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Debunking the Black Cat Myth

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 10:45am

Black cats have never had it easy. In fact, they have long been considered bad luck and unfairly linked to witchcraft for centuries. With it being Friday the 13th, we think it’s the perfect time to put some common assumptions about black cats to the test.

Black Cats Bring Bad Luck
False. In reality the color of a cat's coat has nothing to do with good or bad luck. And just for the record, in many other cultures, a black cat is a prized pet. In places like Japan and the British Isles, they’re even thought to bring their pet parents good luck!

Black Cats Are Evil
False. Sure they may jump on the kitchen counter or use your favorite chair as a scratching post. And just maybe they even try to nibble your toes while you sleep. All cats can be playful. But evil? We think not.  

Black Cats Are Often Unwanted
True.
Ask any shelter or rescue worker and they will tell you—black cats are the hardest to get adopted. In fact, they are only half as likely to find homes as other cats. So, what’s the problem? An unfairly earned reputation? Yep.   

Black Cats Make Awesome Pets!
True. Black cats may get a bad rap, but really they're just as lovable as the next furry feline. So help us turn their luck around.Share this article with your friends, and consider adopting one of the cuties currently available at the ASPCA Adoption Center!  

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Brett R

I loved my black cat Loki...whenever I came home at night from work he would always run out of the wood beside my house to greet me and come inside to sleep... just really sad i had to give him away since i was unable to keep him...its like losing a best friend after 8 years...

Justine

Black Cats Are Often Unwanted
This is precisely why I LIKE black cats. I too have often been misjudged by my 'cover'.

Ask any shelter or rescue worker and they will tell you—black cats are the hardest to get adopted. In fact, they are only half as likely to find homes as other cats. So, what’s the problem? An unfairly earned reputation? Yep.

Audrie

Black cats are the best! Kema was my baby girl and the only pet in the house to TRULY accept the new baby when he got here. She would lay right by his legs and never do anything but purr and keep him warm. We lost her about six months ago and the hole in my heart still hurts. When I adopt another cat you can bet it will be a black one! One down side though...in the dark, they are all but impossible to see. Worth it? I think so!

Lisa

I actually have 2 black cats (completely by accident). They are cats, reguardless of color, they give love unconditionally, what more can I say. It is time that people put aside the old Wives Tales and Suspicions and become educated adults. GROW UP!

Jeffery W. Porter

I have two black cats. One has two different colored iries! they have never been bad luck to me or anyone. simply silly

Bruce Bromley

The only thing I worried about when I had black cat was tripping over him by accident in the middle of the night. I can't believe in this day and age some people still think that way.

Debbie Magnin

i have two black cats and they are wonderful and loving never an ounce of bad luck.

Debbie Magnin

people can be so stupid with such misconceptions no matter the color of a cat they are not bad luck.

Connie Moody

One of our nearby shelters is running a Black Cat Special today - All black cats are only $13 today!

Jessica

Black cats are gorgeous! I picked my boy Mercury out of a friend's unwanted litter BECAUSE he was the only black one. That was over 13 years ago now, I was 19 when I took him home and I'm now 32, married, with 2 kids. And he is still my big, happy, sweet little kitty man.

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