The REAL Scary Truth about Black Cats

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 11:15am

Have you heard the myth that black cats are unsafe in October, in part because witches may try to adopt them for rituals? We sure have. But guess what? Top ASPCA experts agree that it’s just not true.

Unfortunately, the truth is kinda scary, too: Year-round, black cats are the least likely to get adopted in shelters across the U.S. In fact, black animals in general take more time to find homes, says Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the Adoption Center.

At the ASPCA, we LOVE black kitties. (Some of our friendliest cats, like Marissa, are black—yet Marissa has waited more than nine months to find a family. What’s up with that?)

Aside from the most important reason to adopt black kitties—that they really need extra help finding homes—here are a few reasons to take home one or two:

  • Their fur won’t show on your little black dress.
  • You can tell your kids you adopted a mini panther.
  • Black cats go with everything.
  • In most cultures, black cats are a sign of good luck.
  • You already know black cats are awesome—you have one at home! If you’ve got a great black kitty, tell us about him or her in the comments. You just might persuade someone else to give these felines a little extra attention.




my dad prefers to have a black cat but loves all kitties as do i. I am not a big fan of orange cats but have had one in the past. I find colour doesn't matter they are all adorable. But dad's black cat Bruce is a big 25lb suck.


We have 2 black cats that we rescued when their momma showed up in labor at a friend's house. She had 6 kitties. Two of them were black. My friends kept the momma and the 4 kittens and we kept the black ones, they are brother and sister. They are sooo sweet. The boy, who we've named Casanova is a real lover, he loves to sit on your lap and purrrrrrr all day while you scratch him behind his ears. His sister, Calypso, falls asleep in your arms, she'll lay in the fold. They love attention and make sure that every time you pass by them in the house, to let you know they're there so you can pet them. I would adopt Marissa in a heartbeat if I could, but I also have 2 more rescue cats and 3 shih-tzu dogs, one of them is in full coat, so busy busy. Black cats definitely deserve a chance though.


I have 2 tuxedo kitties and 3 black cats. Our most recent furry black family member showed up at our house in August as a tiny kitten. I have no idea where he came from, but I wondered whether someone culled him from a litter because he's black. Our black cats have brought us nothing but good luck and much, much love.


I have two black kitties, and they talk and chirp, and are very loving.


Wouldn't adopt anything but! They are the most wonderful, the sweetest and full of personality.

Brenda Slone

I have 2 black cats and my neighbor has 1. They are wonderful and special just like all pets. Their color doesn't matter except they are glossy and pretty. LOVE BLACK CATS!


We adopted our black cat, Lucky, from our local shelter two years ago. He was missing a leg, but that hasn't stopped him from being an active fun loving member of our family!! He loves to play with our dogs and is friendly and loves to cuddle!!


A friend found a tiny black kitten near her home, the minute I saw him I knew he needed my help. He was barely alive and barely a week old. I brought this little guy back to life. I was never a 'cat' person but somehow he changed my mind. His name is Angelo, he is 10 years old and he is our mini panther.... 17 lbs. Everyone that meets him instantly likes him, he has the biggest personality. He rules our house.... But it is because he is the sweetest boy! He loves to cuddle and has learned tricks like 'sit' and fetch. I've never believed the myths people say about black cats, they are absolutely beautiful creatures. They all deserve a good home.


I have 2 black cats, Aleister and Licorice-both the sweetest of all my animals!

Terren L Brown

We have a black cat that adopted us exactly one year ago. Being the owner of a Doxie and yellow lab, I was concerned when he started coming around. He kept hanging around and the dogs began to accept him. Today he is just as much a family member to us as the dogs are. I can't imagine him not being a member of the family now. He loves to be scratched and is such a loving cat. He sleeps and eats with the dogs, and greets people at the door as if he is the host. Don't let the color of the fur scare you, ours has brought nothing but good luck to us.