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Brown cats are hardest to rehome

Brown cats are hardest to rehome

To mark Valentine’s Day, the RSPCA has revealed the ‘most unloved’ types of dogs and cats who struggle to find their perfect match.

The average time it takes to rehome a cat, dog or rabbit in RSPCA care is 39 days, but sadly for some of the animals in the charity's care they have to wait a little bit longer.

The latest data from the charity shows that brown cats seem most likely to be overlooked compared to felines of other colours.

The hardest colour of cats to rehome, and the average number of days they are in care for, are:

  1. Brown – 36

  2. Dark tortoiseshell – 34

  3. Black – 33

  4. White with black patches – 33

  5. Tortoiseshell – 31

Dr Samantha Gaines, pet welfare expert at the RSPCA, said: “The staff who care for our animals day in and day out know just how loveable each and every one is and how different they are from one another but we do find that some breeds and colours take longer to find their perfect match.

“This is probably due to a combination of reasons. For example, size or beliefs about particular breeds and types can stop people from even considering the possibility of adopting an American Bulldog or Staffordshire Bull Terrier. And with so many of the same type of dog in our care or cats with the same coat colour, it can be difficult for individuals to stand out from the crowd despite their great potential. Sadly in some cases, animals are overlooked just because of how they look.

“We would urge anyone looking for a pet to do their research especially as the reputation of a particular breed or type is often undeserved. They should find out if they are a good match for that particular animal to see if they can offer them a loving home.”

One such long-stay cat is Thomas (pictured) who has been at his cattery at RSPCA Block Fen in March, Cambs, longer than any other cat.

He came into RSPCA care in August 2016 after he was found as a stray and had an injury to his face and tail. He was examined by an RSPCA vet and it was found he had a large abscess on the side of his head and his tail had been dislocated. Sadly his tail had to be amputated but Thomas has recovered well from his ordeal and has been looking for his forever home for six months. He is a bit of a worried boy so does not show himself off well in the cattery, but he becomes more confident with people he knows. He loves his food and also really loves to have his tummy tickled.

He would be best suited to a quieter home where he will be the only pet.