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01st Mar 2018

Black Panther is apparently having a huge affect on the adoption of black cats

Keeley Ryan

We’re so here for this.

Black cats have often been thought of as ‘bad luck’, which can sometimes lead to them have some difficulties finding a forever home.

But the new blockbuster, Black Panther, could be changing that.

A Tumblr user based in Colorado claimed that the success of the Marvel  film has led to an increase in the number of black cats being adopted.

A number of the felines have been renamed after some of the characters – although, in one case, it’s led to a bit of confusion.

They wrote:

“My local pet shelters went from having something like 50-60 black cats between them to having NONE, becuase they’ve all been adopted out and named after the characters.

“‘T’challa’ is the most popular, but there are a fair number of ‘Okoye’s and ‘Shuri’s as well.

“…and one very confused Elderly Humane Society Volunteer wondering why someone would name such a sweet cat ‘Killmonger’.”

After some people became concerned that the cats would be abandoned when the “fad” fades, the original poster clarified:

“According to Mary who runs the cattery, these cats are mostly being adopted to people who were looking to adopt *A* cat in general, then see the black kitties and go ‘LIKE BLACK PANTHER’ and take them home, so for once, black cats are being adopted first.”

It’s not immediately clear if the adoption trend is more local, or will be spreading worldwide.

But it’s at least a step in the right direction.