Do black-cat myths put animals in real danger?

A Colorado State University study that analyzed nine years of data from one site and 18 from another found pervasive superstitions about black cats might be putting them at greater risk of disease and euthanasia. "Our results suggest that it requires approximately three more days for adult black cats to be adopted compared to cats with black as a primary coat color, such as 'tuxedo' cats, and it takes four to six more days for black cats to be adopted when compared to cats of other colors," said CSU human-animal interactions expert Lori Kogan. More time in a shelter potentially translates to greater disease exposure and a higher risk that cats will be euthanized.

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