Black Cats Are Awe­some

Our Star Cat Photo Con­test Win­ner is on a mis­sion to show­case black cats and boost adop­tion rates

Modern Cat - - Contents - PHO­TOGRAPHED BY LIZ STAVRINIDES

Our Star Cat Photo Con­test Win­ner is on a mis­sion to show­case black cats and boost adop­tion rates.

* Thanks to our amazing Star Cat Con­test spon­sor Sure Pet­care!

Erin Rich and her black cat Marten are on a mis­sion to show the world how awe­some black cats are.

Erin her­self is a con­vert. At a cat show, en route to check out the Maine Coons, Erin hap­pened upon a Safe Cat Foun­da­tion Res­cue booth. “There was a cage full of orange kit­tens, which I went straight to,” she rec­ol­lects. “Then we saw a cage with a sin­gle black kit­ten. Why was he all by him­self? I as­sume to show­case his awe­some­ness.”

Ev­ery kit­ten Erin had ever held had been “a tor­nado of teeth and Vel­cro mit­tens.” But Marten flopped over in her arms like noth­ing could bother him and purred up a storm.

It was love at first sight—the kit­ten that would come to be called Marten had found his for­ever home.

Marten’s route to bud­ding so­cial me­dia star was or­ganic. En­am­oured, Erin was bor­der­line spam­ming her Face­book friends with kit­ten pho­tos. Fig­ur­ing that would get old quickly, she started a pro­file for him. He quickly amassed a fol­low­ing be­yond Erin and her hus­band’s friends. Then, in Au­gust 2016, the day af­ter she was laid off from her mar­ket­ing job of twelve years, she de­cided to make an In­sta­gram ac­count, pulling out her good cam­era and tak­ing her pho­tos of Marten more se­ri­ously. “I’ve had an in­cred­i­ble time re­new­ing my love of pho­tog­ra­phy through photo shoots with such a fun and beau­ti­ful sub­ject,” she en­thuses, adding, “You can make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s and an­i­mals’ lives, even if your route seems like an un­con­ven­tional one.”

Along the way, she’s be­come a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for black cat adop­tion. “From my ex­pe­ri­ence, black cats are the sweet­est, smartest, and most loyal cats out there. All cats de­serve good homes, but there’s just some­thing spe­cial about hav­ing a black cat in your home. With a large per­cent­age of cats en­ter­ing shel­ters be­ing black cats [ac­cord­ing to the RSPCA, black cats are the hard­est to adopt out in shel­ters], it’s very im­por­tant to not pass them up just be­cause of their colour. Eu­thana­sia rates for black cats are high, and we need to try to get those num­bers down. Some stud­ies even show that black cats are of­ten health­ier than other colours. Plus, black goes with ev­ery­thing!”

We couldn’t agree more. Fol­low @pe­cu­liarpan­ther to keep up with Marten’s life, and @black­cat­sofig for your dose of black cat fun and ed­u­ca­tion.

StarCat ER WINN black cats rules!

Erin Rich & Marten

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