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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.
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Karen Easterling

Our cat, Clyde, is solid black and is the coolest cat ever! He is about 10 years old now and was given to us by a freind who's barn cat had a litter. He is huge! He has long fluffy hair and is just the biggest most lovable baby ever. He likes to go outside but we make sure on Halloween night that we keep him inside. Im not sure if the stories are true about people stealing black cats at Halloween, but we are not taking any chances!

Pat Barker

I have two solid black cats, one of which was abandoned at my vets office as a kitten with both hind legs broken. What made it all the sadder was the legs had been broken at different time, as the right one had already begun to set. People are just plain silly to attribute bad luck to a color. Both of mine are wonderful loving animals. However, I did notice that in areas where "questionable religious beliefs" are practiced, black cats tend to "disappear" around this time of year, so I've always kept mine inside.

tom haubner

We found a kitten 8 1/2 yrs ago. every time I got up off the couch
she would hop up and sit where I was, I couldnt see her at night and I kept sitting on her.

So I named her shadow, shes been my second best cat pet.

Pam

Our black cat is the most loving animal our home has ever had. From the day I found her and brought her home. She has made friends with our goats, to going into rabbit cages to clean the baby rabbits, yes the mom was ok with that!
don't second guess an animal or people by the outside! Look within to see there true beauty!

Susan

I LOVE BLACK CATS. I live with 6 rescued cats and 4 are black. They are so full of fun and often behave like a dog. They love to roll over on my feet and get their bellies rubbed. They're super friendly and very affectionate and they love to clean each other's faces. Black cats also require less grooming because a quick rub with your hand down their backs often is all the combing they need. They shed much less than my two tabby cats. They can be a little chatty sometimes but they're great company.

Michele Clement

My black kitty was found in the wheel well of a van where he had travelled about 10 miles before the van parked and he fell out. Friends who know I am a push over for rescues, called me and I rushed to take this small little boy to the vet. Miraculously he was not injured and in good health. He cuddled on my shoulder and hung on for dear life. Sooo...I named him Velcro!
He joined my redhead cat, Peanut, my Dalmatian mix, Noodle, and my three pit bulls, Tommy, Sasha, and Alamo; all rescues. He loves to play and is always doing something to make me laugh. I have a full house of unconditional love! Who could ask for more?

Meg Massaro

My favorite cat of all time was Medea, a black cat I took home as a kitten from a nearby cat adoption center. I spent a morning playing with virtually every cat in the center, and Medea was the only one who was playful, spirited, affectionate, and never struggled or showed a claw when I picked her up and held her. She lived with me for 18 years, and I still miss her terribly.

Susan Tomaszycki

We have two black kitties and love them to pieces. They both have very different personalities and don't always get along, but that's okay. We wouldn't give them up for anything. We have had quite a few black kitties and all of them have been great. We also have a dog and he loves them too, lol.

Lisa

My Boris is sweet, smart & beautiful! I love black cats & believe nothing of those myths. They all deserve good loving homes!!!

Sherrie Weller

I have a preference for black cats and dogs. They are beautiful (like patent leather!) and by far, the sweetest pets, in my experience. I adopted a black Border Collie/Lab from a local pound over 15 years ago, and he still thinks he's a young boy, and is the best dog EVER! He is smart beyond belief, lovable, friendly and cuddly, and still tries to heard the family at every opportunity. We also adopted a black kitten a couple months ago from the same shelter. He is the most affectionate kitty I have ever had; purrs like a motor boat, gives kisses and massages without fail, and loves to include himself in everything we do! He also makes a beautiful decorative accent (along with my antique glassware)!

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