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.



Maureen Collins

I've had at least 4 black cats living with me, often 5..they are just the best..all have been rescued, Katrina from Slidell when I was helping with the Hurricane..the best part having them, is you can easily see their hair on anything so clean up is super easy!


I've had nothing but black cats most of my adult life. I lost my last black cat in a house fire. He was 12 and one of the best cats I have ever had. I was living with my mother, and at first, she didn't want to have a cat because she didn't like the way they rub up against you. Well, Alfie was not that kind of cat, very independent, but so loveable. He won my mother's heart. When she retired, I wouold come home to see him sitting in her lap. If you don't have a cat or kitten now, please adopt a black one, you 'll never be sorry.


Our black cat is so loving.I can't imagine anyone not loving them.He loves our Chocolate Lab so much.He sits beside him when we are eating and mimics him.He only likes his Kitty food.We think he is trying to help out our lab begging for food and it works too.LOL.


I have a black cat named Tsuki. She's beautiful and super friendly. I have six cats and out of all of them, she is the first one to greet people once they come inside the house. She also loves attention and is just the sweetest and cutest cat. Of all cats, black cats are my favorites. They are spooky looking yet very elegant and prove that cats make great pets. So far, everyone who has come to my house has fallen in love with her even if they originally didn't like cats.


My Lady was black. I lost her to kidney disease and it absolutely broke our and our vet and his staff hearts. Lady was the most affectionate and loyal kitty I ever had. She knew when I did not feel well, and would curl up next to me and meow. It was like she was saying I am here, I will keep you company. She was also my little alarm clock. How she knew, I will never know, when I needed to get up. She would always poke me until I woke up, and a few minutes before the alarm clock went off. We communicated with each other. She was sooooo aswesome. Please adopt black kitties. You will not be sorry. They are just like other kitties, except they are black. They are so beautiful as well.


I adopted Sabrina 2 years ago as a kitten. Full of energy and mischief = a real sweet heart


I had a cat named Prissy for over 12 years. She found me by just walking into my office one day. I took her home and there she stayed. She was very loyal, staying right by my side when I would get sick. Loved attention and was a perfect lap cat. I would feed her and would have to stay right beside her until she started figured that one out. Never used a litter box, she would go outside and then come right back in when finished. I loved her and still miss her after all these years that she has been gone. She was truely a member of our family in every way. She always slept with me and was always waiting for me when I came home from work...maybe she thought she was a dog? LOL

Ms. Elisse Dian...

I was adopted by, and have been, the Animal Guardian of at least three black cats. They were highly intelligent, loving, and precious. Indeed, I would strongly encourage anyone to adopt these wonderful creatures.


8 years ago I worked as a Vet Tech and one of my fellow employees did side work socializing and adopting out feral cats and kittens. Someone set a trap in the woods behind their house because they knew they had seen a pregnant feral mama cat. A couple of weeks later there were 4 sweet little kittens in it. One was long haired white, one long haired siamese, and two short haired black. Shortly after there were two black and white kittens about the same age from another person, and the six little kitties found shelter at our Vet office until we could find homes for them. The white kitten was immediately adopted, and shortly after the siamese, and the black and white kittens were too. I kept hearing people make comments everyday, saying things like "If only these two weren't COMPLETELY black". I spent every day with them, playing with these sweet little 5 week old kittens. They would lick my fingers and play with my skirt and shoelaces and were very sweet and outgoing. They were also bonded to eachother in a way the others weren't, like they knew they would need eachother. Eventually I couldn't take it anymore and I introduced my boyfriend (now husband) to them, knowing he would fall in love like I had. His first response before seeing them was "We can't have cats, we already have a dog". His last response after meeting them was "Can't we take them both?" We did, and Liam and Fiona became part of our family. Our 3 year old (now 11) Australian Shepherd, Shamus, took to them immediately and started playing mama cat, cleaning them and playing with them. They loved him too and to this day follow him around rubbing against him. Well, one of them. About 3 years ago our sweet Fiona had an unfortunate run-in with the coyotes on the hill behind our house and we never saw her again. Liam has since become very vocal, meowing all the time even when he doesn't seem to need anything. He stays much closer to home and seems needier. I know animals don't have the same emotions as humans, but they form bonds that are powerful, and I know he misses her. She was his twin.

Cats are cats, whatever the color, and black cats are incredible and sweet and mysterious, just like all cats. Please give one a chance!


We have a black cat that I love so much, he can do little tricks and loves to be around people. Brat earned his name. Its his way or no way. Really hope to adopt another black kitty one day, I love them so much!