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post #91 of 111
It may be a superficial thing like some folks here are saying. I know I have never, ever, in my entire life wanted a tuxedo cat… I now have two LOL. I never minded all black cats since I find them beautiful like little panthers, but tuxies…. I always found then not as cute as the rest.

My preference has always been grey tabby’s, orange cats, beige, black. The only two color cats I never wanted and actually vowed against getting are white (I find they have mental problems LOL any other folks owned by white cats can agree?) and tuxedos… Somehow I ended up with one mentally challenged white cat Lol and 2 beautiful tuxedos. This proving to me, that kitties pick their owners.

Now that I have my little Tuxedo cats I find I am drawn to them more so then any other color.
post #92 of 111
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It may be a superficial thing like some folks here are saying. I know I have never, ever, in my entire life wanted a tuxedo cat… I now have two LOL. I never minded all black cats since I find them beautiful like little panthers, but tuxies…. I always found then not as cute as the rest.

My preference has always been grey tabby’s, orange cats, beige, black. The only two color cats I never wanted and actually vowed against getting are white (I find they have mental problems LOL any other folks owned by white cats can agree?) and tuxedos… Somehow I ended up with one mentally challenged white cat Lol and 2 beautiful tuxedos. This proving to me, that kitties pick their owners.

Now that I have my little Tuxedo cats I find I am drawn to them more so then any other color.
lol funny you should mention white cat with mental issues, Sweetness is a sweet cat but for sure has a few loose marvels!! She will hold someone lap hostage with growls and hissing all while purring.... Don't ever try to kick her off your lap!!! Lol
post #93 of 111
I have heard this before also and have done my best to sell people on the black kitties any time I get the chance! We have two solid black DSH in the house now and everyone agrees they are the very best cats anyone could ask for. One of them is my Spooky Joe and the other one is my dad's cat Onyx. Dad theorizes that somehow black cats know they have to work a little harder and be extra friendly to get picked out over the 'prettier' cats. I agree with his theory, but I don't see why anyone wouldn't think this cat is beautiful (or handsome, since he's a boy)



My first cat was a B&W - RIP Libbi Lou!
post #94 of 111
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lol funny you should mention white cat with mental issues, Sweetness is a sweet cat but for sure has a few loose marvels!! She will hold someone lap hostage with growls and hissing all while purring.... Don't ever try to kick her off your lap!!! Lol
IMO - you often find temperament issues in white cats due to deafness. My two deaf girls get 'quick' with me if I startle them.

That said - of 40 adoptable cats on petfinder, we have 7 black & 5 tuxedos. Most of them are 5 months old & we've had since 6 - 8 weeks....two of them are the last of 8 kittens, their entire litter was "cuter" than they were & got adopted - but they didn't. That does not include the litter of 3 black kittens in foster care, the other litter in foster care of 2 tuxedos, yet another fostered litter of 6 black kittens, & then there are 4 black & white bi-colors.
post #95 of 111
I want a solid black cat with gold eyes *soo* badly!

I know a lot of people who say they love the look of a black cat but none of their cats is black. I wonder if it is just that a cat with some kind of pattern just kinda "jumps out" out you and so gets chosen over a black one? I think that's the only reason none of my current crew is black.
post #96 of 111
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I know a lot of people who say they love the look of a black cat but none of their cats is black. I wonder if it is just that a cat with some kind of pattern just kinda "jumps out" out you and so gets chosen over a black one? I think that's the only reason none of my current crew is black.

I would totally agree with that statement. When we went to pick out a new kitten (2 years ago) we walked into the room at the shelter and there was one litter. 7-8 solid black kittens and 1 long haired tabby. Immediately DH wanted the tabby, but Gus just demanded he come home with us. The whole lot of kittens were asleep except Gus. He was grabbing at us through the cage and nibbling on our fingers. So, solid black kitty came home.
post #97 of 111
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I want a solid black cat with gold eyes *soo* badly!

I know a lot of people who say they love the look of a black cat but none of their cats is black. I wonder if it is just that a cat with some kind of pattern just kinda "jumps out" out you and so gets chosen over a black one? I think that's the only reason none of my current crew is black.
I would totally agree with that statement. When we went to pick out a new kitten (2 years ago) we walked into the room at the shelter and there was one litter. 7-8 solid black kittens and 1 long haired tabby. Immediately DH wanted the tabby, but Gus just demanded he come home with us. The whole lot of kittens were asleep except Gus. He was grabbing at us through the cage and nibbling on our fingers. So, solid black kitty came home.
After scanning the earlier posts it seems others think the same thing. I wonder if there is something shelters can do to make sure black cats aren't so easily overlooked? They're beautiful animals. If people would just stop and look at them they would realize it.
post #98 of 111
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After scanning the earlier posts it seems others think the same thing. I wonder if there is something shelters can do to make sure black cats aren't so easily overlooked? They're beautiful animals. If people would just stop and look at them they would realize it.
We put darker cats in higher cages with better lighting, and use lighter colored bedding in their cages to make them stand out more. The darker cats - black, black/white, & torties - I often show people more of & before I show them any lighter ones.

So some shelters do things when they can to encourage adopting a darker colored kitty.
post #99 of 111
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We put darker cats in higher cages with better lighting, and use lighter colored bedding in their cages to make them stand out more. The darker cats - black, black/white, & torties - I often show people more of & before I show them any lighter ones.

So some shelters do things when they can to encourage adopting a darker colored kitty.
Someone in these forums (I think?) posted that a shelter someplace had a special promotion for their black cats. They promoted them as "Panther cats". I think there was some kind of tie in with a local sports team?? They adopted out quite a few black cats as I recall.
post #100 of 111
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Someone in these forums (I think?) posted that a shelter someplace had a special promotion for their black cats. They promoted them as "Panther cats". I think there was some kind of tie in with a local sports team?? They adopted out quite a few black cats as I recall.
Hmmm....that is something to consider. See if we cannot promote black cats as a whole "lump group" based on color.
post #101 of 111
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Hmmm....that is something to consider. See if we cannot promote black cats as a whole "lump group" based on color.
Yeah, and in such a way that wouldn't be saying "We're trying hard to get rid of our undesirable cats" but rather in a way that emphasizes the special beauty they have.
post #102 of 111
A local shelter to us did an 'adopt your shadow' for their black cats
post #103 of 111
I will always have a black cat

It DOES get frustrating trying to photograph them though!
post #104 of 111
Black cats...and black and white are my favorites. I've never understood how black cats are not desired.

Hard to photograph..yes...but just gorgeous.
post #105 of 111
We have a GORGEOUS black DLH at our shelter right now. Her eyes are a stunning bright copper color, and the plumage on her tail is profuse and silky. I totally love her.

http://198.171.93.116/availablePets.htm

This photo doesn't do her eyes justice. They glow orange.

Oops, you need to scroll down to "Button" on the bottom. Sorry
post #106 of 111
I love black cats. My first one I got when I was nine. He wasn't my first choice but the cat I already had got along well with him so that's how I ended up with him. I'm very happy it worked out that way too, he was such an awesome cat. The other two black cats I had were strays. But I don't want another black cat for a long time. Those three all died within two years of each other several years ago. I'm not ready for another black cat yet. If it was a pathetic stray I might take it in, but I'm not ready to adopt one from a shelter. But that's ok, I don't have anymore vacancies anyway.

I want to add that if I were to adopt a cat from a shelter it wouldn't be based on looks. I would choose one that no one else wanted that I could afford to care for. So I would pick the three legged cat or the one eyed cat, or the butt ugly cat over the cute kitten or long haired cat. I could never pick a cat based on looks. I would try to pick one based on personality and what just felt right. I don't understand people who pick a cat based on looks. Is that how you pick your spouse or friends?
post #107 of 111
I had to laugh this week when a woman came in saying she wanted any adult cat, short hair and not black.

She had not had a cat for many years so we are always extra careful in helping them pick one that suits their lifestyle so as I was taking her through she asks about this medium haired black cat (full of personality and a real lap cat). She cuddled her and then we went through the rest of the shelter because she said oh she is lovely but she is black.

At the end of walking through the various cat rooms, we went back in to see another cat in the same room as the black one and she laughed and said 'I guess I am making a liar of myself, I really want the black one' and was afraid we would not adopt to her because her application had said she was looking for something different
post #108 of 111
We've just had a black kitten come back from one of our off-site adoption cages at a vet's office. She was there for almost 2 months and no one showed any interest. I hope that isn't a show-stopper for her; she's really a nice cat, with a great personality.
post #109 of 111
I almost adopted a black cat, but then I met Ollie. I didn't realize that black cats have issues when it comes to adoption?
post #110 of 111
I never realized I was such an unusual adoptive mother - my first cat was approximately 4 years old (picked up as a stray, so it was the vet's guess) and is solid grey (or blue, I guess). Three months later I adopted my boy - I was told to look for one about the same age, and I fell for him, and he's solid black. I was told lots of people pass up the solid colored cats, and black cats aren't 'popular'.

Also, most shelters will not adopt black cats out around Halloween, since there are some awful people out there. I got Dante right near the end of October, but the shelter thought I was safe, since my girl came from the same place and I must look like a very boring, safe 50+ lady.
post #111 of 111
i sat and had a conversation with my dad earlier and smooch his ginger cat does a variety of differnt faces as does my flash but Sotty doesnt but =.....ive worked out since having him how to tell hes in these differnt moods that smooch and flash show with out looking at facial expressions
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