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.




I have a black cat and she is the most mild tempered cat ever. I adopted her at 4 1/2 months old she and her brother were feral kittens that someone found and forstered. She is shy but very loving. Her name is Minnie and she loves to play and follow me everywhere. She loves to cuddle with my older cat and sleep with her. she sleeps everynite on top of me. I feed 2 other black cats that are very sweet also I never thought about adopting a black cat but I would do it again.


My all-black Norton was the sweetest, most-lovable, best-behaved, gorgeous creature in the world. He only wanted love and only gave love. I still miss him terribly.

Kim Scala

I have a black cat with yellow eyes. He looks like Marissa. He does actually look like a panther. He was born on April Fools Day so he's 8 1/2 years young. He was given to me by my youngest son for Mother's Day. He's very friendly, queaks, acts like a dog, catches mice & is very lovable. He's the baby of our five cats. I call him my Halloween cat. I would adopt a black cat if I didn't have five cats already. My aunt also adopts black cats. There's just something about black cats that makes them very special to have around you.

Sharon Fischer

My story starts when I heard a little meow at a green dumpster in Sylva NC. Underneath was a tiny black kitten. Well cuteie pie was coming home with me, as she would make a great companion for my Maine Coone sweetie. That was in June 1997. Olivia is still with me, sweet, loving, pretty, does "roly poly" with hand signal, and kisses you forever. Black cats are the best. They are so affectionate and will love you forever. Adopt, rescue, save a black cat and you will be loved forever. Black cats get a bad rep, we need to let people know they are wonderful felines, just like the other felines. I love cats, and dogs, and my dog is black too. They are awesome!

Kathryn Kaufman

Color was never even a factor when adopting our kitty Raven. She has a great purrsonality and happens to have black fur.


my black cats name is Jack. AKA bunny cakes, sweet tart, and Mr. Fang. He is the most precious animal I've had the chance to adopt, and I grew up on a farm having lots of cats, dogs, horses, etc. Jack came into my life when I was 19, after purchasing a home when I was a soph. in college. There had recently been a death of a very dear person in my life. I went to walmart one evening and was looking at the flyers of adoptable animals when i heard his voice. I looked over, saw a box of kittens and quickly ran over and picked up the closest kitten. He was tiny, no more than 5 weeks old. He climbed up my shoulder took a seat on the bill of my visor. I just walked away with a huge smile. I had to bottle feed him for a few days cuz he wouldn't eat dry food and only a tiny bit of wet. We spent a lot of time together. He sleeps with me evry night and has to be everywhere I am. He is very vocal as well, which does get annoying sometimes. He was never around children growing up but I now live with my boyfriend and his 2 daughters who just love him so much because he's soo sweet. He's now just over 7 years old, struggled a little bit being a big kitty but is now at a healthy weight cuz he gets lots of exercise running up and down the stairs and I've learned to feed him what he needs, not what he begs for.. He has had issues with bladder stones since about 8 months old and has had 4 surgeries to remove. My vet is unsure that if he develops these stones again, he may not survive another surgery. I thought I was going to have to put him down a few months ago when we thought he hd them again. I was so devastated, it was hard to even leave to go to work. Turns out, he just had a minor infection that just needed a shot! My vet and staff have also been wonderful with jack. When I take him to get his claws trimmd they are very glad to see him for something normal. He is my baby and I. Love him soo much. He is an indoor kitty, but still sneaks out to try and eat grass. He's social as well and is not scared of anyone. He greets guests with a hop on their lap and he tries to hug them around their neck while giving kitty kisses. I hope I get to have many more years with the kitty who stole and repaired my heart

Sara Christensen

We adopted two barn cats ten years ago when our two older cats Lucky and Gabby passed on. Annie was a black , skinny scrawny little thing with the biggest ears. Pudge was a beautiful gray long haired kitten (an advertisemnt for a beautiful kitten). Annie is as sleek as a panther and loves to be held against by shoulder. A big cry baby. Pudgie is still a sweet conceited beautiful cat. They give us so much love.


When I was younger I had a black cat. So beautiful! Her hair was so shiny and smoothe. I named her Boo Boo kitty after Shirly's black stuffed animal cat on the show of Laverne and Shirly if anyone remembers them :) I loved my cat so much, she would fallow me everywhere and lay next to me. I miss her so much. I do want another black cat. Right now I have a tuxedo cat who's also sweet. I think she needs another cat to play with but I also have to think about my dog. My dog and cat get along great! They lay next to each other and my cat fallows our dog everywhere. Not sure what would happen with another cat. I have to think about it. But I love all cats!

Rea Cotugno

We have a black cat named Mya, I think she is part Maine Coon because of how smooth her fur is until you reach her tail and its big and fluffy. Anyways she was taken in when her previous owner was forced to give her away, if we didn't take her she would have ended up at the shelter. It was a very good thing that we took her because she had a very bad ear mite infestation, the vet said any longer and could have died. But I can't blame the previous owner to much, she was given the cat w/out any previous knowledge and not an animal person, just kept the cat for her kids. Anyways Mya she is loving when she wants to be lol but I stil pick her up to give her a daily dose of hugs and kisses, even after she starts growling at me, she never tries to hurt you just tries to get away. She is very vocal when she's hungry lol especially if she knows we're getting a treat ready for her, it almost sounds like she's yelling at us to hurry up! I love my Mya, she's black and beautiful and very very soft.


A black cat came into out backyards 4 years ago and adoped by fiance and I. He has been in our home ever since he came into our yard. He is a very loving boy. He has feline aids and has so much love to give.