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.



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!


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.


I had the nicest black cat just move in and decide to live with me. I had him for many years he was very large and long haired but everyone who met Spook loved him. He sat on my lap every evening when I was at the computer with his paws on the desk as though he was part of the game also. When he got sick I took him to vet and he stayed in the vet hospital for a week and then came home but whatever was wrong with him was fatal and I wound up having to have him put to sleep. It was hard but you love them as long as you can and then you do what you have to do for them. Every one at the vet hospital fell in love with him and my vet sent a large donation in Spooks memory to a local pet charity. I now have another cat which also just moved in and decided to stay. it was a feral cat and is still a little wild but a really neat cat. We named it Skitzo Kitty for a reason. She loves me but does not care for anyone else. I trapped her when she first moved in and had her fixed. She sleeps on my bed right up against me and purrs every night. She also loves my Schnauzer dog. I guess I am just a sucker for animals and they know it as I have had many animals over the years that just wander in and stay. I always kept my black kitty in the house around Halloween just to be sure she was safe.


We own two adorable and LOVING cats, one tuxedo!! mostly black with white, she's the sweetest. I can't imagine anyone not taking in pets just because of their color, that is just inhumane, and ridiculous if you ask me! Color shouldn't even be a factor, black cats are Beautiful, and the cutest! We couldn't imagine life without our little furry ones, we love them unconditionally and if it came down to adopting another cat, I wouldn't hesitate to adopt a black kitty, now knowing what I now know! :)


We adopted a black kitten March last year, she was found on the streets at 3 weeks when she came to us at the vet hospital I worked at. She's such a character, always wanting cuddles, talking to us and just being an adorable companion. We love calling her a little black panther, the colour is awesome to look at; black really is for the win! She's such a sleek looking cat. I went to a Halloween party on the weekend at a witch and got some pics with her as the stereotype. Nothing wrong with black cats I prefer them to be honest! They look heaps cool!


My black cat Coco adopted me about 4 years ago. I had just lost my beloved Persian a couple months earlier. I needed a little four legged friend to make me smile again. I had visited several places to meet with kitties but none seemed that interested in me. I was about to give up thinking that maybe it was just too soon to adopt. Then, I met Coco. She curled up in my lap. I picked her up and said would you like to go home with me and she curled up and fell asleep above my heart. I knew she was the one. She had chosen me. She is the best little kitty. She has so much personality and so much love to give. I didn't set out to adopt a black cat but, I am so glad I found her.


I have several black cats and they are just like any other cat. They need love, understanding, care and lots of attention. I received these joys by taking in a stray that was already pregnant. All of my cats are spayed and neutered, which was done as soon as possible after their birth and the mom was also spayed asap after their birth. They are very loving and very independent. They have a little wild in the them that is why they are independent. They all stay in my house and can sometimes be quite messy, so I am constantly cleaning up after them. Sweeping up litter and finding little items they have found to play with. I took on the responsiblity when on took the mama kitty into my house and have taken it completely but the joy of their love is more than the work they require. The cats will probably outlive me because I keep them as safe as possible. I love them all. Coal, Scaredy cat, Blackie and their torti sisters Fluffy, Snickers and the Mama kitty.


Our cat Nala was a black kitty. We had her 5 years until she passed away from feline leukemia. It broke our hearts to loose her as she was the best cat I have ever had the pleasure to take care of. Nala had so much personality. She would talk to us by making little sounds when we talked to her. She also was the biggest cuddle kitty!!! We sure miss our Nala kitty.


Four years ago halloween night, my husband and I were blessed with a little black Kitten. :) We had spent most of the fall time taking care of the mother cat, who was pure black with a white splotch on her chest and one on the tip of her tail. As the weather grew colder she made a home underneith our deck, and as little meows soon filled the yard, we realized that she had finally gave birth to her kittens. Two little black babies. We named one Magickal and the second kitten Salem..Unfortunatly as the weather grew colder little Salem died of exposure. The day we found his little body we brought the other kitten in, and the mother cat eventually disappeared. But I must say my little Magickal is one of the best cats, I have ever owned, smart as a whip and very vocal. I will always encourage the adoption of a black cat!