According to the RSPCA, there has been a rise in the number of black cats being abandoned by their owners simply because they don’t look good in selfies.
The animal charity has reported that more than 70% of the 1,000 cats in its care are black or black and white, and partly blames the trend for people taking pictures of themselves with their phones.
Blue Cross, another animal charity has also stated to have seen a 65% rise in the number of black cats taken into its care each year between 2007 and 2013.
“In UK folklore, black cats symbolise good luck, yet sadly in reality they are not so lucky,” said an RSPCA spokesperson.
“There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from the fact that black cats are harder to tell apart than cats with more distinctive markings and the fact that black animals tend not to photograph as well.”
“We really are puzzled as to why this still happens but we would urge people to never judge a cat by its colour but instead look at its personality first.”