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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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sylvester

We have seven black cats outdoors and one indoor black fluffy! We sure didn't expect to be surrounded by so many all black cats but here we are! Ive got to say each one has such a unique and loving personality. All our neighbors think we nuts but we look at there annoying yapping dogs and remember why we have 8 black cats!!!!!!!

Stephen Yates

I currently have a 10 yr old black polydactyl who is wonderful. I work at a local shelter and find that people WILL adopt them. My favorite cat of all time, my Nicholas, was all black. I will never forget I got him in 1985 the day here in Maine of Hurricane Gloria. The day I had to lose him, I came back from the vet, and wanting to gather my wits, I turned on the TV and saw the plane go into the second World Trade Tower. So I certainly can never forget him. He did bring me a lot of luck and love through the years, my "little buddy".

Harmony

I have four cats! Two of them are my sisters, but they all live in the same house. We have one black cat and she is seriously the sweetest, calmest, cuddliest cat I have ever come across in my lifetime! She is so gentle and loving and never even meows. She loves to held and petted and will come right up on you and snuggle while she purrs. She is very social and will snuggle up to anyone and everyone who comes over, but she's also not needy or annoying in any way. She will let you pick her up and hold her like a doll and is excellent with children. She is sooo especially adorable and delightful that we fight over cuddling with her! As I said, we have four cats and they are all nice cats, but she is so special like no other cat I have seen before. Just so mellow tempered and loving I couldn't correctly describe her in words, you would have to experience her for your self. She is also the only one of four who never ever fights or hisses or shows any trace of aggression. She brings us so much joy and good luck and brightens everyone's day. She senses when someone is sad or stressed or hurt and will appear out of nowhere to comfort them. She is truly an amazing cats, even people who don't like cats in general lover her! Get a black cat, they are always the sweetest best cat you will ever know, they are special.

Janezra

On my second black kitty. The first was a sweet, little, mutant, Persian who was funny, funny looking, incredibly sweet and my best friend. My second is a BIG boy named Shadow who is loud, loving and follows me everywhere. He's my new best friend. One thing though - black cats can slip outside without being noticed and it's very hard to see them. In addition to being chipped Shadow wears a reflective silver collar with a bell so I can find the little monster when he escapes!

Kate

My sister adopted a black cat from a shelter, and it was the best thing that ever happened to us. She is so silly, loving, and the most unassuming cat I've ever met! She's really goofy, and cuddles under the covers in the winter. We love watching her play, and her personality is wonderful--when my sister gets homes, her cat squeaks and meows, and talks to her all the time. Plus, she rarely sheds, and she's reeeeeally soft. We love her!!!!!!

Jennifer Davis

We saw Rocky and fell in love! He is the sweetest, most loveable cat I have ever seen. He sleeps with me at night (when he is not playing), and is really smart! I would not trade him for the world!

tiffany

we reacently adopted a black cat. she is the sweetest, most loving, cuddly cat i have ever met! great with my kids, and my life even started to look up after we got her! my daughter named her shadow. she even awakes me when the alarm goes off!

Danielle

Just yesterday (a few days before halloween) a heard mewing in the bushes next to my house. i followed the cries and was greeted by a precious little black kitten. he is very skinny and when i gave him food and water he drank and ate like his life depended on it. but i noticed immediately how sweet he was. petting all over us and jumping in our laps. he's jumping all over me while i type this :) he is a huge cuddle bunny despite our suspicions of him being dropped off on the road simply due to his color. he is simply beautiful with his deep black hair and striking yellow/green eyes. i am already in love and we have named him norman :) it feels like a true stroke of luck finding such a cutie. only ignorant people would judge any animal or human purely by their color.

Aurora

I have a black cat named Ninja and I had cats growing up and he is by far the most affectionate and loving. When I get home from work I call him and he comes running and does what I call "cute rolls" until I hug him. I love him very much and I think I would definitely get other black cat in my lifetime.

Laura Grotzinger

I just adopted a black kitten a few days ago from the local animal shelter and i love him oh soooooooooooo much! i grew up having cats and I love each and every single one of them but there is something different about Armando (my new black kitty). He is sooo sweet, loving, playful, and just full of personality. He follows me everywhere and when he sleeps with me he sleeps in my hair and makes sure one of his paws is on my face. I didn't think loving a cat this much could be possible, but it is! I am sitting at work right now and all i can think about is going home to my little sweet baby :) everyone needs a black cat in their life...best cats/pets ever!!!

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