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.



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.


I fed a black feral cat for almost a year. One day there was a group that was doing the Trap, neuter, spay release thing for the feral cats where I was feeding her and they trapped her. I asked that when they brought them back to release them if I could just take her home instead of releasing her. I did just that and all I can say is that it was a labor of love, lots of patience but that feral black kitty (now named Lucy) a year and a half later is the most loving kitty and a treasure in our home. We have four Chihuahua's and she loves them all but she is strongly bonded to the oldest one. I could write a book about our Lucy. So you can see black kittys are every bit as loving as any other color of cat. Lucy had to get used to every sound in the house, the feel of everything in the house the dogs, my husband, friends and family. She has never tried to get outside, she is loving, she is happy and she is a joy to have. It took a year before I could pick her up although she did like to be petted. She does everything the dogs do and she has no clue she is a kitty! She gets up on two things, the bed and the loveseat. She does not jump on anything. Lucy studied the pups for a few months when she first got here and whatever they do is what she does!! She does come out when we have someone here but that took a while and she does go up to a select few to get a pet but for some they just get to talk to her and look at her. She makes positive changes every few months and she keeps adding a few people here and there to her select few that gets to pet her! We can do about anything to her now as she has grown to love and trust us.To the lady that has the little kitten on her porch, take her in, you won't be sorry! If you can't take the baby inside, get someone to help you because it is not a pretty life for a kitty to grow up feral.