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.




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!

Karen Murphy

Valentine adopted me in 2007. She is such a unique DMH black cat. I never had a cat that plays fetch with you!!! Of course the ball has to be a balled up wrapper which contained a Wendy's burger in it. You toss it down the hall with hardwood floors and she turns into David Beckham the soccer star kicking it all the way down the hall. Then she picks it up and brings it back to you to do all over again. She has brought so much love to else .... I LOVE BLACK CATS!!!


I just rescued 4 ferel kittens. Two are black, one yellow, and one grey calico. They were really wild. I have had them about 5 weeks. They now come and sit in my lap while I am watching TV. All they want is to be loved. It is amazing how quickly they gentled. Of course, they will all be fixed and vacinated, but right now my 2 panthers, 1 tiger, and 1 cheetah are happy getting to know their new home. Black cats are just like the rest--please don't descriminate.


Warning: My husband and I took a little stray black kitten into our home in's 2012 and we've added two more (both strays!). To be honest, one is black with a white chest, but we don't hold it against her. We would love these guys whether they were white, brown, tan or purple, but I encourage everyone to please consider black cats when adopting since they are sometimes overlooked!


I have a black cat named Caesar and I love him to death. He is sweet and loving and loves to snuggle with me on the couch. I can't imagine life without him.


A stray black cat showed up at our door one night. Hungry and brave he just walked in! Every night he would show up and sleep on our carport. Bleeding hearts that we are, we kept him. He eventually starting living in the house with our 2 other cats. He's HUGE, but not dominating. He's actually the sweetest cat I've ever known. He loves to sleep on your lap and constantly wants his head scratched. At night he crawls on the bed and snuggles. We nicknamed him Snuggalupagus. His affection baffles us, but maybe it's more gratitude for taking him in. Either way, he has definitely become our "favorite" but don't tell the other ones!

Sue T.

We are new foster parents for an awesome black cat named Junior. He is the most affectionate and gentle cat we have ever met, and we still can't believe he is 18! He chases his tail like a kitten and plays with his toys with great energy. The fact that he is a black cat has nothng to do with his adorable personality. He is friendly to everyone.

Patrick Oliver

Condolences black cats! Superstition is a shame!


I have a black cat at home. Though she's very scared of people (even us at times) she can be VERY sweet when she's ready to cuddle. At my work (Auto Salvage Yard), we found her in one of our cars in the yard. She was only 6 months old, and very dehydrated. My brother took her home and gave her food and water. She then has become a huge part of the family! I'm sure her still being timid these last 3 years was because she was probably so frightened of everything that happened before we found her.

Sharon Dolan

We adopted a handsome, elegant, intelligent 10-month old black cat in 1991. He was my dear friend and companion for another 18 years. Never have I met a sweeter-dispositioned, friendlier, laid-back cat. We miss him so much. He was diabetic and took his twice daily insulin injections like a trooper. Don't hesitate to adopt a black cat because of scary legends or worries about fur on the furniture. That's why God invented masking tape.