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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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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.

Molly Sabatino

I was luck to share 19 years with a black cat named Raven. I got her as a kitten when I was still in high school. She moved to college with me and then back home. She was with me when I bought my first home and when I got married. She loved to cuddle and play. She would run around and play like a kitten right up to the end. I miss her.

Judith Segreti

Folllowing the death of our sweet 10year cat from a rare form of cancer, my husband and I went to ASPCA on Manhattan's upper east side and found a 4 month old black kitten names Jeeves by the staff. She was eating her blanket and jumping around her cage. When they took her out she had the loudest purr I had ever heard. She won our hearts and came home with us. She is a delight! She wakes my husband when the coffee goes on, plays with her toys and even made friends with our 5 month old granddaughter. She gets me if the baby cries. She's sweet, funny and a wonderful addition to our family. She's also beautiful with a sweet face to match her personality.

marisa painter

black cats are the ost loving yet playful felines you could ever get... my mom has one and hes just a ball of energy.... so if ur looking for a good quality cat i would go for the black kind :)

Anna Cruz

Black cats are amazing and loving. I have had 2 black cats in the past. One was named Monkey because as a baby he would jump on everything. The one thing he did the most was jump from my arms to a nearby landing area, whether the floor, bed, table, car, or anything. The name Monkey suited him perfectly. He was my lil Monkey. Now my other cat was named Willy. His tail was always up and right at the tip of his tail it would do a flip.over and stay that way. It felt as if his bone was just formed that way in his tail. It was never straight since the first day he was born. I named him Willy after Free Willy the movie. That wale had a curved fin the same as my cat had a curled tail. I could spot him anywhere. He was adorable. Those were my two babies that I miss dearly.

Charly

I have one little black girl who is named Lunalesca (Luna) and she is just the most amazing sweetheart. She was found in a colony of cats starving to death and blinded by conjunctivitis and I raised her and nursed her back to health and she is the most loving and sweet cat. Sadly, she has a congenital defect that has given her a deformed nasal passage and extra vertebrae, so she isn't going to have the longest life. But she is the cutest little lovebug ever! She was feral at 8 weeks, and she has been friendly from the start (: I have had her a year, and it has been rough but I will never stop fighting for her (: I always tell people having a black cat is actually considered good luck. I hope that one day we won't have to worry about their safety and finding them good loving homes.

Elizabeth

I grew up with black cats around the house and they have always been the most affectionate to me. My husband and I recently adopted a sweet adorable black cat and she is a non-stop ball of energy and love! When we walked into the shelter, she was the first cat to pick me and my husband as her new owners and she was really the only one to accept us on the spot, in fact my husband wants ANOTHER black cat to go with our first baby!!! They're a ball of fun and love, but only when THEY pick YOU and not the other way around!

Elizabeth

I grew up with black cats around the house and they have always been the most affectionate to me. My husband and I recently adopted a sweet adorable black cat and she is a non-stop ball of energy and love! When we walked into the shelter, she was the first cat to pick me and my husband as her new owners and she was really the only one to accept us on the spot, in fact my husband wants ANOTHER black cat to go with our first baby!!! They're a ball of fun and love, but only when THEY pick YOU and not the other way around!

Sharon Edwards

I've had the pleasure of being owned by several black cats over my lifetime...all have been awesome pets and oh, so beautiful! I do however, try to keep them inside around Halloween, just in case. Last year, my husband made the statement that he might consider having a cat. My response was that, if we had one, I would like to have a solid black one. About a week later, a tornado hit Chickasha in the early afternoon. Fortunately for us, we live on the other side of town from where the damage happened. Later on that evening, we heard a commotion on our front porch. When I opened the screen door, I saw a black streak come in the door, making about three circles around the living room before slowing down. To my surprise, I saw a beautiful, very freaked out black kitten trying to find a place to light. We fed her and gave her a chance to chill out. When she acted like she wanted out again, we let her out....but she came back and has been living with us since then. She doesn't really like to be petted a lot but that's OK with me since I have inside dogs. They decided to carry on a respectful relationship with each other and she is litter box trained. She pretty much comes and goes as she pleases. She now has a male kitten who is all black except for a small tip of white on the end of his tail. She has taught him to hunt for grasshoppers and other bugs for entertainment. They are both so very beautiful to see sitting side by side in the green grass. By the way, her name is Kiki and his is Tippy. There are some feral cats in the neighborhood and they all get along well. Too well...I accessed this site because I've been told that some lady is kind enough to come pick up pets and take them to Norman to have them spayed or neutered and bring them back home. Have you heard of this person, or how I might reach her? I am disabled and don't have the money to pay for it or even gas to get to Norman. I had very good luck with finding homes for Tippy's brothers and sisters...maybe not so lucky next time. Hope you can help. Just wanted to tell you the story of the cat that the tornado blew in! Wish she could tell me about her ride!!

Brenda Menz

I have a all black cat with yellow eyes that showed up skinny and sick 6 years ago.. I named him Beauty because I could see that beyond the sickness he was a beaut!!
He really is the nicest cat.. loveable..comes when called and seems to know he is a Lucky Cat more than anything else because we love him so much. Funny because years ago if given a chose to what color cat I would want... yes.. black would have been last on the list but Beauty has showed me there is so much more to a cat than the color. He is a blessing to me.

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