Black cats get a bad rap in the feline world, but all those superstitions about black cats being bad luck are just that — silly superstitions. Before you judge a black cat by her fur, consider the benefits of adopting one.
1. Fur Blends With Black
Nothing's worse than showing up at a social function covered in cat fur—a situation every cat-loving human has found herself in at least once. But black fur blends right in with your little black dress, making your secret routine of cuddling with Mittens before hitting the town less obvious to the casual observer. Plus, what could be more elegant than a sleek black kitty's naturally glam ebony coat? Feel like skipping the scene altogether and chilling at home with your cats? Don your fave black sweatshirt and no one will be the wiser.
2. Look Slimmer
Everyone looks slimmer in black—and holding your house panther close for some vicarious slimming effect beats dieting any day.
3. Brag About Your Mini-Panther
Leave the boring pets for other people. Black cats closely resemble the panthers they're distantly related to. They're even nicknamed the parlor panther because they look so much like their wild counterparts. And black kitties make excellent house ninjas, blending in with the shadows until they're ready to launch a sneak attack on a feather toy—or your toes.
4. Goes With Everything
Black is the one color that never clashes with anything. Your black cat will blend in with your wardrobe, your décor, and your comfiest jeans. Everyone needs at least one item that complements everything—and what could be better than a little black love-bug?
5. Hardest to Adopt out of Shelters, Sweetest of Companions
Black cats are less likely to be adopted than their shelter companions of other fur colors, and they have a higher euthanasia rate. Yet black cats, the end result of thousands of years of intensive domestication, are among the people-friendliest kitties around. No one will ever be more convinced that you're the greatest human on two legs than your black cat when you rescue him from shelter life—and he'll be right.