Black Cat Appreciation Day – A Tribute to Hugh!

Every year on 17th August cat lovers show their appreciation for black cats around the world. In addition, Cats Protection in the UK celebrates Black Cat Day on 27th October every year. A great time to get people thinking about gorgeous black cats in the build up to Halloween.

Black Cat Appreciation Day and Black Cat Day were both created to help raise awareness of the troubles faced by shelters when homing black cats.


Due to old fashioned superstition, some people believe black cats are unlucky. Some prefer to take home more interesting colours and markings such as tabby or ginger cats. For whatever reason, black cats in shelters all over the world are often overlooked and can take much longer to find a loving home.

So, if you plan on adopting a new cat or kitten, don’t forget that black cats make just as loving companions as all other cats!

To mark the occasion, we’ll be celebrating all black cats, past and present. Here, Simon pays tribute to his furry friend Hugh (2005 – 2015).

“I got Hugh from a friend who lived in Yorkshire back in 2005. He was one of a litter of kittens born in a shed. It was a very long drive home, but after a little bit of noise, he slept all the way”

“As a kitten Hugh used to climb all over me and inspired me to make the first Simon’s Cat film – Cat Man Do.

Black Cat Appreciation Dat - Hugh

“Hugh was a lovely, kind natured cat who was always hungry and would turn up 8pm every night without fail. He had a high-pitched mew that was unique to him, which he used frequently to remind me it was feeding time.“

“One of his tricks was to turn up early in the morning and wake me up by sucking my ear. This was cute when he was a kitten, bit it became a bit of a problem when he grew to the size of a small panther!”


“He also loved snow and would run around burying his front paws in it. To me, this looked like he was trying to make snowballs. The film Snow Business was inspired by Hugh and his antics in the snow.”


“Hugh was a tough, solid built cat who stood his ground against the neighbour’s ginger tom cat. Now of course Hugh is gone, the ginger tom has started to come back and reclaim his old stomping ground.”


The memories of Hugh will continue to inspire my work and that way, he will live on forever!”

Black Cat Appreciation Day - Hugh

Black Cat Appreciation Day - Hugh

Hugh – (2005 – 2015)

You can find out how Simon’s other cats, Jess, Maisy and Teddy also give him inspiration for his work – in Simon’s Real Cats!