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.




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!

Sandy Salas

I have 4 black cats and they are my lucky charm....They have such deep green eyes. Its a shame no one wants them. Its all about looks. Everyone likes different color cats. They think black are boring....NOT!!!!


We have two black cats, Licorice and Satch. Licorice is a fierce little princess of 17 yrs. and Satch, who is awesome and athletic just like his namesake, Satchel Paige.

Melanie Zurawski

I have a black/gray cat named Snooky. He was only 2 months old when my sister-in-law gave him to me. This little guy is now 9 years old. When he was a kitten, the person who had him abused him and my sister-in-law's brother saw this and went over to his house which was across the street. He grabbed him by his neckcollar and said some not to mention words to this other person. Anyways, he took the kitten from him and reported the guy to animal abuse. The person didn't care that he took the kitten, cause he said he didn't want him and wanted him to come outside and just leave!
Well, needless to say this cat, my snooky, is very smart! He will open the mail door we have on the wall and scoop the mail on the table for us(that is if it's able for him). He doesn't like my husband to smoke, so he takes his cigarettes from his lips before it lits it and stomp on the floor with it, whereas it is crushed. He also is a good protector of us. People are more afraid of Snooky because of his growl(which is stronger than my dog, Gina). He loves to play with his toys and go on the treehouse we have for our cats. By the way, I have 2 other cats as well! They all get along, sometimes they have their squabbles, but for the most part, they play together. They all are so lovable and show affection. I wouldn't trade them for all the money in the world! Snooky looks after the other 2 and Gina, the dog, he grew up with her! Don't hesitate to adopt a black kitten/cat, cause they are beautiful cats to own and you won't be disappointed. I never was with Snooky, I am so glad my sister-in-law's brother took him from that miserable person. I thank God for bringing Snooky to us.

bill higgins

We have a black cat and feed a black feral cat as well. Both are male and are affectionate, gentle and very friendly. I was never afraid of black cats, but these 2 are proof positive that the fear is a myth.

David Dubiaga

My black kitty is named smoke. He is the most loving and loyal kitty I have ever had. He'd just love to be around doing his own thing when i'm out working in the yard or relax on my lap when I'm doing the same. When I call his name, he would come running to be with me. He was never a pest, just loved to be around.


I have 2 black cats and they are the best cats I have ever had. Menace was 4 weeks old when I found her under my steps meowing, she is my cuddler. I adopted Mork when he was 6 months old because he talked alot. They have become very vocal best friends. Everyone should have a black cat they are awesome!

Robin Pasholk

Some friends of ours found a tiny black kitten a few years ago--she was sitting all alone under a tree, crying her little heart out. They brought her to us, since they couldn't have pets at their place and we've had experience raising orphan kittens. Little Midnight is still with us, though she's grown into a sleek black-velvet cat with gorgeous green eyes. And she has more than one name, too: a little friend of ours calls her "Ni'Ni" (the closest he can come to saying Midnight), and I call her "Minuit Fantastique" when I speak French to her--"Fantastic Midnight" (she likes my speaking French to her for some reason!) She is a darling!


I got my first cat when I was ten years old. When I went to the shelter to adopt I was all set in that I wanted a little orange boy, but that all change when I saw Sabrina. She was the only black kitty and the only kitty that wasn't asleep.she stole our hearts. For 11 years she made our family very happy. She would fetch for us and was always showing her love for our family. Sadly she passed away two most shy of her 12th birthday. She was my first love and will always be missed. But I know I made the best choice when we brought her home.

Karen Smith

Izzy my black cat was a rescue of my retail customer. When she told me she could not keep her due to her health, she started to cry! I went on my next day off & adopted her @ the Islip Shelter. Izzy is a love & loves me!!! All are animals are......"THEY" are a gift from GOD!