There are a number of reasons why people prefer to feed cat food to ginger and tabby cats rather than black and white ones.
Cats Protection recently revealed that it has more plain black or black and white cats in its rescue centres than any other colour.
As a result, the charity was urging prospective owners to take on a black and white moggy.
Speaking about why there is such a big preference for coloured cats was Danielle Draper, manager of Cats Protection's National Cat Adoption Centre.
She said: "Black and black and white cats are so common, it may be that potential owners see them as unexciting and would rather get a cat with more unusual colouring.
"People may also be concerned that a black cat will not be noticed at night and is therefore more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents and other mishaps."
Ms Draper was keen to point out that owners of black and white cats make the least number of insurance claims.