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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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Comments

Karen U.

I had a black cat, Koya, for 15 years. He was my companion, we had a very strong bond. He was extremely smart, which is why we were able to bond so well. He was beautiful when he got older, but he started as a fuzzy "bat" kitten! No one wanted him, all the other kittens had waiting lists for people to take them at the humane society. Little did they know what they were going to miss! A sweet, affectionate, smart, laid-back, beautiful cat! He was my handsome boy and I'll mourn his loss for the rest of my days.

Karen Antonucci

My black cat Jazzy is the best! I was able to save her from a couple that was going to drop her off outside somewhere. I didn't care why, I just took her. She has been with me now for 3 years, and it's been nothing but a joy having her. My older Siamese cat had passed away and I was going to head to a shelter to adopt, but Jazzy was there for me instead. She gets along gst with my other Siamese. Little Girl is an older cat with a very relaxed personality. But, Jazzy was able to bring her out of the slump of losing her sister. Black cats are beautiful and they brighten any room. I wish more people would ignore folklore and give these beautiful kitties homes. She has brought such joy to my family... and everyone that visits. I love her with all of my heart!

Kathi

My Black cat is Zeke and he is a handful. He came to me at 7 weeks because my brother could not care for him. He instantly captured my heart and the heart of my 2 year old cat SAM. He was a small 7 week kitten and my first thought was I hope he doesnt turn into on of those skinny black cats. He has become the most gorgeous little black panther and by the way he now weighes in at 20 pounds is not at all fat. He is a big lean, sleek love bug. He loves to snuggle and believe me a 20lb big baby has a hard time finding a comfortable spot on my lap. I can not imagine my life with him.

Linda

I have owned 3 cats, and I have met dozens of cats in my lifetime. I have to say that my black kitty, Sabrina, is the sweetest cat I've ever known. I actually adopted her with her sister from a rescue, because they thought she was a boy (her foster family named her "Elton"), and I had wanted a male and a female cat. Thank goodness for the mistake, because I couldn't imagine life without her. She greets me every morning with a long stretch on her back on the bathroom rug with her unique and adorable trilling sound she makes. And from that time on, she is my companion whenever I am in the house. She will always find an excuse to play; if there isn't a game going on, she will create one. And I've never seen a kitty so enamored with any size cardboard box than her. She has gorgeous silky black fur with one tiny tuft of white on her chest, beautiful gold-orange eyes, and six tows on each of her back paws. Don't overlook a black cat when considering adoption--she/he could be the best pet you've ever had. And I can assure you, Sabrina has been nothing but Good Luck, so don't believe the myths!

Gail

I volunteer at a 100% NO-KILL animal shelter as a Feline Adoption Rep and we also don't adopt out black cats/kittens in October unless we know the people. The reason is because we are in Massachusetts, near Salem, which is the historical witch trial location. We're not concerned about real witches (Wicca) as they practice peace, harmony and all things Mother Earth. Our concern are with the screwballs who decide it's 'cool' to have animal sacrifices performed on this holy of nights for Wiccans. They're nothing more than abusers and we have a very strong network of animal rescue organizations that are in constant contact with giving notice of abuse. Our shelter has loads of black felines and we are very fortunate to have adopters who specifically request these wonderful cats.

Tucker

I HAVE HAD BLACK CATS!! THEY ARE JUST LIKE ANY OTHER CAT!!

I LOVED MUCH, JUST AS MUCH AS MY OTHERS!!

SAYING YOU DON'T LIKE BLCAK CATS OR DOGS IS LIKE SAYING
YOU DON'T LKE PIT BULLS!!

GET A GRIP!! LEARN!! EDUCATE YOUR BRAIN!! BEFORE YOU JUDGE!!

ALL ANIMALS ARE DESERVING!! ALL ANIMALS ARE BEAUTIFUL!!
ALL ANIMALS ROCK!!

I KNOW A LOT OF SHELTERS THAT DON'T HAVE BLACK CATS ADOPTED IN OCTOBER BECAUSE OF CRAZY ASS, NO GOOD HUMANS!!, I THINK THAT IS A GREAT IDEA!!

Daly

I have two black kitties. It's so funny everyone always asks me how can I tell them apart. To me they look so different. Free, she is a rescue who was going to get put down because no one wanted her, is so lady like doesn't like attention on the other hand Kyle is such a boy he plays fetch he rolls over he drinks water from the toilet (gross I know) They might look alike but yet so different. They are the best cats in the world I wouldn't trade them for the world. And as a added bonus they go with everything... :-)

Kathy Smith

My black cat "Chill" was found in an abandoned home. I got him at about 6 weeks. He is the most unique cat I've ever had. He loves to play fetch with me, just like a dog. He's now 3 years old, and I hope he'll be around forever. His name fits him...he loves to lay on top of the sofa, with his paws hanging over the edge & just "Chill" all day long.

Cheryl Chimino

We have three black cats we used to have four but recently lost our beloved Phantom we had him since he was a kitten he was 16 yrs old. They are all rescues . Today in fact is my baby girl Jettzias 3 rd birthday Bear came from Friends of Michican animal rescue we drove all the way from Cleveland to get him he's going on two then there's Raven she's six . We love our black cats and we always adopt black cats because they are the least likely to get adopted they are so awesome thanks for listening

Allison

We adopted Nala from The Buddy Foundation in Arlington Heights, IL when she was about 4 months old. Out of our 4 adopted pets (2 cats & 2 dogs) she is the sweetest, most gentle, loving one! She loves the dogs and always finds a way to cuddle with them! She looks like a black panther with big, bright green eyes! Always consider a black cat or dog to adopt....they are the sweetest!

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