A cat rehoming centre says for the first time ever all its felines are BLACK – because they don’t look good in SELFIES.
The rescue shelter is currently looking after 40 moggies – but none of them are ginger, tabby or tortoiseshell.
They are all black and centre founder Christine Bayka says it is not because they are traditionally associated with superstition, bad luck or witchcraft.
She says they are being rejected by prospective owners because darker cats photograph badly and don’t look good in selfies.
Christine, 67, set up cat rehoming centre The Moggery 21 years ago, and says the situation is worse now than it has ever been.
She said: “It’s worse now because black cats don’t show up in selfies.
”Now everybody wants to take selfies and put them on Facebook. It’s a very narcissistic use of social media.
“It happens all the time, I will go through all the questions and say ‘are you flexible about colour?’ Then they will say, ‘yes, as long as it’s not black.’
“It’s an increasing problem, it wasn’t like this 20 years ago.
“Over 20 years of having difficulty rehoming black cats, it’s definitely got harder because of selfies.”
In preparation for ‘kitten season’ – between April and September – The Moggery is encouraging owners of black cats in Bristol to take their cats to be neutered in February, with the charity covering the cost.
Christine added: “We are trying to get people to neuter their black cats in February.
it’s important young black cats are neutered before they get any big ideas.”
The Moggery is in Bishopston, Bristol.