Don’t be superstitious – Black Cats are anything but bad luck. Come out of the dark as we shed light on seven cool black cat facts.
If you’ve ever wanted to have a miniature black panther in your house, look no further than the little black cat who’s up for adoption at your local animal shelter. These gorgeous kitties are, unfortunately, misunderstood, thanks to a lot of false superstition that surrounds them. Check out the seven interesting facts about these cats below to learn a bit more about them and why they are so special.
The Bombay Is the Only Black Cat Breed
A lustrous black coat can be found on kitties from a variety of breeds, including pure breeds and mixed breeds, in the world of domesticated cats. However, the Bombay is the only feline breed that solely features a black coat and no other colors (the only accepted coat color for the Bombay is black). That’s because this breed was developed in an effort to make these little cats look like wild black panthers.
The Most Common Eye Color Is Copper
While there are plenty of black kitties with bright green eyes, the most commonly seen eye color is copper, thanks to the high amount of melanin in the body that also contributes to the black fur.
Black Cats Might Be Healthier, and They Might Be Better Hunters
Some researchers believe that the genetics behind a feline’s black coat may also give these kitties additional protection against disease. Other experts believe that the black coat is designed to give these cats an advantage when they are hunting, as it gives them extra camouflage so they can sneak up on prey more easily.
You’re Likely to Encounter More Males Than Females
All-black pigmentation is a bit more common in male cats than females. This doesn’t mean, though, that it will be particularly difficult to find a female, so if you’re hoping to adopt a little girl, don’t worry, you’ll find your match.
In Some Parts of the World, They’re Considered Good Luck
Depending upon the culture and part of the world that you’re talking about, black cats might be considered good luck or bad luck (if you believe in that sort of thing to begin with). But the truth is that a black cat is just like any other cat, just with genes that produce a black coat. There’s no need to fear them, but you can certainly shower these lovable kitties with affection, as they’ll give it right back to you.
Some Black Cats Might “Rust”
Some pet parents notice that their black kitties start to look different because their fur begins to “rust,” or turn into a dark brown hue. According to experts, this could happen if your black cat carries a dominant tabby gene, rather than the recessive version of the gene. Eumelanin is a pigment that’s necessary for a kitty to showcase a black coat, but it’s fragile, particularly in felines with a dominant tabby gene.
So if your black cat tends to nap in the sunshine, the exposure to the sunlight may cause his coat to transform into a brown/red color, or you might even notice the tabby pattern showing through. Also, in rare cases, black cats who start changing color may be dealing with a deficiency in tyrosine, which is an enzyme necessary for the production of eumelanin.
It Might Be More Difficult to Find Homes for Black Cats
Even though black cats are popular and a lot of people love an all-black kitty, some animal shelters have stated that they find it harder to adopt out black cats of all ages than cats that feature other colors and patterns. So if you’re thinking about adding a kitty to your family, you may be surprised by just how many of these black beauties are looking for their forever home at your local shelter.
Lisa Selvaggio is a writer who has volunteered in animal rescue, caring for cats of all ages and learning their many quirks. She is certified in clinical pet nutrition, and enjoys helping pet parents give their fur babies the best care possible. Read more of her work online at LSA Writing Services.