I have recently been watching the branding of
pet foods more closely than usual. I have always been interested in advertising
anyway so I suppose this is just one way in which my interest is expanding. One
thing I have realised is that black cats are rarely used on the packaging.
Wondering why, I went home to my three cats, called for Cola, my black cat, who
came bouncing through the garden and tried to picture him on an advert whilst
fussing over him a little.
Now, I also have a tabby and a very dark tabby (you can’t
really see any stripes anymore but his coat has a grey base which you can see
if his fur moves through the wind) and know that Purina have used tabby cats
before which is perhaps to do with their dark packaging. Grey cats are quite
popular models with all the gourmet ranges I have noticed and of course, who
can forget the classic black and white Felix?
I then went into the kitchen cupboard and got out the Hill’s Science Plan and, yes, more tabbies.
With the white background they have on their packaging, surely a black cat
would be emphasized and would make a statement? Feeling sorry for Cola
(stupidly, I know, why should he care about whether he could be a model or
not?) I began to wonder whether there is a deficiency of black cats in
advertising because there is still a stigma attached that they bring bad luck…
I searched online looking at images of cat foods and
discovered that, indeed there are no black cats on any of them (there has to be
at least one somewhere), but also that tabbies really are everywhere! I would
have thought that the message that pet food companies, such as Eukanuba, are trying to get across would be
that they sell affordable food for all cats. Tabbies seem unique in my mind
because of their markings so if I were in pet food advertising the classic
black cat would be my port of call in order to encase a large demographic. Perhaps
I should consider training my tabby to become a model, though, rather than my
lovely black cat…
This is a guest post (by a fellow cat lover)