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 was always a dog person and now I have two black cats. I have a boy and a girl I love them dearly. They are not only the best looking cats (in my opinion), but the most loving and playful as well. Both of my cats love to be around people and are very sweet. They also have a very fun playful side. I do worry around Halloween when all of the crazy and sick people go after black cats, but I would never trade mine. To put it plain and simple black cats have gotten a bad rap and have been stereotyped.


I have a black cat named Binxen. She is wonderful. I sought her out because she was black. She is the softest cat I've ever pet & she cuddles with me every night. I've never loved a pet more!


I have three black cats, all of them siblings. They were abandoned in front of my church two summers ago when they were two weeks old. My husband and I bottle fed them and now they are all grown up. They are the most beautiful cats and so sweet. I swear they think they are dogs because they follow us everywhere. I must admit I am very protective of them because they are black and I've heard of people doing HORRIBLE things to black cats. Never judge a book by it's cover!


We've had Harold (our pitch black Bombay) since he was a little tyke and he's now 11 years old. He's the best cat. In addition, he and our 13 y/o Ragdoll/Coon cross helped to raise our now 6 year old Catahula. All of our 4-legged beasties were rescues either from the Humane Society or from another rescue organization.

M Smith

Unfortunately a cat being born with a black coat is almost a death sentence! Not only are they wrongfully associated with witch craft/black magic, they are a symbol used during Halloween. I used to be a vet tech & we once had someone bring in a dead black cat they had found right around Halloween. Someone had skinned it...while it was still alive! I couldn't believe someone coud do such a thing! Because of this I made it a point to adopt only black cats . I have 2 & they have crossed my path many times & no bad luck here!! If anything I think black cats tend to have more personality! I adore mine! They have been there for me when no one else was! I think their color makes them gorgeous! If you have black cats PLEASE bring them inside around Halloween!!

Linda V

I have 4 black cats--all rescues kept out of shelters and away from cruel, ignorant, and superstitious humans--because of these unwarranted myths.


I have one eyed black cat named Peter the Pirate. I love him so much because he is so sweet and very friendly with people. He is a big cuddle bug who loves to be in my lap at anytime and anywhere. I used to think black cats were bad luck but it turns out Peter gives me so much good luck in my life :-) Don't judge by its color for any animals!