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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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Teal

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!

Nina

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!

todd

In 2008 a black stray cat with a cut on his leg was hanging around my yard.I took him in to the vet,got him healed up and he has been with me ever since.He is one cool cat.He is always by my side.He is social,playful and very affectionate.He love's to sleep on my chest.He gives fun and love to our house every day.black cats make great pets.

Maryann

We took in 2 strays a few years ago. One of them is black. He is the sweetest little guy. He follows me everywhere. When he hears me come home he comes downstairs (from his all day nap) to greet me. At night, he sleeps right above my head. My husband who initially wasn't too happy about taking the cats in absolutely loves our boys. The other cats is orange and cream color. We love them both!!

Cheryl

Kiki got her name because I always called her Kiki, short for kitty kitty. She came to my door a couple yrs ago just before a big snow storm. She was with kittens. She gave birth to four long hair, polydactals. In case you dont know what that is, its five toes not four. Not just one foot but both front paws, all for kitties. They were beautiful long hairs, black and white. She had a new home. The babies went to a no kill shelter. Kiki doesnt use the litterbox as she is above that she thinks and goes outdoors. She is very affectionate and lays next to me, whatever room Im in. She also tucks me in at night and lays beside me until she thinks Im asleep. LOL! She is very curious of running water and when Im running it she hops up to watch it go down the drain. But she drinks out of the toilet. :-( Her purr is barely audible, but you can tell shes purring by her breathy sound. I dont know what Id do without her, oh her eyes are a beautiful green.

Kathryn

I love black kitties!!! I have one of my own. He's full of energy and loves to cuddle with me at night. He always wants to be pet every morning when I'm getting ready for work. He will follow me all over my house, purring and wanting my attention. He loves when I rub his nose. Black cats are just cool.

Brenda

I have two beautiful boys who just showed up in our back yard one night. We did the trap and release "thing" but when we opened the cage to let them leave.. they decided just to stay!! I love these two beautiful creatures! The hardest part is trying to figure out which one just ate!! They look identical!

Hugo Hernando C...

My wife and I took in our little girl Nina when she was found underneath a car at a very young age by my Mom and younger sister. She is the sweetest most affectionate little cat. Her shiny black coat and copper eyes make her look very elegantly and the apple in the eyes of our 2 other male Tabby domestic short haired cats which pamper her all the time. She is about 3 now and though she enjoys being in the backyard around the garden, she would not trade in her lovable home for anything. She loves it here :).

Kendra Pauline

We just adopted our foster black cat, Felix. He has been with us for 5 months. He has been on Petfinder, and has been to numerous adoption events. We think he is awesome because he is so interested in everything. He follows us all around the house, and he loves to play with anything. His nickname: Mr. Fun! He is easygoing, outgoing, fearless, adorable (of course), and loves everyone! Many who passed him up missed out, but their loss is our gain. What a great black cat!

Amy

I have a "teenager" back cat with amazing yellow eyes whose name is Gnark (there is a story behind his name, with great meaning). I recently, as in less than 2 weeks ago, adopted another all back kitten. She can't be more than 2 months. She has the same eyes, but with a bit of green. Her name, I haven't found one to fit her yet. She was sleeping on my chest and now she's pissing Gnark off. Black cats are not bad luck. They is no difference in any cat's personality based on the color of their fur. I have had solid white, to, obviously, solid back and every color in between. The love that they get in their new home, or old home, depending, is what creates their personality. If I don't play with the kitten as soon as I get in the door, she is biting my toes (and I basically only wear flip flops). I believe in nuture over nature. No offense, but judging a black cat as bad luck is like judging anyone who isn't white as bad luck. Go to a shelter. You may just find your best friend. I have found 2 cats and 2 dogs. My family. And knowing that I saved lives only makes the bond more solid.

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