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Why Adopt a Black Cat

Back in 2017 I was looking through Facebook and saw that a litter of black kittens had been dumped in a nearby town. I hadn't even been thinking of getting a new cat, I already had two and wasn't really a cat lady, I just had those because of my previous marriage. 
I tried to forget about the kittens but there was something in my head telling me to keep looking specifically for a black cat. I'd started to have enough of Online Dating and only had my children half of the time, my other cats were super independent and I wanted something new to love, and something new to love me back.

I ended up contacting Cat Protection and the lady had mentioned that another black cat was in their care, they had to wait another week or so for anyone to claim him but he was highly likely to be available to re-home. 
They'd sent me a photo, told me his name which at that time was 'Forest' as he had been found near some woods (really Cat Protection thought his owner couldn't cope and handed him to them saying she had found a kitten in the woods) which suit me fine, as a Tom Hanks fan. 

After passing a house check and filling in various forms and paying £50 Forest was mine. 
A month later I met my boyfriend and Forest was renamed...Ainsley. 

Black cats are statistically harder to re-home than tabby, ginger or tortoiseshell cats. I read an article in 2018 that stated that black cats aren't bought or re-homed because they aren't "instagrammable" and "don't look good in selfies". Which to me is ridiculous. 
The majority of cats that are in rescue centres and are euthanised due to not being able to be re-homed and due to lack of space in the centre, are black cats or black and white cats.

The main reason I had it set in my head to rescue a black cat was because, after research, I realised that they were the hardest to re-home. And I was really surprised by that. 
The reason they are hard to re-home is due to how they look...people finding them boring because they would rather have one with prettier colours or patterns, and because of superstition. Which I understand if that is down to your actual beliefs or religion but in most cases, it isn't. It's because people in general assume black cats are unlucky.

Ainsley is an amazing cat, with a cheeky and fun personality and a soft side too. He was also the perfect playmate for Walter, and is also the perfect playmate for my new kitten Bodhi. 
Ainsley went missing for two months last year and it broke my heart. I went through all the stages of grief which was horrible. And then one day turned up and it was one of the best days of my life. I couldn't believe it. 
He walked in as if he had never been away, asking for food. 

Not only did I feel good for re-homing a cat (Ainsley was around 4 or 5 months old when I got him so wasn't completely brand new tiny), and not a brand new kitten from a breeder or a random person on Facebook who hasn't had their cat spayed and wants to earn a quick £30-£50, but I felt good for re-homing a cat that had less chance than one who had a prettier pattern or a fluffy coat.

If I was to rescue a cat again in the future, I would go again for a black cat (or grey as apparently they are next on the list as hardest to re-home).
I don't believe that a cats coat or colour necessarily determines their personality. And if you see my Instagram, you'll notice how loving Ainsley is, and how he is almost like a parrot at times, but also how he is perfectly beautiful enough to Instagram and have a photo with. 

If you are ever considering adopting a kitten or a cat, please consider a black one. Not only will they love you, but you could be saving their lives. And I'm sure you will love them immensely. 

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