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.



KB Schaller

Her name was Samantha, and she lived to be just shy of 20. She was a petite beauty who never weighed over 6.5 pounds. She had a beautiful trail of fluff of a tail, and emerald eyes. Although she was given to me as a gift from a pet shop shortly after she was weaned. She loved to climb. Maintained her aloofness. Would never accept being pushed around by our more playfully aggressive male kitty. Would slap him if he misbehaved and then stand her ground. How we loved her! It broke my heart when we finally had to say goodbye to her. She walked on August 23, 2011, and rests in our back yard beneath decorative stones and silk flowers. I have dozens of stories about this unique little black beauty that will remain in my family's memories. We have 3 kitties now; but if I ever adopt another, it will most likely be another little panther girl (or boy...).


Our Sadie is the best. She's a medium hair black cat and not only is she beautiful, she is the sweetest, spunky little companion. I can't imagine life without her!


I have 4 black cats, 3 females adopted from our local SPCA and one male that was on his way to the shelter. They are great and are like their own little family. They bring a lot of joy to our home.

Armida Turk

I have three black cats, and all of them are awesome in their own way. Licorice is the most spoiled rotten, and persistent when he wants to be petted. His brother died of FIV at 8 wks old. Licorice survived it. Simon is an 18 pound beauty, and he is not fat. Just big, and he is a big sweetheart. He was rescued by a friend who asked me to take him in along with another abandoned cat who was to be shot if someone didn't take them. Musti (means black in the Finnish language) was tossed out a car window on a local highway. She landed on her head. All she did for two weeks is sleep, eat, and use the litter box. After 2 weeks she recovered enough to be a playful kitten.

Carole Dallek

I had a wonderful black cat with a white spot on her neck. That was my Bonnie. I had her for almost 20 years. She and Clyde were my children. I now have Tiger and Becky. Bonnie and all the cats were and are great companions. Bonnie would meow most of my name (Carole). She would call out Caro, Caro. I would say Bonnie, I hear you sweety. She would come to me and love to be petted and hugged. I love to kiss and hug my cats. They're very sweet. Every cat lover should have a black cat.


3 of m y furbabies are black and I would adopt more if I could. Each of them are special and have the best personalities. I can't imagine not having them in my life!


I adopted a 4 month old male black cat almost 2 years ago. I have 3 female cats I adopted. He is by far the most loving cat I have ever have. He loves to cuddle, give me kisses and is a big talker. I wouldn't trade him for any other cat in the world.


I have always had black cats, among cats of other colors. Her name is Shadow,born in the month of October. She goes well in our Halloween pics we take,of her with pumpkins in the back ground. I love my Halloween black cat,Shadow.


My husband and I have four cats - and three of them are black! (one is a tuxedo). All four of our cats (and our dog) are rescues, and we brought them home because of "the moment." That's when you pet them and all of a sudden they look up into your eyes, and you instantly know they were meant to come home with you. It doesn't matter if they are black, white, yellow or bald - they are furry, loving and playful, and they need a loving forever home. Our three black cats have very different personalities- one is a sweet, shy love bug that loves to be on your lap, one is a furry, poofy, loving bundle of energy, and one is a furry little tank that loves to play fetch like a dog and sleeps across my husband like a seat belt. Black kitties will always have a special place in our hearts!


Oh! My! Gosh! I had gone into the shelter to adopt a 'shadow cat'. One of the workers there told me about this lovable black cat that had been there the longest of all the other cats - and she was only 3 years old, so not that old that people would shy away from the vet bills that generally come with an older cat. I ended up adopting both the shadow cat and the black cat. Toffee is a tortoise-shell cat, and she's the shadow cat. Munchkin is the black cat.
Let me tell you!... Munchkin is SO loyal. she is hardly ever not in the same room as me. She sleeps by my head every night (for the past 2 years now). I work from home, so she has a bed in my office - even though we have a couple of perches and beds around the house for both cats, she keeps me company in my office all day long. She does not like to be held or cuddled, though. But she definitely lets me know every day that she loves me.
I guarantee you that black cats are nothing to be afraid of!