The RSPCA is highlighting the plight of black cats who are not so lucky when it comes to being rehomed.
RSPCA rehoming stats show that black and black and white cats are more frequently seen in their centres than any other colour and they also take longer to find their ‘furever’ home.
Over the last three years (from 2015 to 2017) the RSPCA has rehomed 3,169 black cats and it has taken on average 30 days to find them a home.
This compares with tabby cats – 1,613 have been rehomed within an average of 23 days, and giber cats – 616 have been rehomed within 19 days.
The most commonly seen cat at the RSPCA is a black and white cat – 4,151 have been rehomed over the last three years and they wait an average of 28 days to find their new owner.
This could be because they are more common, but also that ginger and tabby cats are seen as more unusual or different making them look more attractive to some.
RSPCA cat behaviour and welfare expert, Sam Watson, said: “We would urge people to look beyond an animal’s appearance. Their coat colour makes no difference to how much they have to give. All cats are individuals with their own quirks and personality, so I recommend people try to look beyond their colour to find the right match for them.”
The most recent figures show that, as the end of June, the RSPCA has 1,224 cats in its care. Not all of these cats will be ready or available for rehoming as they may be part of cases or undergoing medical treatment. This is an increase of 15% compared with the same time last year.
To see all of the 1194 the cats currently available for rehoming at the RSPCA see the website.