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.




I have two gorgeous black cats at home. The first one (Michín) was found by my brother and his friends on a trash can along with the rest of the litter. He and his friends decided to rotate the kittens so that someone would take care of one of them every night. The night that my brother had to be in charge of the kitten I fell in love with him and offered to take care of it until it found a new home. We never found a home for him, we just couldn't part from such a cutie. This was the first cat I ever had and he completely changed my perception of cats. He has been with us for almost 10 years now and he is the prince of the house. He is very talkative, a bit shy, but still playful and sweet. I love seeing his gorgeous hair shine under the sunlight, he is long and elegant and I bet he thinks he is the fanciest cat in town. He is also a big friend of dogs, and used to sleep cuddled with my labrador until she passed away.
Our second Black cat (Ahava, which means love in hebrew) followed my mother back home one day when she was walking our dog. He was just a tiny ball of fur, there was no way we could resist him. He is the chilled one of the family, never in a hurry, never nervous, always extremely cool and acting smooth. He has long hair, a round face and he is really fluffy so he looks like a little bear (I call him my bear-kitty). He is always ready for a pet, and when he's hungry he somehow signals for you to get a hold of his tail and guides you to his plate like on a leash. He is so smart and he lives up to the definition of his name.

I had always been a dog person until I had cats. Now I thank god I don't have to choose sides, I love them both!

Bridgit Rollins

My husband and I have two black cats. A 6 year old female named Coco and a year old male named Bobby. Coco came from the local SPCA and was in the cage by herself. Bobby was adopted from Petco; he too was all alone. Our black kitties have brought us good luck! We love them more than anything in the world. Black cats are the best!


My black cat Budman stood out far and above all the other animals I have ever owned. There are not enough words in any language to describe him. He died in March 2012 at age 20. There is a hole in my heart that can never be filled.

Jean Pula

I had a black cat years ago named Cleopatra. She moved into our yard and would not leave, so she was adopted by my family. She was very smart with a strong personality. Also, she was very loving and cuddly. She has gone to cat Heaven, but she is always missed and remembered. Cleopatra was kept safe inside days before and after Halloween, because some people were still suspicious of black cats.


I wouldn't care what color that he or she would be as long I love they for what and who they are.they are beautiful just they way there are amen

Jane Scott

Gosh looks like a lot of people LOVE black cats..My 94 year old father recently lost his two calico cats, his greatest companions. I happened to have a wonderful (with a small amount of white) cat that I had taken in when it showed up in the middle of a very cold Michigan winte inspite of the fact that I already have 2 cats and a dog. "Radar" had been neutered and declawed when he showed up but NOBODY claimed him. Because he is a quiet, friendly, non aggressive critter, I decided to leave him with my Dad while I was on vacation...It was love at first visit, I have offered to take him home but Dad can't get over the companionship Radar provides. Radar settled in at Dad's without a hitch. I'm sure Dad would agree that there is nothing better than a Black Cat...


I adopted my black kitty from Richmond Animal Care and Control. Her name is Morticia - nickname "Ms. Adams". She is the most affectionate catand she is so beautiful with green eyes and a white beauty mark on her chest. She stands on her two back paws and asks for treats and sleeps on me while I watch TV. She also talks all the time. I couldn't have gotten a better friend:-) I hope more people decide to adopt blak kitties. They are very special animals.




I have a blackie guy named Bagheera. He is named after Bagheera from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (the Disney movie doesn't do him much just). In the book, we learn that Bagheera was born into a traveling circus. His mother didn't want him to live out his life in captivity, so one day when they were backed up into a jungle entrance and the timing was right, his mother lunged at their trainers, giving Bagheera a chance to escape.
Bagheera had no one to show him the way of the jungle.
Fast forward to Mowgli and the council of wolves debating to keep him or giving him up to Shaka Khan, Bagheera steps up in agreement to look after the human boy and teach him the ways of the Jungle.
My Bagheera has been with me for 3 years now (!!). He is my best non-human friend, follows me around, and usually comes back upon hearing his name. Hes a big sissy-lala, but I like to believe he looks after me in his own way..

anita b

I work with a rescue and TNR group. Many of the cats we get are black and most are very friendly and sweet. I had a long haired wonderful black cat I called Colton for over a year. He was wonderful. He seldom shed and was quite a talkative charcter. Unfortunately he ran off after a house fire and, after much looking, I had to give up on finding him. I only hope someone found this wonderful young man and took him home. I think a totally black cat is just not as colorful to some people (they want colors and variations) and black is too plain. Another is the "fear factor", which is a sign of total ignorance. Black cats are just cats and each cat has a unique personality.