Bravo for black cats!

Sooty and Sweep hanging out in gardenOctober 27 is National Black Cat Day. Why have a day to celebrate black cats? Surprisingly for those of us who own a black cat, this colouring is not generally favoured by the public.

A Cats Protection survey of 2000 people found that more than 70 per cent said they wouldn’t adopt a cat based on its colour. But in another survey of 1000 people, CP found that when shown pictures of black, tabby and ginger cats, the respondents perceived that the personality of the black cat would be less playful, friendly, vocal and attention-seeking than the tabby or ginger variety.

As the owner of a playful, friendly, very vocal and incredibly attention-seeking black cat, I find this hard to believe. I also find it difficult to understand why black and white coloured cats are also more difficult to home; nearly half of all the cats in CPs care have this colouring and take longer to be adopted than average. My cat’s two neighbours are black and white (one more white than black, the other more black than white). I might be biased, but I find all three felines very attractive and full of personality.

Apparently, the survey respondents believed that a black cat was less exciting than a tabby or ginger. However, we know that looks don’t determine personality. Black cats have plenty of character and need homes just as much as other colours.

Yes, black cats are sometimes difficult to photograph. I have many pictures of my cat (and her brother who died a few years ago) and in a lot all you can make out is a couple of black blobs. But this isn’t a reason to pass over a black cat if you are thinking of adopting a cat. Just keep taking those snaps and you’ll end up with some real beauties.

In many cultures, black cats are considered good luck. This is the case in Japan and Asia, where the ‘fortune cats’ (the figurines with a raised paw) draw good luck, wealth and prosperity to their owners. These are often white, but also come in black; the black varieties not only bring luck, but also frighten away demons, evil energy and stalkers. The Japanese also believe that a black cat will bring a single woman many suitors (I’d imagine the cat doesn’t drag the suitors in itself!)

In France, it is believed that if a black cat is shown proper respect, such as being given the first bite of dinner and having a nice place to sleep, the cat will reward their owner with wealth and good luck.  There are more tales of the luck black cats can bring here: Heather McKenzie



Lola has kittenish charm

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Lola arrived at Cats Protection Brighton & Hove on 16 October and we expect her to be ready for her new home at the beginning of November. She is an adorable little lady who looks more like a kitten than her actual age of six.

Lola is pretty as a picture and her image could grace any biscuit tin, chocolate box or calendar. Her coat is an exotic mix of tabby, white and orange.

But she is not just pretty as a picture – she is also very affectionate with everyone she has met. She loves attention, climbing up for strokes, head bumps and cuddles. Anyone taking Lola into their family will need to have time to spare as this cutie is so hard to resist!

If you’d like to find out more about Lola, please contact us here: or by phone 01273 610 306

A winning Oscar

2017-10-03 15.36.29The most recent feline to enjoy the hospitality of our outdoor pen is Oscar, a chubby chap with a big personality.

Fosterer Teresa thinks he looks not dissimilar to the late, great Pavarotti, being smartly dressed in a tuxedo-like coat and a little on the large side!

Oscar arrived in our care on 19 September and initially was a little moody and depressed. He also frightened easily, hissing and baring his teeth from the safety of his cat hide. But this didn’t last long and he was soon coming forward for food and displaying his better characteristics.

He now happily potters around his pen and makes full use of his Cats Protection feline fort, which offers a variety of levels on which he can sit and observe the world around him.

Our vet and some blood tests have confirmed that Oscar is in good health. He does lack mobility, but this seems to be down to his weight only. He is on a weight management diet, which includes good quality wet food twice a day. His dry food is provided via a variety of feeding enrichment toys – he has to work to get the food!

Now he is a little lighter, happier, more mobile and very much friendlier. He will occasionally hiss when someone comes into the vicinity but as soon as he realises there is no danger he turns into a real sweetie, accepting lots of strokes.

Oscar will benefit from living with someone who is committed to help him with his weight management plan and to give him love and attention with the occasional playtime to keep him active.

A voice for cats




The political party conference season is getting under way, with the Labour Party conference starting this weekend in Brighton and the Conservatives meeting in Manchester at the beginning of October.

In addition to fostering cats and finding them new homes, Cats Protection ‘speaks up for cats’, lobbying politicians to improve the welfare of the estimated 10.3 million pet cats in the UK. Pet cats go right to the heart of Government, with Larry the latest to take the mantle as Chief Mouser at 10 Downing Street.

We are asking politicians to support our 2022 Agenda for Cats and to back our priority campaigns for the next five years:

 Cats and air guns

We want licensing of air guns in England and Wales, something that is already in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland, to prevent the shooting of cats.

Recent research found that 78% of vets say that air guns injure cats more frequently than other animals. The same research found that nearly eight out of ten people support the licensing of air guns in England and Wales.

Cats Protection believes that licensing air guns will reduce the number of serious cat injuries and fatalities.

 Cats and landlords

We want responsible and reasonable pet policies that allow tenants to keep cats.

Cats entering the UK

We want enhanced border checks, a central record of all cats entering the UK plus tick and tapeworm treatment for all cats prior to entry.

To find out more about how Cats Protection is ‘Speaking up for cats’, visit:

Doris is a darling!


Our latest feline looking for a new home is Doris, a quirky seven year old girl. As you can see, she has a lovely long coat, which is very soft to the touch. Her markings are striking, including a little big and a fetching moustache!

Doris likes a routine, but has an endearing nature and unique personality. She is a little bit shy and would probably enjoy a quiet home environment. Once she gets to know you, she is friendly and vocal. She likes a fuss and will sit next to you on the sofa and have a chat.

She loves food and playing with her catnip toys or a piece of string. She equally enjoys looking out the window, watching the world go by. She would also suit a home with a garden.

If you’d like to find out more about Doris, visit


Meet Bailey and Boo


Our most recent cats up for adoption are brother and sister Bailey and Boo. Confident and easy going, they get along with each other very well and we are looking for a new owner who can take them both.

Bailey, a ginger long-hair, is a very sweet and handsome boy, the bigger and more confident of the two. He is curious and quite intelligent. He has already worked out how to open his fosterer’s kitchen cupboards! He follows his fosterer around and will curl up on any available lap.

Boo, by contrast, is a little more timid, but very affectionate. A beautiful tortoiseshell long-hair, she loves being brushed. She is very gentle and will also settle on your lap.

Bailey and Boo are happy in each other’s company and are often found curled up together or grooming each other. This is why we’d like to rehome them together. Bailey has met a toddler and took it in his stride, although Boo kept her distance.

A pretty tabby twosome

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Mabel has the classic tabby good looks

Mabel and Molly are the two most recent cats to come into Cats Protection care in Brighton and Hove. The sisters, who are around ten years old, could be homed together where there is sufficient space or adopted separately. Like all sisters, they have their ‘moments’ and when they aren’t getting on, they tend to keep their distance. Continue reading