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.




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!


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.


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 cats/pets ever!!!


I've had cats all of my life and my black cat is by far the best. Loving, entertaining, tremendous personality and beautiful . I would highly recommend owning one.

michelle briscoe

I just adopted my second cat and its a lack cat 6 months old. His name is Salem, I can tell you at times he is loving and on the other hand he is mean he bite me twice but other then that he is ok. Both cats sleep with me Salem jumps in my lap curls up next to me and goes to sleep. So for my black cat sometimes he mean and sometimes he not would not give him up for nothing in the world.


We adopted 2 black brothers from the shelter after our beloved orange tabby died at 11, the shelter said they dont show black cats to everyone and are very protective of them. When she brought themto us she said they were good boys and I held one and my wife held the other one, and then they reache out to each other and hugged and we knew we had to have them both and they have been our dear companions ever since.


I have had many wonderful cats, but adopted (he adopted me) a black male (had to neuter him myself when he was a baby) cat 5 1/2 years ago. Let me tell you, he is the SMARTEST cat I've EVER had!! He knows exactly what I'm talking about. I ask him to look & he looks right at me right away. I ask him if he wants some (treats) & he runs right to me talking his little black fluffy head off! I ask him to come come & he comes running. I ask him if he'd like to see the birdies & he runs to the door looking crazy for them. I tell him to go night night & he runs to our room & jumps on to our bed. Etc.! He's my baby & I LOVE him to death! He'll pop his head slowly around the corner from our door & I scare him. He jumps up all excited & runs around the house. He comes back about 15 seconds later & starts peeping his head around the door again. We've played like this as long as a half an hour one time. He loves it!! He LOVES to play fetch, especially with bottle caps! He sits on my lap in the car & stays with no crying or moving around! The list goes on & on! I'll always get black cats from now on when adopting!!!! At least I think? Ya never know when they adopt you :-)


I adopted a black cat on Friday the 13th! Talk about pushing my luck right? She's a wonderful kitten. Very playful and very loving. She purrs all the time and loves being held.

Grady Truchelut

Black cats are my favorite color of cat because they are quite beautiful and all of mine have been very smart and friendly. I have owned male black cats that were some of the friendliest cats I've owned. I've also owned 2 female black cats and these are my favorite cats of all. Also friendly but a bit more active and quite large personalities. Black cats are the best! I own 2 now and wish I had room for more!