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.


13 Comments on “Giuseppe”

  1. […] few weeks ago I posted, Giuseppe, a close-up of just Giuseppe’s face as he intently looked past me out the window at a […]

  2. Eve LeCrosse says:

    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. Harry says:

    As you know, we’re incredibly fond of black cats here… thanks for continuing to spread the word of their plight, and virtues!

    • animalartist says:

      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…

  4. Beautifully written – and my black kitty, Star, agrees!

  5. 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!

    • animalartist says:

      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.

  6. 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!

  7. animalartist says:

    Oh, I hear a certain kitty named Daisy from Ontario is smitten with my Giuseppe!

  8. Jeannie St. John Taylor says:

    Love the article. I had no idea.


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