This is heartbreaking: Black cats reportedly keep getting shunned by potential owners because they photograph badly and "don't show up in selfies," according to an owner of a cat re-homing center in England. The founder of the center, Christine Bayka, said the problem has gotten so bad that every single one of the cats now in the center still waiting for a forever home is black.
Granted, black cats have long been associated with negative myths, like bad luck, a bad omen, and even witchcraft. (Ever heard the superstition, "Don't let a black cat cross your path"?) But Bayka said this widespread rejection of black cats been an increasing problem due to social media. She said, "It’s worse now because black cats don’t show up in selfies. Now everybody wants to take selfies and put them on Facebook. It’s a very narcissistic use of social media."
Who could ever say no to this face? (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Well, if this is true, all we have to say is this to those owners: We'll gladly take your so-called non-photogenic cats off your hands — every last one of them!
First of all, not only are black cats just as deserving of love as all the other cats, it sounds like the precious fur babies at Bayka's center — and perhaps other cat adoption centers — are especially in dire need of companionship and affection.
No need for all the cattiness, geez. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Secondly, if you want to get into superstitions, it's worth noting that in some cultures — like in Japan, for instance — black cats are seen as a sign of good luck. And that thing about a black cat crossing your path? In Germany, it depends on which direction it passes to find out what luck it will supposedly bring you. It's all about perspective.
Finally, not that it should matter in the least bit, but black cats can be rather photogenic depending on the background of the image, not to mention the lighting of the picture. Perhaps some people simply need to brush up on their photography skills?
Now this is what we call a catwalk! (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Black cats, we love you no matter what anyone else says!