I have been sitting in bed for the past few hours watching Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell,” and as I watch all these cats with behavioral concerns I becoming increasingly grateful for the amazing kitties I have. I also realize that our upcoming move, which is fast approaching, is going to prove difficult for them. I am trying to stay positive however, in hopes that the cats take comfort in being with me, and each other during the major adjustment.
The main reason I wanted to write this blog is because I have three black cats and I wanted a chance to address the stigmas associated with these loving animals. For centuries, black cats have had a distinct reputation differentiating them from other breeds. In truth, these cats are just like every other, and in many ways they are even more amazing.
It is a known fact that black cats and dogs are the last to be adopted at shelters and the most often to be euthanized. There are many reasons why this is the case, but mostly, people think that black animals are dull and unexciting. I can tell you that I, myself, happen to LOVE Bengal and Tabby cats, with unique markings and colorings, but there is a special beauty that I see in black cats.
Despite my bias, my babies are some of the sweetest that I’ve ever met. They are super friendly, quite vocal, and incredibly playful. Every time I take my cats to the vet or have company, I am told that they are beautiful and super sweet. I never have to worry about them fighting with each other, Charlie, or biting any of my house guests – except for the occasional love bite.
In doing research on the topic, I found this interesting study that shows that cat temperament can be closely associated with coat color. This is because both traits are genetic and as such tend to carry together. This same study shows that Black and Black-and-White cats tend to have the best temperament and greatest overall health. I can tell you that based on my experience I would have to agree with this study. I have rescued MANY cats and still, black cats are among my favorites. I’m blessed with their love; they are the most amazing cats and get along beautifully with one another, and with my, giant-in-comparison, dog, Charlie.
If you’re ever in the market to adopt a cat, I would HIGHLY recommend a black or black-and-white cat. Before concluding, I want to note I am not saying that black cats are immune to behavioral issues or that other breeds are inferior, I am simply saying that black cats should not be ostracized and that you should definitely give them a chance! I promise they won’t jinx you, in fact, I think they are good luck. 🙂
I have included a few pictures of my babies for your viewing pleasure and a link to the article I referred to above. (From top to bottom; Blade, Julius, Tara).
Is Coat Color Linked to Temperament?