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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.

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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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.

Joan

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.

KITTYWORLD

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! :)

Krystie

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!

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