Black cats don’t always have the best rep — shelters report they have lower adoption rates than animals of any other color. This is totally crazy, of course, since black cats are in fact utterly purrfect specimens of feline-kind. Here are just a few reasons to appreciate them.

1. Like a tuxedo or little black dress, black cats have a timeless sophistication and grace.   


2. They take exquisite photographs...

(Flickr/Iban Torras)

3. And they never go out of style.


5. Ancient Egyptians revered black cats so much, they worshipped one as a goddess.


5. And they're considered lucky in Japan. (There's even a black-cat cat cafe!)


6. Sailors especially thought black cats brought good fortune on a long sea voyage.


7. Superstitions aside, they're the perfectly logical choice.

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8. Black cats will keep watch for you from the shadows.

(Flickr/Jerzy Kociatkiewicz)

9. And instantly blend into your monochrome decor.


10. They have the prowess of a panther...


11. And the ferociousness of a bear.


12. And if you look long enough into their mesmerizing, high-contrast eyes...

(Flickr/Laura D’Allesandro)

13. You just might learn the secrets of the universe.

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In the end, of course… All cats are the best cats. When you’re adopting one, choose a cat whose personality fits your lifestyle and who you connect with — not based on a color!