I can honestly say that living with a black cat has completely changed my life!
Having a black cat wasn’t expected or planned, we basically had a black kitten brought to our doorstep by his mother and he decided that this is his home.
We called him Coco and ever since I’ve been on a journey exploring the wonderful world of cats.
Boy, has it been rewarding…
I’ve met some amazing people from around the world and I’ve made some great friends and that one thing that unites us is our black cats.
This blog post is about 5 reasons to live with a black cat but I could very easily list a lot more.
What it says about you
As I’m sure you are well aware, black cats have a lot of stigmas attached to them for a few reasons including superstition and an association with witches.
I think it takes a certain type of person to ignore the stigma and see black cats for the beautiful creatures that they are.
I have heard people say that they wouldn’t adopt a black cat and it’s shocking to hear.
I consider myself to be open-minded and not easily led by the crowd and I think many black cat owners are much the same.
Black cats may live longer
Animals with a solid black coat are referred to as melanistic. Melanistic animals are thought to have inherited the best genes from their parents.
Science is yet to pinpoint exactly why black cats typically live longer than other cats but there’s a strong suggestion that black cats have stronger immune systems.
You get to live with a mini panther
Did you know that there are no such species as a panther?
Jaguars and leopards with a solid black coat are labeled as black panthers.
In my eyes, if a leopard or a jaguar that is black can be called a panther then our black domestic cats are actually mini panthers! Brilliant…
All of that melanin that makes a cat black also has an influence on eye color.
Black cats can have yellow, green, copper and in rare cases even blue eyes.
The contrast with their black fur is simply breathtaking.
Whenever people see Coco they always comment on just how gorgeous his eyes are.
Black cats need you
Thankfully trends are shifting as traditions and superstitions die out but that sad truth is that black cats remain less likely to be adopted than other cats.
It’s heartbreaking to think about and I’m sure you’ll agree that an increased awareness of just how amazing black cats are will change things for the better…
My Final Thoughts
It’s been a lot of fun writing this and I could have easily given more reasons to live with a black cat.
I’ll save those for a future blog post.
Having a furry member of the family is so rewarding and a lot of fun, especially when it’s so unexpected.
My advice to anybody even remotely interested in having a black cat is, just do it!
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