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.




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!!,


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.

Debbi R

My black kitty's name is Magick and he puts the magic in my life. He is so sweet, and such a big baby. He meows that special little mew and jumps on my lap which just melts my heart. There is nothing bad or evil about having a black cat. My life would be dull and incomplete if I didn't have my soft, shiny black furred cuddle bug! Please adopt a black kitty today!


I have an all black kitty named Lilly. She is super sweet & can even play fetch. :)


love all of the black cat stories, except of course, I am horrified when people harm them. My black cat is Ripley. She is all tuxedo cat, born on 9/9/99. The only pet I've ever had for which I knew the DOB. She would've ended up at the pound. I named her Ripley for several reasons, the strong female role Sigourney Weaver played in the movie, Alien, Ripley Believe it or not, and also due to the curtain liners she "ripped" in the first few kitten months. She is awesome. Almost dog-like in how she is my shadow.... She has helped me through many sad times (my brother's death to cancer a few years ago, my father's stroke, turning 50, ha!).
A true blessing. That is the story of Ripley.

Doloris Barbour

I have had the blessing of being the guardian of two beautiful black cats. Coco was my first panther and that includes all that is sweet and perfect. She loved playing in boxes. I would buy a new toy and she played in the box. Then on March/2008, it was time for her to go to God. Then there was my Vinnie. I found him with 4 of his brother & sisters. Vinnie and his sister were the only ones to survive. I fed these two every 2 hours until they were about 4 weeks and we continued from there. Vinnie was a lover and he always want as much attention as was possible. His chin bagged down a little. He would look up and I would have to get hold of it, then he would look up at me with big golden eyes and purr even louder. I lost my Vinnie in May(lung cancer) of this year. I still look for him and so does his sister, Maggie.
There is a very loving way that my two babies could make me so comfortable and warm. Anyone that thinks black cats are bad, they will never know the love and fun that they will missed. That my Coco and Vinnie blessed me with. They will always be in my heart and one day I will meet them at the Rainbow Bridge.