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.

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 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!!


I have a handsome, shiny and sleek black panther at home that rumbles like a freight train and loves to curl up on your lap. He is always stickig his nose into things (including my ear at 5:30 in the morning) and is so full of energy you just can't help but smile. I am so happy to have Shadow and wouldn't trade him for anything!


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