October is the purrrfect month to talk about black cats. But you may be surprised to learn what Skouters think. More than 1,500 Skout users recently took a survey, and here’s what they had to say:
Think black cats are unlucky? Think again!
- Fifty-nine percent of Skouters think black cats are actually good luck!
Black-cat owners have better luck than Skouters who don’t have black cats.
- Forty-six percent of Skouters who have owned a black cat say they have won a contest or the lottery, versus 40 percent of people who have never owned a black cat).
- Sixty-four percent of Skouters who have owned a black cat have had a near-death experience and lived to tell about it, versus 54 percent of people who have never owned a black cat.
Skouters who believe black cats are bad luck also believe in ghosts.
- Sixty-three percent of Skouters who say black cats are bad luck also believe in ghosts, and 59 percent say they are superstitious.
Irony alert: Most Skouters who think black cats are bad luck have black hair.
- Fifty-nine percent of people who think black cats are bad luck have black hair. Hmmm …
More than one-third of women have dressed up as a black cat for Halloween.
- Thirty-five percent of women surveyed say they have dressed up as a black cat for Halloween.
- A black cat costume is especially popular with redheads – 43 percent of whom say they have worn a black cat costume – and blondes (41 percent).
Cat owners have more friends!
- Seventy-one percent of cat owners have more than four friends, but 66 percent of Skouters who don’t own cats say the same.
Cat owners love black kitties.
- Nearly 75 percent of cat owners have owned a black cat, and the same number of Skouters say they would consider adopting a black cat in the future.
HOW A CAT CAFE HELPS SHELTER CATS
Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, Calif. is devoted to helping shelter cats find new homes in a completely unique way. In fact, we’re the only non-profit cat cafe in existence!
Through my experience as a shelter volunteer, I realized that many cats’ true potential was hidden by cages. Cats thrive in a free-roaming environment — just like us! The goal of Cat Town Cafe is to make cats ready for new homes. This is done through letting cats live in a natural environment — that is, if your idea of a natural environment is a sunny, open space with cat murals, cat condos in the shapes of Bay Area landmarks, and visitors enjoying coffee and tea!
Cat Town’s Adoption Recipe for Success!
Strong foster program.
Free-roaming space for cats and potential adopters.
Partnership with local animal shelters.
The Cat Town Cafe model is so successful that — unlike shelters, where black cats have been known to languish — black cats have about the same adoption rates as other cats. It’s proof that when given the opportunity to shine, cats do!
We’ve found that if we put a black cat in the cat café, where they are relaxed and having fun, people see their wonderful personalities, so they get adopted at about the same rate as everyone else.
Ann Dunn is the president and founder of Cat Town. She started as a cat volunteer at Oakland Animal Services. Ann’s Cat Town Cafe co-founder is Adam Myatt. Also affectionately known as the Cat Man of West Oakland, Adam began his cat journey by photographing cats in his neighborhood and creating Hoodcats.
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