Debunking Myths About Black Cats: Pt. 4

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Black Cat Awareness Month blog series debunking common misconceptions about black cats. Feel free to share what you’ve learned with your friends to help black cats beat their bad reputation! 

  Hathaway is really more of a fish than a cat - any time we touched the sink he would come running! Photo by Cathy Niland.

Hathaway is really more of a fish than a cat - any time we touched the sink he would come running! Photo by Cathy Niland.

MYTH #4: BLACK CATS LACK PERSONALITY

In a University of California, Berkeley study that examined how cat color influences adoption rates, they found people were more likely to assign positive personality traits to orange and bi-colored cats. In contrast, black, white, and tri-colored cats were perceived as being more antisocial and aloof. This is another super-misleading myth, as anyone who has or has had, or has even known a black cat can tell you!

  Often times when we have multiple black cats in the Cat Zone, we can best tell them apart by their distinct personalities. Photo by Liz Lazich.

Often times when we have multiple black cats in the Cat Zone, we can best tell them apart by their distinct personalities. Photo by Liz Lazich.

Some people perceive black cats as lacking personality due to the difficulty in reading their expressions, or simply because their fur color isn’t as eye-catching and some other colored cats.

While you never know the kind of cat you will click with, the color of their fur shouldn’t stop you from falling in love! Black cats may have a bad reputation, but they’re just as lovable as any other cat.

  Marvin, adopted in 2015, was one of the biggest personalities to come through Cat Town. Photo by Cathy Niland.

Marvin, adopted in 2015, was one of the biggest personalities to come through Cat Town. Photo by Cathy Niland.

If you’re interested in helping Cat Town continue its life-saving work with cats of all colors, please consider making a donation! And if adding a black cat your family is in the cards be sure to check out our adoptable black cats below and email info@cattownoakland.org with any questions.

Read our previous post debunking myths here

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