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.




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. :(

sandra wood

I have a big black cat but he does have a little white patch. His name is Salem and he talks to us all the time. We ask a ? and he meows and sometimes double meows. We cant him him to stop sometimes. He is very gentle but tries to escape out the front door once in awhile even though he is an indoor cat. I wouldn't get rid of him for any reason.


I adopted a black kitty and her name is Wally. Shes the sweetest thing ever! I love her very much. You wont go wrong adopting a black kitty.


I have a Black Cat, I was going to name him Blackie, but was told that was "Politacally incorrect" So I named him Spotty Cat, he does have a little white spot, that only I can see. I found him and I love him.

deborah mcgowan

I had a beautiful black cat for 16 years! His name was Oliver & he was the sweetest little boy. I do believe they are good luck, not bad. I was going through a bad breakup & was considering suicide. I was in the bathroom about to take some pills & Ollie walked in. I saw him & thought I can't leave him here to fend for himself, plus I didn't want my ex to have him! He was really my good luck charm cat. I want to get another black cat but right now I have 5 cats! My next cat for sure will be a black one!

Sarah Day-Short

We found our black kitty in a fire wood pile living on crickets and rain water. He had ticks all over him and barely weighed a pound. We nursed him back to health and named him Sgt. Pepper (Peppy for short). We don't have any kids, so he is our baby. He is a sweetheart. I would like to add that you should be cautious about letting any animal wander around outside close to Halloween. I grew up in the country where a lot of animals were "dumped" and heard a horrible story about what happened to a few neighborhood cats one year. I never saw anything, but just to be safe, we keep our baby inside in October.

June McCready

Our first family caat was a cat named Frisbee who actually adopted us when his family got a new kitten. He won our hearts and when our oldest daughter left for college, our neighbors agreed that he would be happier with us. That was when he formally moved in although he already had a favorite chair picked out. He was kind, loving, patient, and above all, independent. He had so much love that,five years later, the day after he passed away we rushed to the shelter and got two kittens to try and replace him. He will always be special in our eyes. It was as if he held some special secret that he kept to himself. I still miss my boy five years later.


I always thought I was a dog person...always loved all animals, but thought I could never have a cat due to my mum's asthma. Well, I ended up adopting a little black kitten 7 years ago and he has turned my world upside down. He's very dignified looking, but all he wants is to cuddle and nuzzle. I'm crazy about cats thanks to my little blessing.


Black cats rock! They are truly special. My one came into my life 5 years ago when he was thrown over the wall of our complex and left :( We were just getting over the void left from our previous cat who died in a car accident a month before, but i didn't hesitate in taking him into our home, and have never regretted a day since!

Snuggles has such personality and charm. If anything he is our good luck charm!

Angela Oakley

My nephew brought me a newborn black kitten who had not yet even opened her eyes when he was 5 years old and I told him I didn't like black cats he then said "but Syssi you have to take her her Mommy's gone and you're the only one who can love her right." Well I took that kitten and fell so deeply in love there was no way out. My nephew is now 16 and my black cat who's name is Precious Hope is working strongly on 12 and still thinks she's a kitten! She has to be one of the most loving cats I've had in my life for someone who use to fear black cats!!! She also gives the best kitty kisses ever. We did have to put bells on her to keep up with her little black self when she hid. Don't be worried about black cats they are awesome!