyote got him And then there were these 2 black kittens my stepmother got while I was living with them. They were sisters, Scar (named from a large scar she had on her back) and Jitters (she was skittish). Scar LOVED to sleep with me all the time, and Jitters prefered my sisters. I don't know how they are now, I had moved back in with my mom and my stepmom wound up getting rid of them. But all of these wonderful BLACK cats had amazing personalities and were very, very loving.

I didn't choose either of my cats for their colors. Monster was an orphan and I got Mittens from my boss. I would never pass up a perfectly good black cat for one that is "prettier". I love how black cats have such shiny fur And I really, really want a black DLH.
post #84 of 111
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Livetolaugh ... you kitty has such a darling little nose with them black dots
post #85 of 111
I just wanted to share that two of my Tuxedo rescues are going to a fur-ever home today They were adopted together by a sweet elderly woman who just lost her Siamese cat to cancer (He was 18) Here are Barney and Fred soon to be Upton and Boez



They are both such sweet cat! Love belly rubs and being held
post #86 of 111
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Originally Posted by proudmamiof4 View Post
I just wanted to share that two of my Tuxedo rescues are going to a fur-ever home today They were adopted together by a sweet elderly woman who just lost her Siamese cat to cancer (He was 18) Here are Barney and Fred soon to be Upton and Boez



They are both such sweet cat! Love belly rubs and being held
GORGEOUS cats! I that second picture, its great!
post #87 of 111
I love black cats and black and white cats. Ive always wanted a pure black cat, but right now i dont have the room. I do have my black and white cat though
post #88 of 111
Well, we have five right now at the shelter, so if you change your mind...
post #89 of 111
I noticed this too- I used to work with someone that volunteered at Animal Services in my hometown and she said that, often, the black cats were the ones that were chosen to be put down before they even reached the front

I've always wanted a tuxedo cat, though! Too much "Cats" at a young age...my dream cat is a tuxedo cat named Mistofelees
post #90 of 111
Solid black cats are my preference, and I'm also partial to orange tabbies and brown/black tabbies. I can tell you this though, there can be too much of a good thing. Of my herd, 6 are solid black and 8 are tuxedo. To make it worse, all but 5 of them I believe to be siblings, so same head/body shape. This makes it very difficult to place blame, since cats tend to run away from the scene of a crime rather than toward you. One black behind disappearing around the corner looks pretty much like the next.

One of the neighbor's females I trapped was siamese in appearance with a white nose, bib and feet. Her size, shape of face and the markings cause me to believe that she is the mother of many, if not all, all of these kittens. The tom was solid black. I, of course, can tell them apart, but even DH has to ask..."Which one if this?"
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