Writing about dinner yesterday got me thinking about these photos of some kitties who live with one of my friends, a fellow foster parent. I snapped them at dinner time as we were preparing for an adopter to visit.
What do you notice about these kitties? Well, yes, they are up on the kitchen counter, bad kitties, but they were awfully excited about dinner. I mean, what is the overall visual impression here? I see black. I see a sea of black. And a little white for contrast. Isn't that interesting? A house full of black and white cats.
It turns out that black cats are the slowest to be adopted, a fact which leaves me mystified. I love black cats. They're so practical. They rarely shed, and when they do, the hair is black. Which means it's much harder to see on your clothes and furniture, anyway. But they're also harder to see in photographs, and since many adopters search for kitties on PetFinder these days they don't compete as well as their more photogenic compatriots. Which occasionally leads to pictures like these: a foster home enriched in black and tuxedo.
There was a cute story making the rounds about a shelter that changed the name of one of their long-term black residents to "Jelly Bean". They were amazed when that cat was quickly adopted, and proceeded to name all of their black cats Jelly Bean, hoping to continue cashing in on that subliminal association. In fact, we read that story about the time the Sausages were born. That's Jelly, the tuxedo front and center on the kitchen counter. Not Jelly Bean, but Jelly Belly. I'll have to tell you the story of the Sausages some time.
The other interesting thing to note in the photo are the tails. Straight up. Veeerrry interested in what's going on, which is dinner.
The can is temporarily on the floor, with kitties following. Just one can, though, which means that most can't get to it, so tails are still raised high as interest mounts.
At last, food on dishes, and the tails are now in I'm-busy-eating mode.
Beautiful. If you're thinking about adopting a cat, don't forget to look at the black ones.