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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.

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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Comments

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!!!! :))))))

Shanti

My black cat, dutuu, is the alpha male of our cat pride and the most treasured member of our family. He is very much a baby panther and preferrs to be treated like one of our dogs. He protects our kittens and family members, but is the most affectionate cat I have ever met. Black kitty power!!,

Shanti

My black cat, dutuu, is the alpha male of our cat pride and the most treasured member of our family. He is very much a baby panther and preferrs to be treated like one of our dogs. He protects our kittens and family members, but is the most affectionate cat I have ever met. Black kitty power!!,

Krystal

I adopted a black kitty from a local animal shelter and he is the sweetest cat. He fits into our family perfectly his fur is so sooft and when ever my family comes over they all want to take him home. He has a round face with greenish blue eyes and is absolutely adorable. He looks like a mini panther and i couldn't imagine not having him.

Linda Gregg

I just adopted a black cat off the street, had her spayed and called her Binky (she's bitty and inky). She has the most gorgeous big green eyes and she's a little charmer. The vet said she's only about 11 months old, and I consider myself lucky to have found her a week before Halloween! I always wanted a black cat! If I didn't live in an apartment, I would adopt more.

Angela Barnes

I have a very beautiful and lovable huge black cat. Her name is Velcro and I found her in my back yard along with two of her male siblings who are both different in color. I took her in when she was about 3 wks, old because her mother abandoned her. I bottled fed her and now she's grown into a beautiful friendly black cat who adores me. I love my velcro and never thought twice about taking her in because she is black.

Nannette Musumeci

I have 2 all black cats and 2 black and white cats - they are all lovable. One is called Princess and she really thinks she is a princess - she is mischivouse and thinks she is an aerialist - the high places she gets into and the distance between them amaze me.

Nicki Haschke

I have 2 black cats and they are gorgeous -- Ramone (11 yrs. old) and Bela Lugosi (4 yrs. old). They cuddle with me, they cuddle with each other, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love all cats, but I've always had a fondness for black cats. Very sleek, mysterious/goofy, and beautiful. They are no different than other cats; the myths are ridiculous.

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