Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre Celebrates Misunderstood Monochrome Moggies
Forget blondes – when it comes to cats most people think it’s gingers and tabbies that are the most fun, according to a new survey. Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, says research carried out by the charity found that black cats are perceived as less playful and friendly than their more colourful counterparts.
Staff at the centre said that while the findings may help to explain why black and black-and-white cats typically wait 22 per cent longer to find a new owner, the reality is that a cat’s colour has no bearing on its temperament. The charity published the survey ahead of this year’s National Black Cat Day on Thursday 27 October, an event designed to encourage more people to adopt a less colourful puss.
According to those surveyed using a sliding scale, monochrome moggies are seen as less friendly, playful, vocal and attention-seeking than gingers or tabbies, which typically find new owners faster.
“There is a tendency to see the black cats as less exciting which we think is because they are much more common among the cat population, says Danielle Draper, Manager of Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre. “When people enquire about adopting from us or look at our website, they can be faced with a large number of black or black-and-white cats so their attention tends to be drawn to the brighter-coloured tabbies, light tortoiseshells and gingers who look more exciting. It’s only natural that people will have some view on what a cat may be like based on its looks. But just like with humans, it’s impossible to make a judgement based purely on how a cat looks. We want to break down the myths and show that beauty really is more than fur deep.”
Staff at the centre are hoping this Black Cat Day will prove lucky for some of the black cats in its care currently looking for new homes, including:
- Lottie: Twelve-year-old Lottie came to the centre because her owner was too ill to keep her and is now looking for a quiet, peaceful home. She is very sweet-natured, but can be nervous, so will need a home with no other pets.
- Kathy: Playful Kathy is a cat with a bit of a difference – she is a polydactyl, which means she has extra toes on her feet. At eight-years-old Kathy loves to play and also enjoys curling up on a lap for a cuddle.
- Treacle: Five-year-old Treacle came to the centre after his owner passed away. He has found it hard to adjust to the sudden change in his life and would desperately like to be in a home environment again.
- Lily: Lovely Lily is eight-years-old and came to the centre because her owner’s circumstances changed. She is loving, friendly and would be happy living in a home with older children.
The survey of 1005 people, carried out in October 2016, asked for people’s perceptions of cats which were either black, ginger, tabby or tortoiseshell.
Other findings were:
- Nearly three quarters of respondents (73 per cent) say that looks are at least ‘somewhat important’ when adopting a cat
- Nearly three quarters of respondents (69 per cent) say that colouring is at least ‘somewhat important’ when adopting a cat.
- The top three attributes Brits think will increase a cat’s chance of adoption first are based on whether they are the best-looking (34 per cent), their cuteness (32 per cent) and their friendliness (22 per cent).
The centre will be celebrating National Black Cat Day with its own Halloween-themed family fun day on Sunday, 6 November, from 10am until 4pm. Fun and games will include a children’s fancy dress competition, face painting, tombola, raffle and plenty of other stalls. Entry is free but a donation of a tin of Felix cat food or a cat toy will be greatly appreciated by the 200 cats currently in the care of the centre.
The National Cat Centre is situated in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. To find the centre using a SatNav, please use the postcode RH17 7DE or for a map and directions please visit www.cats.org.uk/find-us/find-the-ncc
To find out more about adopting a cat from the centre, please email firstname.lastname@example.org