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.




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.

Jordan Salazar

i have a kitty named sparky we just adopted her yesterday black cats are a little shy on the first few days but they get much more comfortable a week or 5 days later and black cats love to hide well at least mine does.but to interact with black cats the best way in my opinion is to get a red laser dot. all cats love trying to get the dot so if you are looking into adopting a black cat please do so black cats are awesome!

Dan W

In the past decade, we have owned TWO little black kitties. The first one was a rescue from a local shelter. She took about a year to come out of her shell (due to the fact that she was abused), but our Leah was one of the most snuggly, sweet-hearted cats I have ever known. She loved to sit on her humans (especially when we were upset or sad), stare out the window at our birdfeeders, but her favorite spot was on the top of our entertainment unit - the little sentinel would lord over the entire living room! Her loss two years ago to age was a terrible blow to our family.

Our second one is an adoption from a family friend whose cat "accidentally" got pregnant (she is now FIXED). Prissy is almost the opposite of Leah when it comes to cuddles - Leah always wanted them, Prissy decides when on HER terms. However, she is always playful, alert, and when she does cuddle, is one of the best. She has quickly become close friends with our large black dog, which we honestly did not see coming. I guess you really can't predict who your friends will be!

I would never, ever hesitate to adopt a black cat - we've had all colors, shapes, and sizes of cats through my lifetime, but the ones who have stolen our hearts the most completely have been our black cats.

Mr. Laan

A few days ago I found a poor little black kitty outsidein the hot heat. I decided to keep her. I have two boy kitties at home and by far our littie Luna ( our black kitty) is the most intelligent and most affectionate cat I have ever known and seen. Adopt a black kitty they are amazing luck and the perfect family pet.