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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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Comments

Weifang Ha

I grew up with two black cats; Lady Diana, and Batman. Lady Di was old and crotchety, but she was still a sweet cat, and sat next to me when I played on the floor as a kid. I still have Batman now, and he's very energetic, but very sweet. He loves affection, and he's a good friend. He's very keen to my emotions, and comforted me when one of my friends died in high school. I wasn't even crying, but he smelled my pheromones, and could tell I was sad, and lay next to me to comfort me. You should really get a black cat. They're great!!!

catpassion

I got mine two days ago. I used to have a black cat for 14 years when I was a kid. From then, all of my family have had this passion for black cats. After moving to Montreal we found two black brothers. My brother took one and I the other. Extremely beautiful, naughty, kind, well mannered. It is 4 months old now. I'm just loving it. Home feels better with it. :)
Black is the most elegant. Mark my word for it! :)

Maximus

My black cat is amazing! Since adopting him my bf and I have found a roommate (who loves cats), thus significantly reducing our cost of living, and I got into grad school- so unlucky he is not!!!! But seriously- Maximus is very smart, looks like a panther, doesn't shed at all, cuddles like crazy, actually comes and cuddles on command! His purrs are deep and soothing, and his voice is quiet and subtle (unless I'm making a sandwich, then he gets loud because he wants some meat.) anyways, I had to comment because it is upsetting to see that people are color-biased towards adoptions! I mean please, it's a mini panther folks

lillian

I have a long history of owning black cats. They usually find me and have since I was a child. I was stunned to learn that the local Humane Society as well as the rescue center Happy Tails refuse to take black cats because of the 'satanic rituals' conducted in the area. I've never heard of a single satanic ritual in the local news, but they believe there is a rash of them. Regardless, in response to the question "What am I supposed to do with it then?" they shrug and say they can't help. I have a new black cat because of it, but that is appalling for Franklin, Tennessee.

Cat Daddy

Unless someone shows interest in a black cat., many government shelters do not bother to neuter or give shots to black cats as it is expected that these cats will never get adopted and it would be a waste of municipal funds. That is the current reality for black cats.

We recently adopted a 1 year old black cat from the county shelter. I'd like to say that we picked him, but the truth is he picked us. We were looking for a second cat for our home, and we were leaning in favor of adopting a kitten under 6 months. However, this "mini-panther" saw my girlfriend, plopped on his back, and purred like a motorboat. I had never seen a connection between cat and human develop so quickly. Admittedly, I was hesitant to pick a stray cat that had been in the shelter for two months because I wrongfully presumed that there was something inherently wrong with him behaviorally. We walked closer to his cage, and he began kneading the newspaper just at the sight of us. Of course, we adopted him.

I have owned various pure-bred cats and strays, but I have never met a more affectionate cat than Edgar Allan Poe, as he is now named. In retrospect, I am so grateful that we adopted a black cat. First, photos never capture the velvet-like coat of a black cat. It is something that must be experienced. Second, there is something incredibly gratifying that this cat defeated the odds against him (, as he was next in line for Euthanasia,) merely because of his coat color.

Tai

We just adopted a wonderful 1 year old black cat from the Washington Humane Society and he is so sweet, friendly and loving. The myth is BS and I'm happy the ASPCA is bringing awareness to this issue. Pitbulls and black cats -- need more adoptions to loving homes. We need to stop this bias and prejudice.

alexis

I have a black cat named Midnight, he is one of the nicest and sweetest cats you will ever meet. He is in no way shape or form of bad luck.In fact I am so lucky to have him!(:

Sadie Stephens

My cat kittikakes (Kitty Cakes) is a feral cat, my mom found her when she was a baby. She is adorable and sweet, and never sheds! But she does have an abrasive side, but its just cuz she is a feral but she does have a sweet side but she is only mean because she is feral/wild. I love her so much and her fur is very silky! she is cuddly an awesome. i love kittikakes

Ariana

i have a black cat at home, and he is not bad or scary at all. i have to cats a tabby cat ( he is orange) and a main coon ( he is black ) i love both so so much, but it seems like my black kitty is much calmer, and he will let you hold him for the longest time. my other cat does not really like to be held as much. but black cats are so sweet, beautiful, and they are perfect. people should try and have a black cat at there home! and im sure they wont regret it! :)

Ariana

I adore black cats!! they are super sweet, and very cute! i have a black cat at home named midnight. he is such a wonderful cat! he will always let you hold him, and hug him as long as you want! the day we got him, was me and my mom were out looking for a cat. we were starting to give up, untill right beside me a little black paw was on my hand. i looked up, and the little black kitty was meowing with his paw on mine. like he was saying " please take me home". me and my mom giggled at the little guy! who could pass down such a cutie like him? certainly not us! so, we decided to get him! on our way out, one of the guys who wroked there said " its a good thing you got him, because of not we would of had to put him down the next day" i was so glad we got him! he turnd out to be such a sweet, and cute little guy! people who are scared of black cats, should at least give them a try! once they try it they will be glad they did!!

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