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.




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.


I adopted two black kittens, a boy and a girl, in June of this year. They are seriously the best cats I've ever had! They are so sweet and funny and affectionate!


Katrina, my black cat, lived for 21 years. She was loved so much by all of us and she loved us all in return. Katrina came to live with us when she was just a tiny kitten and we have all missed her since her passing over 4 years ago. Katrina grew up with her human brothers and sister never realizing she wasn't one of them (human, that is). I believe black cats are special and look forward to finding "the one" that will be part of our family again.


I love my guys and I was glad to have adopted two cats instead of one after I lost my first tuxedo cat who got trapped under a Terminix tent that was hard for him to get out of. When I first saw them at the shelter, I did what I had to so no one else could adopt them the next day. They are my pride and joy for as long as I live.


At one time we had three black cats in our household. My mother was the first to rescue Mr. Salem. He is a hemingway cat, meaning he has extra toes,making him a very special little man.

When I moved out of my parents house I was very lonely and decided to adopt a cat. I ended up with two brothers named Leo and Noah. Both black as well. We lost Leo a couple months ago due to a car accident and since then i've moved back home allowing Noah and Salem to become best friends. They have brought me and my family loving purrs, soft pets and so much love. So, if your unsure about opening your home to a black cat, whatever your reservations, on behalf of my family I'd like to encourage you to go for it. You will not regret your discussions. From our three black panthers to yours. Good luck and happy adopting!

Andrea Cronin

My little black Jagger boy is the best kitty in the world and he is such a boy and I love him soooooo much. I also taught him to play fetch and he knows when my car pulls in and he greets me at my door everytime. I always give him elebenty kisses every day, and he loves it.


I adoptea black cat from our local humane society 13 years ago. She is still going strong. The stigma attatched to black cats and the people who believe them are absolutely ridiculous! It's kind of like saying stay away from that child they have blue eyes they are bad luck. So in turn if you wanted to adopt a child would you decide not to adopt a child with blue eyes?


Thank you for writing this! I went to my local Humane Society today and made a donation. I took some time to play with the kitties and couldn't believe how many black kittens and cats there were. I spent time with lots of cats and all the black cats were so sweet. I have a calico and a tabby at home, but if I'm ever to adopt again, I will save a place in my home for a black kitty.