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Published 27/10/2015

Mushy Fa is owned by Maria McCann
Mushy Fa is owned by Maria McCann
Angela has three black cats. Here is Misty
Angela's other two black cats, Daisy (L) and Minnie
And Rosie, another black cat owned by Angela
Figaro is owned by Kara Mitchell
Paws is owned by Helen McAlister from Dunmurry
Yogi is 18-years-old and she lives in Belfast with her human Craig Fisher
Chigga was rescued by Paula McGibbon from a shelter in Berkeley, Northern California. She found him on nearby railway tracks. Chigga is 17 and came to Belfast with Paula seven years ago

Today is National Black Cat Day - Cats Protection’s annual celebration of black and black-and-white cats.

Monochrome moggies are the least popular when it comes to adoption - taking 13% longer to find a new home for than their more colourful counterparts, says the charity.

Research shows that the myth that black cats are unlucky is still prominent.

Fashion designer Elizabeth Emmanuel has three black-and-white rescue cats of her own (along with ginger cat Jerry) and she can’t understand why there seems to be an issue:

“First of all I would always advise people to adopt a rescue cat because they’re the most in need of a loving forever home,“ she said.

“But why should colour matter anyway? I don’t understand why some people have a reluctance to rehome black and black-and-white cats because they all have different personalities and become part of the family no matter how they look or what colour they are.”

In 2014, black and black-and-white cats accounted for almost half of all cats taken in by the charity and spent on average 52 days in care, compared to around 33 days for silver tabbies.

Posted by Tom Cox on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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