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
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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I've had a black cat (or two) in my life since childhood, and they're nothing but amazing. My Rudy, recently departed, was my constant companion, he would follow me from room to room and sit next to me on the couch, with a paw extended or leaning against me. Always had to be touching. I have three cats now, one is black, and she, out of the three is the most affectionate, and social. This has NOTHING to do with the color of her coat, but it does prove that any crazy notions one has about a black coat being different or bad are unfounded.


We love our tuxedo kitten, Guinness. He just has bits of white on his belly and feet. He's a mess, but we love him. I've never had a cat fetch mice or beg to be picked up like this little guy. All cats deserve our love, no matter their color!


We adopted our black cat from a shelter in 2003. Ranigans has brought so much joy to our family. Our little black cat is an angel.


ive had my black cat mudley for 4 years he one of my babies ive had some bad luck but because of him no way

Allison Manzanares

I have 3 Black cats. they are amazing. i love black cats they know when im upset and they come to me and try to make me feel better. Its kinda like they are people to me because i can tell them things that i cant tell peole, But they can't take the place of my very first cat. Five, she was a black cat also ahe would have been 14yrs old this year but she was killed 3yrs ago on Friday the 13. so i really hate these days. people should be loving these cats not killing every year i keep all my cats inside on friday the 13 even if they arent black.


I have 2 black cats and they are both very lovable. I don't believe in the bad luck junk. All they want is unconditional love and that's what they get. Female loves giving hugs and male just plops right down when you start petting him. Wouldn't trade them in for anything they are my babies.


i have had black cats off and on my whole life and they have done nothing but love me play and bring good luck i have one now that is just to dang cute he walks like a bull dog and crys when he wants me to love on him so all the rumors abbout black cats being evil or bad luck is so false

My brother Mercy is a black cat. He is super lucky to have been rescued from the street and we are super lucky to have him as a member of our family. He has a sweet personality and we love him.


I have had three wonderful black cats in my life. Each on was a rescue and was so loving. Midnight was my first and was the sweetest thing. Trick and Treat were adopted together. Such playful boys who could not love them?!


We have two black cats, one big, silly and furry (Looks just like 'Bad Kitty' from the cartoon) with googly gold eyes, and the other is sleek, handsome, styish and speaks French (although he pretends he doesn't) with the sweetest personality ever. Both of them 'found' us and we couldn't be happier with them.