Good Luck to Black Cats

Leanne thought up the good and apt title for this article to go with the poster of some of the Kays Hill black cats, past and present. See Kays Hill Gingers past and present. To new visitors, Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary is located in Bildershaw, County Durham DL14, in the north of England. It provides a shelter for many different animals including cats, of course.

Beautiful black cats
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Beautiful black cats. Poster by Ruth aka Kattaddorra. Cats from Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary.

I agree with her, black cats do need all the luck they can get because they are so often passed over by adopters in favour of other coloured cats.

This is sad because black cats are equally as beautiful, intelligent and loving as any other colour of cat.

Do you have a black cat or have you had one in the past or know one or even have photos of any black cats?

Useful links
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FULL Maine Coon guide - lots of pages
Children and cats - important

Let’s all celebrate beautiful black cats by sharing them here as Leanne has done.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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55 Responses

  1. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    Coming anytime soon…tortoiseshell cats, the poster is with Michael now.

  2. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    So, next we have tortoiseshell cats, I think Americans call them calicos? Leanne has sent me the photos, hopefully the article and poster will be coming over the weekend, get your tortie/calico pics ready everyone.

  3. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    So everyone, what colour next?

  4. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    One of our much missed girlz Ebony and Popsy together

  5. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    This is Narla who lives near us, she was in next door too for a while as she got her under false pretences, but when the cats were abandoned she went back to her previous home

  6. Rose says:

    All such beautiful black cats πŸ™‚
    I don’t have any photos on my computer but I do enjoy looking at others.

  7. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    This is Kizzy who lived next door too
    R.I.P since June 2010

  8. Barbara says:

    Here’s Tyson another one of the neighbouring cats taken in 2008, she was sadly removed and PTS by the RSPCA in 2011, she was long haired like Popsy.

  9. Barbara says:

    This isn’t a very good photo but it’s Gimpy one of the abandoned cats who was renamed Gerty when she was rescued by Leanne and Kevin and who sadly died before she could be rehomed,her story is told somewhere on POC

    • leanne (kays hill animal sanctuary) says:

      poor little gerty, i hope she is happy and unafraid now, where no-one can hurt her. i know she was happier when she was with marcus, another beautiful but unloved and unwanted cat. i think they found happiness in each other. when b/w week comes around a photo of marcus will be included.

  10. Barbara says:

    There are some lovely photos on here and doesn’t it just prove that black cats are all individuals, I’ve seen no two alike in my lifetime.
    Here is my little Popsy, so much loved and missed, born October 19th 2000 died far too young August 16th 2006, in this photo from 2002 she was helping her daddy to start to make the little cat cabins that you’ve seen in our garden

    • leanne (kays hill animal sanctuary) says:

      what a pretty cat barbara, such a sweet face.

      • Barbara says:

        Everything about her was sweet Leanne, I used to tell her she was a wonderful cat and she was in every way, even now almost 7 years after losing her it hurts like hell, I like to think she’s with her daddy and they’re happy together as they were here.

  11. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    What a plethora of gorgeous black cats Leanne has instigated with her photos, I’m in ecstasies of delight looking at them all and admiring them, I could look at cats all day, I do sometimes just sit and watch our two and they never stop fascinating me.
    Walt and Jo are waiting for the black and whites turn, then they intend to show themselves off even more than we’ve already done lol

  12. Dorothy says:

    Here is another. His eyes are very striking if you can get him to look at you.

  13. Dorothy says:

    Everyone seems to have taken good pictures of their black cat! I’ve tried I for days now to get a good shot of Shadow, who is a time share cat. He belongs to my neighbor, but he has never missed a meal at my house. He is YellowCat’s constant companion and the two are a hoot to watch together. Here is my best attempt so far.

    • leanne (kays hill animal sanctuary) says:

      he is ‘allowing’ this photo to be taken only on the understanding that there will be food at the end of it!!. his face just says ‘oh all right, but hurry up and get it over with!!’ lol

  14. Marc says:

    Here’s Lilly with a couple of her minions πŸ™‚

  15. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    This is our Ebony who died in 2007 aged 17, this picture has Bryan in too, this is just after we moved here from our old home. Both had settled in beautifully.

    • Michael says:

      You can see the rust in Ebony’s cat just like Charlie’s coat. Totally normal for black cats. I like the little ramp and perch. That’s smart. Bryan was a very solid cat. Looks like he was a larger than average cat.

    • Marc says:

      Ebony is beautiful and so is her name. And also Brian – his fur pattern is really nice and special for a tabby, I love the big heavy stripes on his front legs. She looks quite big. My Lilly is a very small cat indeed. I have a bit of a crush on Brian having seen a few photos of him.

  16. Michael says:

    These are black cats that have lived with Harvey Harrison on Turkey. I have uploaded them for him. This is what Harvey says:

    Here are a few of my black cats past and present in chronological order, the first one being the earliest ones. White Chulita is the mother of both the solid black and solid white kittens. The second to last one, Kiara, is part of a colony at Flippers Holiday Village. 2 of them grew up to be LH’d Angoras.

    Black cat

    Black cat in Turkey

    Black cat in Turkey

    Black cat in Turkey

    Black cat in Turkey

    Black cats in Turkey
    Kiara on left

    Black cat in Turkey
    Chulita & kittens

  17. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    This is Kitty I brought home from the vets as a tiny kitten for our late mother just after she was widowed back in 1974. She was brought in covered in candy floss, the person who had rescued her said kids had been using her as a football. She grew into a beautiful cat, a real character and a great comfort to our mam.

    • Michael says:

      Outstanding cat. Beautiful coat.

    • leanne (kays hill animal sanctuary) says:

      dosnt she look beautiful with her coat blowing in the wind.

    • Marc says:

      Ebony is beautiful and so is her name. And also Brian – his fur pattern is really nice and special for a tabby, I love the big heavy stripes on his front legs.

    • Marc says:

      She is stunning – I love the long fur. Looking at her sitting there like that I can’t believe how offensive human beings are to use her for anything. She looks so wonderful, and strong, and truly beautiful creature on this planet whos instinct is in keeping with a natural order of things. When I think of little children being cruel ‘for fun’ to her I just want to kick them around. Humans are the true inventors of cruelty.

      What a lovely cat she must be.

  18. Centuries of “SUPERSTITION” is responsible for many cultures having a prejudice against the “BLACK CAT”.As for me, the “BLACK CAT” is one of the most beautiful cats, a miniature of the “BLACK PANTHER”.No wonder the “BOMBAY CAT” which is jet black in colour was given the name keeping in mind the panthers of the national park in Mumbai i presume.

  19. Michael says:

    Here are three black cats that were (are) part of the Elisa Black-Taylor family:

    • Marc says:

      …and she probably wasn’t as sad about it as you were and still are. Poor girl, she looks lovely.

    • Marc says:

      They are all so pretty Elisa. Sealy has very soulful eyes doesn’t he. He’s been through an awful lot. Cassie and Midnight are also gorgeous. Cassie’s eyes are wide open in the photo, can opener? πŸ™‚

  20. Michael says:

    Here is a semi-stray cat I called Pippa. She was killed on the road outside the flats. She was a small, totally black cat. She had a very sweet character. The owner knew she was going on the road because I told her face to face. She looked at me as if I was a crazy. She saw her cat die as Pippa was hit by the car in front of hers as she drove home.

  21. Barbara says:

    Charlie is lovely, his face is so serene, he could never be boring. All these gorgeous pics of beautiful black cats makes me wonder wherever people get the idea that black cats are boring and all the same, every little face on the poster is as different as human faces are and likewise their personalities are all different. I love black cats, we’ve had three girls all different and all lovely and sadly all gone now and much loved and missed and later on we’ll be adding their photos because like Michael we never want to miss a chance of showing off our feline family. Thanks to Leanne and Ruth for sharing these furry images I hope any black cats at Kays Hill at the moment have some luck and get new homes soon.

  22. leanne (kays hill animal sanctuary) says:

    who knows what it is, but we see it time and again. these beautiful cats are overlooked as ‘boring’ by people who want a ‘prettier’ coloured cat. 1 of those pics, actually 2 of those pics, are of our own beautiful jerry. sadly no longer with us, physically anyway. there was nothing boring about our jerry! he was full to overflowing with character, like ollie now, people used to come just to see him and bring him special treats, i’m sure the others were jealous!! lol. who cares what colour a cat, dog, human, rabbit, whatever, is, its whats beneath the skin that truly matters. thank you ruth, once again, for being my I.T. girl!! charlie is a handsome boy michael.

    • Marc says:

      Thanks for sharing photos of your beautiful black cats Leanne. People seem to want other coloured cats but black cats have their own special kind of beauty. The black cat is a real symbol.. With black cats you only see their silhoutte and eyes sometimes because of the lighting. They can be very hard to photograph. Personally I think those factors alone make them special. My Lilly has an amazing character she really does. She just loves to play and she’s very active. She is the most enthusiastic and passionate cat I have ever met I think. I don’t think she ever gets bored to be honest. Perhaps sometimes frustrated if there’s no one to play in a moment but basically she’s busy checking or exploring or playing – always something going on and she is very expressive too – she tells you when she’s frustrated or wants you to play or something. Just this morning I was on my computer and she started bringing toys and dropping them on my feet. She especially likes the ones which are wands with strings or ribbons so you hear her coming because she’s dragging them along the floor all the way through my flat to where I am making funny little chirps and noises asking to play. She’s something so special. Sounds like your Jerry and Ollie were and are the same – I sometimes wonder if black cats have more active, passionate and busy characters than others. My Lilly has started getting quite cuddly too now that she is about 3 years old or a bit more maybe. Before she didn’t have time for cuddles because she was busy batting bottle caps around, on her own if no other human or cat would join in.

      I love black cats and I think they are very beautiful but I agree they are different at first glance aesthetically but they are no less beautiful, just different, they have beautiful bright eyes which contrrast their dark fur and they look so different in different lights, times of day and so on. They are invisible at night too. Very special indeed.

  23. Michael says:

    There is no doubt that black cats are underrated. They are just as beautiful as any other cat. People like black cars but not black cats. Strange. Must be the witchcraft thing still haunting modern life.

  24. Michael says:

    Thanks Leanne and Ruth for getting the pictures together. That was very good of you. It gives me the chance to show off Charlie again! Boring…..I think this is one of the better pictures. He looks debonair in it. Black cats are handsome:

    Link to the page.

    • Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

      Charlie is so very handsome, I just love him and want to stroke his gorgeous shiny fur and kiss the top of his head like I do our boyz and they love it.

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