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.



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.


My black kitty Buddy is the love of my life. He is so handsome, chubby, and everyone just adores him. He's by far the most unique cat that I've ever had and I have had many. He gets along with my other three cats (even a kitten) and spends his day following me around, snoring, and eating. I just love him so much and can't imagine why anyone would be hesitant of a black cat. They are definitely missing out.

deloise peters

My kitty child Zen is just that a sweet loving mild tempered black kitten she is maine coon they call her coloring smoke because she has smokey tips on the ends of her hair but besides her beauty she is one of the sweetest kittens we have ever owned I have always owned black cats and think they are great


I have had several black cats in my life, all of them very special. Our current black cat, Julian, is one of the sweetest and friendliest cats you'll ever meet. Black cats tend to be laid back, intelligent, and super friendly. Julian is all of these. My mother-in-law ONLY adopts black cats! That's how crazy she is about these wonderful kitties.


My boyfriend and I just bought our first house and our first action after getting settled in was to go to the shelter and adopt some kittens. I started looking at shelter pets online and fell in love with the story of a little black kitten named Geezer. he had little sporadic white hairs that popped out making him look just like an old man and I couldn't resist. By the time I inquired about Geezer, he had been adopted but the foster parent informed me that his little brother, Gizmo looked just like him and was waiting to find a home. I said yes immediately! And when I went to the shelter, I knew I had to adopt a friend for Gizmo. I went to the back room with my nieces and mom to see who else I could bring home. There were a ton of kittens of all sizes and colors in those little cages. And as we were interacting with all of them, two little black kitties kept playfully pawing at us through the bars. I asked to see one and was overwhelmed with how affectionate and playful he was. He climbed right onto my shoulder and stayed there as if to say "Okay, I'm ready, we can go now Mom." He just stole my heart. But his little brother was looking at us and started meowing too. I looked at my mom and it was clear she had the same thought, he's got to come home too. Pharoh and Gizmo are now comfortably ruling my household and Pharoh's brother Sphynx has given my mom's older black cat, Pepper, a run for his money for house rule. These cats bring a love and warmth to your heart. It's as if they know they've been passed over time and again and finally someone has seen them for the loving beautiful animals they are and they will never let you forget how grateful they are that you chose them to be a part of the family. Black cats are God's precious gift and I know my home would never be complete without their love in our lives.

Cat Griffin

A few weeks after I lost my darling kitty to a brain tumor I began looking at a shelter's site for kitties. I saw the most beautiful and the most angry looking cat I have ever seen. She was snarling in all three of her adoption photos. She was hiding in her box and all I could see were golden eyes and fangs along with long black whiskers. I thought about her for a few days before my Mom decided it was time for me to stop being so sad and adopt a new sweetie. I sent her the pic of "snarls" as I called her and told her that was the one for me. My mom went to see her at the shelter about 4o miles away. It took her another hour to finally find her. There she was hiding in her box. She was not eating or drinking and was too afraid of the other cats to leave her box for anything other than the litter tray. My mom placed her hand in the box and almost got her out of it. She kept trying for another 20 minutes knowing that I was so sad after fighting so hard against a brain tumor with my last cat and that something spoke to me about this little girl. After two hours of trying, the most beautiful black cat with silver shine came out of her box. She had extra toes on all four feet and amazing golden eyes. My mom said another cat walked near her which caused the black beauty to chomp on my mom's hand. With that my mom said it was official. The chomp was the seal of approval. She drove home with the little gem and held her on my couch for three hours while I finished up at work. I was in love. The second I saw her. She looked at me and ran. She was nervous. I opened the door to my bedroom and she jumped on the bed and purred. She was so happy to have a home. She settled in quickly and she is now my best friend. It has almost been a year together. I will be honest, I never thought I would ever have a black cat. Just never something I considered or really thought of. I just knew that when the time was right, the right cat would find me. Color didn't matter. I named her Gemma and she is the most perfect angel.

rachel rumer

I adopted a black kitten who was a stray. She was near the front of the apartment complex I lived at. At first, I wasn't going to adopt her because where I was going to rent only allow two cats. I talked to many friends who said that if I take it to one agency, they will put her to sleep. One year later, Mya is a joy and I'm thrilled beyond words that I took her home with me. I think the black cat adoption story is a myth.