Giuseppe

black cat face
Giuseppe

Always dramatic.

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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  • June 11, 2011 at 2:12 am
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    After having spent the past ten years loving my sleek, beautiful, glossy Gazza, I have a very special fondness in my heart for the black beauties <3

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    • June 12, 2011 at 11:14 am
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      It was one black cat years ago who won my heart over to them as well! I’m glad you found Gazza.

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  • June 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm
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    As you know, we’re incredibly fond of black cats here… thanks for continuing to spread the word of their plight, and virtues!

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    • June 12, 2011 at 11:11 am
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      Harry, a black cat rescued me in college and showed me their inner and outer beauty, so I owe my life to black cats. I’m slowly being brainwashed here–two senior tortie girls with very strong opinions and five black cats, I don’t know where to turn…

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    • June 10, 2011 at 10:28 am
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      The other two boys are getting jealous and demanding equal time.

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  • June 10, 2011 at 12:40 am
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    Beautifully written. I always loved photographing my black kitty, Isis. I’ve shared my life with three black cats, all wonderful souls. Now that I work with an animal rescue, I do see this as an issue and think you’ve written about it very thoughtfully. Thank you!

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    • June 10, 2011 at 10:31 am
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      Anything I can do to help share the love of my black kitties, current and past. What a wonderful name for a kitty–Isis. And thank you for working in animal rescue! I’m hoping that someday we won’t be necessary because there will be no unwanted animals–especially black kitties–but for now our job is to let the world know how wonderful they are, but they still need to be spayed and neutered.

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  • June 10, 2011 at 12:38 am
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    Beutifully written. I always loved photographing my black kitty, Isis. I’ve shared my life with three black cats, all wonderful souls. Now that I work with an animal rescue, I do see this as an issue and think you’ve written about it very thoughtfully. Thank you!

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  • June 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm
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    Oh, I hear a certain kitty named Daisy from Ontario is smitten with my Giuseppe!

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  • June 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm
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    Love the article. I had no idea.

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