Why Black Cats Rock!!!

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? 

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  1. Reply

    BailingOutBenji

    April 7, 2012

    I am glad you found my blog useful and that you love the black animals too! 🙂 Sadly, they are the last picked in the shelters :/ I am glad to see that we are kindred spirits!

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      Baseball Serendipity

      April 7, 2012

      It is so sad! Hopefully more people will realize what amazing animals they are. 🙂

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    Bird

    April 7, 2012

    I adore black cats. I had one named Oscar for 18 years. I’m happy to see other people write, and post pictures, of their cats. I have written a few pieces on my dogs and cats…lol. They are my babies!
    I am enjoying your site!
    — Bird

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      Baseball Serendipity

      April 7, 2012

      Thank you so much for passing by my blog and following. I love my black cats! I wish more people gave them a chance at shelters because they really are the sweetest – I am trying not to be partial. 🙂 But honestly, my vet told me the coolest cats are the black ones. 😉 I can’t wait to check out your blog.

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        Bird

        April 7, 2012

        My husband and brother got me two little kittens last year to help me deal with Empty Nest Syndrome that was really messing me up. I have turned into the crazy cat lady of Tulsa, even though I only have two! I obsess over them like their tiny humans! I love to come across blogs where other people love their animals like I do. I find your writing very interesting, and easy to read, which is important to me… 🙂 Thank you for checking out mine. Hope you like it!

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    livinginfairyland

    April 8, 2012

    I had a lovely black cat, her name was Myrtle. I’ll remember her for ever in my heart!

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      Baseball Serendipity

      April 8, 2012

      That is so sweet. I am sure you miss her like crazy! Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

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    BailingOutBenji

    April 8, 2012

    If you guys are ever interested in looking for another cat, try going to petfinder .com! It is a wonderful site that only rescues and shelters can use! Since the United States is littered with puppy mills and other forms of animal abuse, adoption really is the only way to go!

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    indytherapydogtraining.com

    April 11, 2012

    You are not going to believe it after our discussion last week about black cats, I had a woman contact me that travels alot in need of a petsitter for her two cats, that turned out to be… surprise BLACK! I thought it was just humourous, so I had to share. Maybe I should add to my Care.com profile that I specialize in black cats! lol

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      Baseball Serendipity

      April 11, 2012

      Insane! The law of attraction! You should specialize in them.. haha

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        indytherapydogtraining.com

        April 12, 2012

        I do think if I get the job I am going to try to clicker train her cats, as she wants some behaviors modified. Sounds funny…like one can change or would want to change a cat! Have a great weekend!

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          Baseball Serendipity

          April 12, 2012

          How wonderful! I think cats are easier to train than dogs, although I can’t speak for my babies, none of which are trained! 🙁 Embarrassing, I know…I’m a push over! Great weekend to you too!

          • indytherapydogtraining.com

            April 16, 2012

            I got the job! Let the training begin! Actually I have quite a few ideas on helping her out, make things easier on her in taking care of her cats.. but I won’t push for change too soon. Tricks of the trade! I worked today on getting her one boy to work for food. Get a treat for jumping down from the table..etc. The bill might go up on the treats this month!

          • Baseball Serendipity

            April 16, 2012

            Haha nice! Congrats! 🙂

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    animal jokes

    December 1, 2012

    That is a really good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very accurate info… Many thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

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