Did you know in the UK Black and white cats spend on average ten days longer waiting to be adopted from shelters than cats of different colours?
I learn about this information from this fabulous website the Tuxedo Cat.
I was in shock when I discovered the figure. Can’t say I am surprise though. If you have ever visited any animal shelters in Ireland, situation is very similar, you will see a lot of black and white cats waiting to be adopted while ginger or tabby cats are usually adopted very quickly.
I had an enjoyable chat with the website owner Dan recently and here is our conversation.
A = Alice
D = Dan
A: I can see you have a special passion towards tuxedo cat. Tell us more about them?
D: Here are 5 fun facts about Tuxedo cats taken from the Tuxedo Cat UK website:
- Beethoven, Sir Isaac Newton and William Shakespeare all had their own tuxedo cat.
- A Tuxedo Cat lived in the Whitehouse during the Clinton era.
- Britain’s most famous Tux cat is Palmerston who resides in the Foreign Office. He made headlines in the summer of 2016 when he had a very public fight with Larry the Downing Street Cat.
- In Britain 75% of all cat are black and white.
- Black and white cats spend on average ten days longer waiting to be adopted from shelters than cats of different colours.
A: Wow! How fascinating! Apart from the Clinton one, I never knew any of the others! How come you come up with the idea of the website?
D: We got our Tuxedo Cat Whisky from Boote Home for Cats in Liverpool back in August 2014. Since then I have visited the rescue home several times and I noticed that there are often a lot of black and white cats in there. This led me to do a bit of research into tuxedo cats, I found out that 75% of all British cats are black and white, consequently they are often overlooked by people looking for a pet as they are considered to be too common. The average tuxedo cat spends ten days longer in cat homes than cats of different colours. I therefore thought that the website would be a great way of championing the Tuxedo Cat cause.
A: I think you are right to bring awareness of this to the public. A lot of cat lovers I spoke to since are as shock as I am about tuxedo cat being overlooked! This is quite sad really as we shouldn’t judge a cat by their colour and tuxedo cats are just like other cats, they are lovely friends and companion to us!
A: Hey Dan, this is a cat blog and of course people want to know about your cat! Can you introduce us to your cat?
D: Whisky is the first cat I have ever had, I’ve always considered myself a dog person, however as my wife and I work it was difficult for us to be able to commit to getting a dog as we are out all day, so we instead decided to get a cat as a bit of a compromise. It was one of the best compromises we have made and I have slowly become more of a cat person! Whisky is a cheeky two and a half years old Tux cat. She is an indoor cat as we live close to a fairly busy road so are a bit nervous about letting her out. And here she is…
A: Hi Whisky! So Dan, what can we do to help the cause of tuxedo cat?
D: Encourage anyone you know who is thinking of getting a cat to get one from a rescue centre and to not overlook a tuxedo cat just because they look common. Also please visit our website and share some of the information about Tuxedo cats on there.
A: Thanks for talking to us today, it has been really eye opening.
D: Thanks for having us.
So please check out the Tuxedo Cat website and share the information to speak up for Tuxedo cats!