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Are Black Cats Healthier? — 15 Comments

  1. I agree with comments regarding black cats that they’re not prone to deseases. I have two black cats for eight years and thank God. I haven’t had any problems with them. They’re adorable and sweet.I found my black cat outside our yard, Daniel a male,survive outside in the cold weather minus 49 he’ve lost the tip of his ears due to the extreme cold weather. I also rescued a female black cat found in our yard, so far so good haven’t had problems with her.She is sweet and loving.I enjoyed their company.

    • Great job, Terry, in rescuing your cats. That puts you in the top bracket of cat owners already in my book. And thanks for telling is about your cats and their excellent health.

  2. My black kitten is so cool I have become one with him lol but really I love him and thanks for all the information it helps..

  3. I have two black cats at the moment and have never had any health problems with them. Other cats I’ve owned—tabbies, torbies, and color points (including an Old-Fashioned seal point siamese)—have also been reasonably healthy in terms of infectious disease, though I have lost 4 of them (domestic shorthair type) to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and 2 colorpoints had severe allergies to fleas compared to other cats. They were all mixed breed, with the exception of the seal-point siamese, so generally benefitted from hybrid vigor. The siamese lived to a ripe old age, but he had chronic problems with urinary tract blockages and infections. My black cats, however, have by far been the healthiest and most vigorous animals.
    But, testimony based on limited personal experience is useless.
    I have lived in a couple of neighborhoods which had very large feral cat populations, and have encountered other colonies routinely as I go about my daily grind. One thing I have noticed is that, as disease, exposure, malnutrition and competition take their tolls on these colonies—and trap/neuter/release efforts reduce the birthrate—the survivors tend to be mainly black cats with a minority of ordinary brown or gray tabbies (short-haired in each case)! Little by little the other colors and the long-hairs drop out. The sickly cats always seemed to be the fanciest looking—white and color points especially—and if injured, they didn’t seem to recover as quickly nor as well compared to the black cats and tabbies.
    I see this kind of pattern in cat colonies all the time. Is this pattern typical, and does it speak to the natural vigor of black cats and tabbies, and to the short-haired form?

    • Thanks for your excellent comment, Cynthia. I’ll convert it to an article today and see if I can add to it by answering your question at the end.

  4. I see no reason this can’t be true. The black cats from our old feral colony are still legend for their hunting skills and their ability to reproduce healthy offspring. Horses have distinct traits that are tied to their skin and coat color, as in skin, hooves etc.

  5. great article, I thought you’d want to correct a spelling error (and it would be purrfect!)

    litter-mate’s should have no apostrophe…. good luck with kitty!

  6. Very interesting. We always took very, very good care of our two black cats (sisters). Jasmine came down w/ some sort of fungal infection in her lungs that we never could get under control, and when the infection began to spread outside of her lungs and into the rest of her body, we had to have her euthanized. The drugs she was on were just awful, and didn’t ever do the job. She was 4 1/2.

    Her sister Sissy came down w/ lymphoma cancer at age 8. I think she had it for at least a year earlier, but we never could get her diagnosed correctly. $38,000 and a bankruptcy later, and after she had been on chemo for one year, we had her euthanized because from all appearances the drugs had stopped working and the cancer had come back, bringing w/ it terrible vomiting episodes that even the anti nausea meds weren’t able to completely control. She was 9.

    So, I guess it just depends.

    • Yes, Steve, as you say it depends. If black cats are healthier it is only ‘generally healthier’. And the difference will be small. There will still be unhealthy black cats for all kinds of reasons such as environmental. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  7. Please see a recent article on the “Catster” website. New research validates that black cats are definitely healthier and are less prone to a number of problems that afflict other cats.

  8. Miss Roxy Doodles is the queen of Caledonia,ms. She’s 13 years old & still acts like a kitten. Always up to something! She’s almost all black,& never had a single health issue

    • I reckon she has those black fur health genes. If more people knew about black cats being healthier they might lose their superstitions about the black cat.

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