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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.

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.
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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.

tracey

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.

Salena

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!

Mike

A little mama cat, several years ago, gave birth to her first and only litter in the driveway, beside my car. The driveway has pebbles & is real rough, so when mom took a quick bathroom break, I put a little blanket down, hoping she and her just-born 5-6 kittens would get on it. After much investigation, of course, they did.
There were, I believe, about 4 big, healthy, multicolored kitties, and 2 little tiny 'runt' twins - a solid black one and a solid white one. The little white one didn't make it, but her little solid black twin turned out to be the liveliest, funniest, most energetic one. She couldn't HAVE enough fun. When they others would try to sleep, the little black girl would either play in the leaves (late Fall) by herself, or try to wake some of her siblings up to play. If that didn't work, Mom would sometimes oblige with her tail as a play-toy.
We finally, since we couldn't stop watching (mama and ALL of her kittens - who had thankfully migrated to a warm, padded box in the garage, with food & water), but ESPECIALLY the cutest, little, funniest black girl.
We know she was a girl because we had to bring her in - "Bella" was a keeper. Today, at least 6 years later, Bella is still the exact same as she was as a kitten. She's VERY well-nourished and taken care of, but is still very small for a full grown cat. At her latest checkup, a few months ago, she got an A++. She still has gobs of energy (even at 5-6am!), she's still SO FUNNY, and SO SMART. Some of her very favorite things are the computer printer (I can't describe her fascination with this thing), she loves pens, plastic milk carton tabs, anything shiny; she also loves her window spots - she has one in the front of the house, and one at the back. She RUNS back and forth, always afraid that she's missing out on what's going at the OTHER one.
She likes to look outside, but she wouldn't trade her (spoiled) inside life with us for the world. She loves us to death, and if we are sitting or laying down, she usually is too - right beside us, or preferably on top of one of us. We don't know what we would do without her.
PLEASE - give black cats a chance, too! You'll probably get a treasure like we did!!
*(TIP: Black cats look better than any other color cats, I think, with real bright collars. We have a fluorescent yellow collar on Bella, and it looks so pretty on her shiny, silky, black coat. (The kids will love to pick out the 'best collar' for your black cat.) It also keeps us from tripping over her in the dark; but most importantly, if she ever gets out - which we try VERY hard to prevent, but if she does - cars can spot the bright collar.)

Orange

My dearly departed black cat named Black Cat was the most amazing cat. Her eyes held so much emotion, I often times told people that she can stare into yer soul, that she knows everything. She's the one person that can help me whenever I felt depressed. We have conversations and she would look me in the eye as she'd reply. There's also been Raven he was a wise old coot. And my current black cat, Sakamoto-san is beyond affectionate. He doesn't exactly know when to stop.

sandra fox

my daughter adopted a 4 month old black cat from the shelter here a year ago september 20. her name is black pearl. pearl is the sweetest cat i have ever seen. she loves her belly to be rubbed. she purrs at the slightest touch. she has never used her claws on a person. she won't even use her claws when the 65# dog bothers her. i can't imagine why black cats are so hard to place. we all love pearl very much.

Gayle M. Petersen

I love all cats, and especially black cats. They seem to know that people feel a certain way about them and really appreciate all the love and attention they receive. They give back ten fold any kindness given to them. They (like most cats) are sensitive warm and funny, they really do have a sense of humor and soulful eyes. My cat is named Lovey, because she always wants to love and to be loved. Please love me is what her eyes say, and we have responded accordingly, and it has always been returned. She is a great lady, and a wonderful companion.

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