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.



Karin Lease

My black cat (with green eyes) has been with me for 16 years. he is loyal, mostly well mannered and very loving.
The sad thing is he loves the 2 chihuahuas, but they mostly snub him. I believe he thinks he IS a dog. LoL.


When my daughter was away at college she adopted 4 cats two of them were black. When she graduated they moved from Rhode Island to North Dakota. Their new landloard told them they could have only one cat and their dog. So they left 2 cats with me and took the 2 black cats. She said the the landloard would never know they have more than one because they both look the same, it worked he never knew and when they found a place that would let them all live, she flew back to New Jersey and took the other 2. So get 2 no one will ever know.


I have a BIG all-black short-haired male cat.....he is a wonderful soul and love angel from heaven. I can't believe in this day and age that there are people out there who STILL think black cats are bad luck......and they really ARE out there because I've talked to a couple of them.....what idiots. If anyone knew "my" big boy, they would be trying to steal him from me.......he is just a big old lovable can of ham who is so loving and not one mean bone in his body. I thank God for sending him my way as a stray at around 6 months old. "I" am truly blessed.

Laura McGowan

I have had several all black cats in the past 30 years (in addition to many others). They have been the most loving, affectionate and sweet-tempered cats I've ever had. Shame on anyone for allowing stereotypes to influence their actions for black cats. They deserve love, too!

Erin Gingerich

We have 2 black kitties (and a black dog). We love them, one is a domestic short hair and one is a domestic medium hair. Our oldest one Fleur is very sweet, she even gives kisses! She and our other little gal are the best bug- catchers we've ever had- they especially like spiders and I hate spiders so I love when they pursue a creepy crawly! Tonks is our youngest and she is so spunky, she constantly entertains us with her antics- she is very playful, she just turned 1! We love all our black animals, I think they are the sweetest things around!


My first cat was a mostly black cat named Sylvester
& he put up with all my toddler antics. Many years
later I had a sweet boy named FaeLynx, who un-
fortunately was lost just days before Halloween. I
was never concerned about witches, but definitely
concerned about mean children. We only had 2 years
together, over a decade ago, but I miss him still.

Now I am so lucky to have 2 beautiful black girls,
Cerce & Oren. They are such joys & we've been to-
gether for 12 & 8 years. I look forward to many
more years together & would gladly share my home
with any little black panther :)

Lakota Crystal

I have taken in 5 black abandoned cats, two adults and three kittens. They are all now spayed and neutered and are wonderful house companions!


I founded and operate a cat rescue organization for 11 years now and this article is incorrect, stating black cats are not in danger for Halloween. Evil people exist in abundance, unfortunately, and they do seek out black cats for horrible rituals! Most shelters don't adopt out black cats in all of October, for this reason. Keep your cat inside, esp. around Halloween. And yes these cats are wonderful companions!


I have an all black kitty named Raven. She is so sweet and loving, she pets my face with her little paw. She likes to sleep curled up next to one of her siblings and follows me all around the house. Life just wouldn't be the same without any of them.


I rescued a black ferrel kitten & now she's 4. She has been one of the best cats I have ever had-love her to death:). I never worried about bad luck. I took in a baby that needed to have a home. That is what's important!!