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.




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!


Had five until yesterday.aphael lost a 6 month battle with skin allergies. Slinky, Bullet, Ritabonita and Daphne can still smell him but can't find him. black cats are smart, loving and beautiful ! Daphne butts me in the face every morning to let me know it's time to eat.Bullet was a feral and 7 years later still is but he knows who feeds him and who his friends are. I also have a tabby, a torti and a tuxedo. they are all friends and love their dog Sophie ! Animals make life fun !


I have two black cats - both female - not related - and they are both the most loving, caring cats I have ever had. (I also have 4 other cats.) My granddaughter is a year old and when she cries, one of them - Lily - always comes to make sure she is ok - she gets assertive with me and my daughter when she thinks we are hurting or being mean to Emily. Couldn't ask for better cats.


I have had the pleasure of having a black kitty her name was Krazy. She was 14 when she passed and was from a unwanted litter. I cryed so much and then a year and a half later I took in a unwanted 4 year old black munchkin she was very ill. I am so glad I took her in and brought her back to health my vet told me that she would not of made it if she had not been taken out of the environment that she was in! She is the coolest cat! I love Minnie so much I named her after my grandmal that passed and it seamed to fit due to her size. Adopt a black cat they are the only cats I will have because no other breed is like them in my opinion. They are so mmuch fun to watch and cuddle with!

Donna Garrett

One Halloween night. There was a black cat around our neighborhood. Somme kids thought it waould be a funny joke and hung it in a tree by the neck killing it. Later on a little girl cried because she found out. This is not funny anymore.

Robbie Graves

My wife and I adopted a black cat from a shelter earlier this year. He is low vision (his right eye is non-functioning) and he has a limp from probably being hit by a car before we knew him. Despite his disabilities, nothing stops him! He is one very happy, friendly, loving cat!


I have two black cats! They're the best!!


I recently lost my 15 year old black kitty and while I'm not yet reay to go get another kitty right now, my next kitty will be a black one as well. Black Cats ROCK.

I was outside a few years back and started listening to a little scraping, sounded like a mouse and here it was this teeny weeny little kitten that just did not look like he was going to make it. I started trying to give him some baby milk with a eye dropper. I eventually took him to the local SPCA and they said he would most likely be put to sleep because they could not take care of him so I decided to take him back home. He quickly recovered and always stayed little so I named him Littleman. He was the most loyal kitty he follwed me everywhere but inside my home, he utterly went crazy if you tried to bring him inside so he was my outside kitty but he had a door to go into my heated garage. Recently he did not show up anymore I am not sure if something happened to him in the wild forrest I have outback or if someone picked him up but he is nowhere to be found. He is electronically tagged but no leads yet. Anyway just wanted to say he was the friendliest cat I ever met. I only found a tick on him once or twice opposed to my white kitty that is a magnet to ticks sometimes. It was like having a miny Leapard out in the yard with the smallest meow you ever heard. I miss him and can only hope he shows up again soon.

Hannah N.

I have owned many black cats and dogs. They are the sweetest lil things! I owned one named Snoozer, and he would crawl on the back of the couch and give us shoulder mesages! I have a black dog right now and she is awesome! Fun, energetic, and she's full of love.