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Can you give an enchanting black cat a home this National Black Cat Day?


Black halloween cat

Today is National Black Cat Day, and what better way to celebrate than for potential cat owners to choose to adopt a black cat? 

Wood Green, The Animals Charity, is urging those looking at buying a cat to opt for a black cat and get in the spirit of all things Halloween. 

Although numbers of black cats coming in and out of shelters and cat homes fluctuate, traditionally it does unfortunately take longer to rehome black cats than any other - regardless of it being a cute kitten or an older puss. Wood Green have said that black cats, on average, stay with them for a least one to two days longer than other cats - and we think it's time black cats were given a spot in the limelight! 

Unfortunately, black cats suffer from a completely unjustified bad reputation - people believe they might bring bad luck, are less photogenic than other cats or that they're more likely to be hit by a car at night - all of which are simply not true. 

Wood Green cat section manager and feline behaviourist Juliette Jones said: “It can sometimes be harder to take pretty pictures of black cats depending on lighting - and the shyness of the cat! - but we have plenty of camera friendly black cats in with us, like gorgeous Jasper (pictured), caught getting into the festive spirit by our volunteer photographer Nigel.” 

“Just like their patterned and more brightly coloured friends they make wonderful companions and certainly shouldn’t be judged because of their colour.”  

During the Halloween weekend from October 31 - November 2, staff at Wood Green's Godmanchester Centre will be getting into the spooky spirit and dressing as Halloween black cats, to highlight the beautiful pets they have available for rehoming.

Are you a fan of black cats? We think they're magical little moggies! For more information about all the gorgeous black cats in search of a purrfect home this Halloween please visit www.woodgreen.org.uk 

Cat competition!


Purrfect Box

Fancy winning a box full to the brim with goodies for your feline friend? 

This week we’re offering eight lucky winners the chance to win a Purrfect Box, packed full with 5-6 high-quality products.

These surprise boxes can be filled with anything from treats to toys, healthcare goodies to grooming products, all of which are perfect for the moggy in your life.  

For more information, or to sign up for a monthly Purrfect Box (prices start at £15.90), head to the Purrfect Box website


If you receive the Your Cat newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. Click here to register to the Your Cat newsletter if you don't already receive it. The closing date is 12pm on Thursday November 6, 2014. Good luck! This competition is for UK residents only.

Cat health

Does my cat drink too much?

Does my cat drink too much?

If you want to determine how much water your cat is drinking, allow her only one source of water, our expert explains.

Help! My cat's overweight!

Why is my cat over eating?

When Delilah started piling on the pounds, Andy took his vet’s advice on diet and called in behaviourist Peter Neville.

Cats in the home

Why does my cat eat cut flowers?

Behaviourist Francesca Riccomini advises on how to stop your cat eating potentially toxic cut flowers.

How do I keep my cat's scratch post clean?

How to keep my cat's scratch post clean

Cats use their scratching post a lot, especially if they spend most of their time indoors. But how do you keep them clean?

Outdoor cats

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A cat hideaway can provide a much-loved retreat for your cat. Graham Strong explains how to make your garden cat friendly.

Which plants are toxic to cats?

Millions of cats go into gardens safely with poisonous plants, but it's worth being aware of what's safe for your cats to eat.

Kitten care

Adopting the right rescue kitten for you

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My kittens won't stop fighting!

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