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.




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.)


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.


This is so sad :( I have a black Japanese bobtail that is the most lovey, cuddly little boy. All my favorite cats have been black, too.


We have two black cats at home (Blackie and Gillie). We adopted Blackie from our local animal shelter and Gillie from a shelter near my college. They are fantastic cats, very loving and fun to watch. Please give black cats a chance!

Regina Douglas

Our black cat, Dusty, will be lucky number 13 in November on Thanksgiving Day. She's been a joy to us ever since she was five weeks old. She's perfect for Halloween when she hangs around the house as the trick or treaters come to the door and notice her. Many of them comment about her as if she is part of the decorations.

Warren Hollier

My wonderful black cat "Char" passed away recently after 16 years and a bout with a tumor. I was so despondent toward the end of his life and talked about how much I was going to miss him. Before he passed another little black cat started hanging around my house and I started feeding her. Char passed and I thought about the strange "new" arrival. Didn't realize she was a "she" and that she would soon move three little black and one striped kitten to my yard. I love them but be careful what you ask for. The father,also a beautiful black cat, came along also.They are black with a white trianglg on their throats.

Denise Dixon

I adopted a tiny black kitten from on of our local shelters, her name is Penelope and she is awesome! She has so much personality, and spunk. She can be so loving at times.(on her terms) I call her my little black panther and she is beautiful!

Sara Paoluzzi

I simply love animals and in particular the cats. I had a black female named Minù that unfortunaly passed away last year, I've found her on the streed and I loved her a lot. I couldn't bear to not have a cat for home so I took Mia, a beatiful and adorable cat......naturally black!!!! :))))))