Do black cats live longer?

The question in the title is asking if black cats are healthier than other cats and therefore live longer. The answer is imprecise. You'll see references on the internet to an NIH (National Institutes of Health) article about the genetic mutation causing the black fur to offer some added protection to the cat in terms of health but I can't find that article after a careful search. There are no studies on this. There is nothing but weak anecdotal evidence that black cats live longer. I don't believe that they do until someone pulls a rabbit out of a hat and tells me that I am wrong!

Black cats audition for a Hollywood movie. Ralph Crane The LIFE Picture Collection/Shutterstock
Black cats audition for a Hollywood movie.
Ralph Crane The LIFE Picture Collection/Shutterstock.

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