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.



Paula Gulley

My black rescue, Onyx, is one of the sweetest cats I've ever met. She is wonderful with my new kitten, and she was a sweetheart with my 21 year old tomcat. I also had a black tomcat who was just a doll, funny and loving. Black cats have such pretty, shiny coats and gorgeous eyes. I know many of the shelters and organizations have black kitties that need homes. Try one, they are special!


First off... Pagans and Wiccans DO use black cats (or for that matter ANY animal) in their rituals. They are known as familiars and we do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT harm them. Secondly, I have three of them, and if my cities ordinance would allow it, I would have a few more. People that think black cats are unlucky REALLY need to get a life and STOP discriminating!

Derek Frey

Black cats are said to be the most affectionate, as well as very smart and playful. I believe that God gave them extra affection because He knew that mankind would be prejudiced. All 3 of mine constantly follow me for attention, and try to climb my legs begging to be picked up and cradled. They are like toddlers extending arms so that daddy will pick them up. I have had 5 black cats, and each has been very affectionate. My other cats are special in their way, but the black cats are truly special. Adopt a black cat, and I am certain you will be showered with affection. Just give them a bit of attention, and they will be all over you.

Shelley Schimelman

I am an ecstatic owner of an all black kitty. His name is Shadow and he is awesome. His coloration gives him such a regal appearance. He is just so handsome. I love all cats and always have, but I looked specifically for a black cat when I was finally able to have one. He is the best!


I have a black beauty named Karma that I adopted from the SPCA 2 years ago. She is a. absolutely amazing cat. Everyone of my friends LOVE her. Even people who told me they don't like cats are now in love with cats because of her. Her personality couldn't be any more of a perfect fit to mine :) I spoil her rotten with attention and new toys all the time. She even plays fetch!

Bryce Gallentine

I have 2 very special black cats I call The Njnjies. Alone they are Chit & Chat because they talk to each other and me. At work we rescued a litter of kittens from the property and all were adopted but the Ninjies because they are black. Then we saved a second litter and the Ninjies still went Unadopted and I ended up taking them home with me and have loved them dearly. They are beautiful sweet cats. Spoiled rotten too.

Mimi Mead

It makes me so sad that black cats are least likely to get adopted, people should not judge a book by it's cover! I have a little black kitty named Wally and I love him SO much! He's super sweet and playful, he's my baby!!!

Landon M.

My mom has had a black cat that she originally named picasso, but he's so fat we've re-named him mush over the years pretty much. He's actually very lucky, he's never really gotton sick, and is nearly 15 years old!

I have a black cat - his name is "Punk". I rescued him from the shelter I was volunteering at about a year ago. He was brought in with five of his siblings when his mother was hit and killed by a car. The kittens were found trying to nurse off of their dead mother in the road. Anyway, Punk was about five weeks old when I brought him home - and now he's a beautiful one year old. He's huge, not fat, just muscled - and he's the most affectionate cat I've ever had. His black coat is like velvet, and he has big bright yellow eyes. When he purrs, which is whenever he's awake, you can hear it all over the room. He was just neutered recently, and he's doing great - acts like it didn't even happen. He's a sweetheart, and I wouldn't give him up for anything. Here's a picture of him. Isn't he gorgeous?


I adore little black kitties, they are just bred for love, period, and that is a pure-bred fact! My grandma used to have a black cat named Holly, and every year during halloween she would have to keep her little kitty pooked up in the house because some people would go trick-or-treating in her neighborhood and mess with Holly. It was soooooo sad for Holly and my grandma. :(