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Black cats being rejected because they don't look good in selfies, says RSPCA - UK - News - The Independent

While most of us are aware of the historical superstitions and stigma that remain associated with black cats to this day, I've never really considered that they are discounted by potential adopters because they don't photograph well. I wonder how true this is - it's unlikely that someone would make such a direct remark, but could it be something they're thinking about in the back of their mind?

Of course, in my experience, black cats have loads of personality and are eminently camera-friendly, just like any other cat

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I sincerely hope that people aren't so disgustingly shallow that they would reject a black cat because they don't stand out as well in a selfie.

It's true that black cats are harder to photograph and that their features don't appear as distinctive because of their dark fur, which does make them harder to showcase in photos on adoption sites. It's also true that black cats are harder to see when in cages at shelters, which also works against them. It bothers me, but I can acknowledge that these, at least, are subconscious reasons why a person who is maybe open to adopting a cat of any appearance, might pass over a black cat in favor of another coloured kitty.

The idea that some stupid, self-obsessed twit might actually have a bias against black cats because they're looking for a cat that looks good in a selfie? That just pees me right off! I don't think most people who adopt a pet do so for the sole purpose of accessorizing their Instagram account, but I'm sure some people have; people adopt pets on ridiculous impulses all the time. Anyone who would adopt a pet for that reason shouldn't have one! But, the fact that someone who is legitimately looking for an animal companion would take how their new pet looks in a selfie into consideration when choosing a cat or dog is ridiculous and makes me extremely sad.

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Wouldn't surprise me.
Considering people who "trade in" older pets for younger ones because the older pet isn't as fun anymore. Pets who get traded in because the owners just redecorated and the pet doesn't "match" the new color scheme, etc.
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post #4 of 61 (permalink) Old 07-30-2014, 12:25 PM
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I can't even relate to that way of thinking.
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People are so ridiculous. I have 3 black kittens, and they're adorable! I love black cats.

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post #7 of 61 (permalink) Old 07-30-2014, 01:34 PM
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People are so ridiculous. I have 3 black kittens, and they're adorable! I love black cats.

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Ack! So flipping adorable!!

My current foster is the sweetest little black kitty. Her name is Poe, and if we didn't already have 6 cats, we would keep her in a heartbeat!

Both of these photos were taken with my crappy iPhone camera, so anyone who tells you that you can't take decent, expressive photos of black cats is obviously not trying hard enough! It's more difficult to get decent shots, but it's definitely possible.




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Very cute kitties!
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I think its safe to say there are plenty of superficial people out there. But there are also plenty of people out there who adore black cats. Their bad reputation has been around for as long as they have and the fact that there are so many of them proves to me that it is the superficial people that are in danger of dying out. Those photos are beautiful! There are few things more striking than a black cat with green eyes.
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Pazu is offended by that article!
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