In the United States and most European countries, black cats are considered unlucky. But according to Petplan pet insurance company, black cats are actually among the luckiest of all.
Based on information from Petplan’s insurance claims, black cats are 15% less likely to be victims of an accident or injury than cats of other colors. On the other hand, orange cats are twice as likely as the general cat population to find themselves involved in some sort of costly mishap.
While black cats may be lucky in avoiding accidents, though, they’re a lot less lucky when it comes to being adopted. According to a study by the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, black cats are often the last to be selected at an animal shelter.
Despite this, Lucky is the third most popular name of black cats insured by Petplan. Other subscriber favorites include Midnight and Boo. Black cat names inspired by popular culture include Beetlejuice, Optimus Prime, Leroy Brown and Jesse James.
The news isn’t all bad for black cats, though. In the United Kingdom, Latvia and Japan, black cats are considered lucky. And cat rescue groups are working hard to improve the reputation of black cats.
Boston-based Black Cat Rescue is dedicated to finding loving foster homes and forever homes for the black cats and kittens that end up in area shelters.
The Cat Network recently held Le Chat Noir, a gala fund-raiser that included a fashion show of black cats strutting down a runway in diamond-studded collars.
Cat Network President Charlene Grall said, [Le Chat Noir was] designed to educate the public about the plight of homeless cats, specifically the black cat who has suffered an unlucky reputation. Despite being considered demigods by Ancient Egyptians, black cats nowadays have very low odds of being adopted at shelters due to their unpopular color. By hosting Le Chat Noir, we [provided] an evening of entertainment and educated guests on programs to help humanely control stray populations so fewer cats enter our shelters.
“Regardless of the color of your pet, this Halloween keep all furry friends away from lit jack-o-lanterns, decorations, and candy,” advises veterinarian Dr. Jules Benson, Petplan’s Vice President of Veterinary Services.