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Black cats suffer prejudice

Saturday, 7th June, 2014

Ben Liddell and Tiara Curnock, pictured with their daughter Alaska (1), say their black cat Shinku hasn’t brought them any bad luck. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Ben Liddell and Tiara Curnock, pictured with their daughter Alaska (1), say their black cat Shinku hasn’t brought them any bad luck. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

An animal shelter has recently found out that black cats suffer ‘bad luck’ prejudice, but the local RSPCA said it’s a bad time for cats.

Black cats are half as likely to be adopted as other felines because they’re associated with bad luck, an overstretched Perth animal shelter has found.

The Cat Haven said black cats often remained at its Shenton Park facility longer than others - some for months - which was a big expense for the charity and took its toll on the overlooked felines.

But BH RSPCA Shelter Manger Merridy Wall said they adopt out black cats with some ease.

“We quite often adopt out black cats,” she said.

“I haven’t heard of people not adopting black cats because they are superstitious, or people bringing them in because of that reason.”

Ms Wall said black cats were not the most common cats in shelters.

“We get a lot of tabby cats, we do get black and white ones,” she said.

“We have periods of black cats coming in ... but it’s usually a mix.”

Ms Wall said the RSPCA currently had a lot of cats.

“It’s a bad problem throughout the state,” she said.

“We recently sent 35 kittens to Queensland; they were flown over.

“We also transferred adult cats to Dubbo and had two more lots of kitten transfers to Sydney.

“Plus we still have enough cats to keep us busy. It’s been a really bad year for cats.”

Ms Wall said the RSPCA was lucky to be able to move so many cats.

“The kitten season has gone on longer than normal - it usually slows down when it is cooler,” she said.

“But we are still getting them in.”

It was a timely reminder to desex your cats.

“It is extremely important to desex your cat,” Ms Wall said.

“Or if you are looking for a cat, we have a selection.”

Ben Liddell and Tiara Curnock own a black cat, four-year-old Shinku.

They rescued Shinku when he was going to the pound to be put down.

They say he hasn’t brought them any bad luck and is very good with their young daughter.

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