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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.
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Pam York

I have had one for 12 years, found when he was just a tiny kittens, another just found me about two months ago.he is just a love and has taken to his new brother and sisters. A wonderful addition to our home and family of felines.

Marsha

Pye is our second black cat, and the sweetest, most affectionate boy we have ever had. We would not part with him for anything.

Lisa

I am blessed with 10 wonderful cats(all rescues) and 4 of them are black. I do like to think of them as my little black panthers. They are all very smart and super affectionate. I also have a wonderful Shepard mix dog that is black(also a rescue). I would like to encourage everyone to give a black animal a home. Your life will be greatly enriched.

Marilyn

When I met my husband in Feb. '96, he was a self-professed "cat-hater." In August of that year, a very persistent & friendly black cat began hanging around our house. After a few weeks we accepted his adoption of us and named him Nicodemus. My husband is now a "closet" cat-lover.

Lisa

Sissy, our black cat, came to us last summer. She had two other starving kitties with her who hid in the bushes. She was the leader who came up to us and begged for help. We have fallen in love with her kind, calm nature. She is confident and sweet and loves to climb the tree that leads to a walk on the roof! Because of her precious personality, I always look twice when I see a black cat!

Dorothy McKnight

I've had three black cats! All of them were male cats and
so loving and fun. My previous cat, Spike, was
what I called an "old soul" he was so wise.
My current cat Shay I adopted with his sister.
It is sad to hear people are hesitant to adopt
Black cats. I can assure you all of mine were
so loving!

Sandy

I have 2 black kitties (and a black Doberman). Ian is all black with some white on his belly. He loves to play with toys that make a crackle sound but his favorite place is on my lap...especially if I'm using a blanket to keep my lap warm. He just purrs and purrs and will give up his belly shamelessly for a good belly rub. He is very loving and is the only kitty that will try and give his Doberman brother a kiss. My Halle is a tortie and she is very loving and loves to be held like a baby. They have brought nothing but happiness into our lives.

Nancie Forrest

We had our King Mahina, a beautiful, silky black cat with white flecks and majestic gold eyes for 12 years. He was our sweetheart and a big part of our family. We just lost him 3 weeks ago and miss him terribly. He was independant but loving. Always slept with us since the day we brought him home at 8 weeks but was not clingy. He came when you called him and he loved to be outside! Which we couldn't deny him because he explored and chased and that was his joy (besides us...). We called him the "panther", he was regal and stealth. We love him and miss him terribly!

Barbara Jenkins

We have a black cat HER name is Johnny Cash. You see from a distance we thought this cat was a male, but when she had a kitten we changed our mind, but not the name. She was a constant companion of one of the old cats in the masonry yard of my business. When he left us to go off and die, she went with him. We did not see her at all for a couple of years, then she began to appear for food every couple of weeks, then more often, and finally became a permanent resident with our other outside cats. When our home kitty died at 15, rather than get another kitty from a shelter, we decided we'd like to take Johnny home. I asked the vet what he thought she'd think about that. He said he thought she'd love it. And he was right. She became an inside cat about two years ago and has absolutely no interest in going outside - been there, done that!. There's nothing like a black cat!!

Lisa

I adore black cats and black dogs. The best natured pets I've ever had have been black ones. I cannot understand why in the world people have the idiotic idea of not wanting black pets!!!

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