Black Cats Matter

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For the longest time I thought that Black cats were the least adopted colored feline. It was an idea I had come across long ago, and like many others I chose not to dig any deeper into the subject. Why would I after all? No animal lover wants to hear depressing facts and sad details about a life gone un-loved and cut short.

However, I recently took up the challenge. I rolled up my sleeves and began scanning as much data as possible to get to the root of the issue: Black Cats Matter.

The ASPCA produced data in 2013 which described the intake and outcome of felines taken into shelters across the US. What they found was that the most common color of shelter cats were in fact black.

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It turned out that since the majority of the shelters’ feline population were black colored, black cats were the most frequently adopted. At the same time being the greater majority, more black cats were euthanized more than any other color, which eventually led to the myth that “Black cats are the least adopted” since they were the most often euthenized.

The huge population of black cats in shelters has transformed the way many shelters operate. Many will run discount adoption days for black cats. June and August in particular are popular months for shelters to run these promotions. Some shelters reduce their adoption cost on those days to as low as $10!

The ASPCA’s study also showed that the truly less frequently adopted, are actually brown cats and solid orange cats.

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Animals In Entertainment: The Godfather’s Stray

In the beginning of The Godfather film, Marlon Brando is seen holding, petting and even playing  with a silver tabby.

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Don Vito Corleone with his cat

Francis Ford Coppola explained in an interview with Time magazine that the cat had been found running around the studio. Coppola scooped up the stray and, “Put it in his (Brando’s) hands without (saying) a word.” Reportedly, the cat purred so loudly throughout the scene that Brando’s dialogue was almost inaudible.

Marlon Brando was a huge cat fan to begin with.  On one occasion, he was reported to have said, ” I live in my cat’s house.”

Marlon Brando and his cat

It’s no wonder Brando and the stray were able to create such a powerful opening scene. Which, for some people, lead to the development of a few metaphoric meanings behind it.

Not much is known about the cat’s whereabouts after the scene was filmed, but we can be sure that the cat knew he could go to Brando for “protection” if he needed it.