A bird was twittering at the feeder outside the window, captivating.
Black cats are very difficult to adopt out of shelters or most other rescue/adoption facilities. Why? Superstition? Fear? They don’t take good photos?
Personally, I think it’s the last fact. The human eye is attracted to color and pattern, and black cats have sleek silhouettes but no further details unless you really look. Once your eyes adjust to the subtleties of texture and muted highlight and shadow, you see a graceful form underneath, glowing eyes no matter the color, shining whiskers against the black of the shadows around the jaw and chin.
Aside from years spent with intelligent and loving cats I’ve never felt they’ve changed my luck, and there is nothing to be fearful of—the next thing Giuseppe is going to do is lean forward and tap his nose against mine, then drag his face across my cheek, first one side then the other in a gentlemanly European manner, that is, when I remove the large black machine with the one big eye from my face.
If you’re looking for a cat to adopt during Adopt a Cat month, look closely at the black cats that are available, you’ll see elegant beauty you’ve never noticed before. Trust me, I live with five of them, I study them every day.
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