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.



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.


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.