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.



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.


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.


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


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! :)


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!!


I adopted my first black cat 3 years ago.My son was just shy of a year old and I was concerned as to how Binx(my black cat) would be with him.I have never seen a cat be so attentive towards a child as she is with my son.When he cries she tries to sooth him.When he calls her name she comes to him like a dog would do for treats.


I adopted my black cat in 2012 and it was the best decision I ever made! He greets me at the door when I get home, waits for me on the sink while I shower, and sleeps cuddled up next to me every single night. He also taught himself to play fetch! I wouldn't trade him for anything.

ash loves cats

I have a cat named midnight. He is black but is good luck in me and my mom's opinion. He is very loving and sweet although he was a scardy cat when he was a younger kitten. He's also a bit lazy and puts his butt up when you pet his back. Is this normal?!? Anyways, I hope people do not judge cats by the color of thier fur, but by their personality, whether lazy or active, loud or quiet.

The Florences

My husband and I have two older kittens (They are 9 and 10) and we decided one day that they needed a playmate, someone to keep them active. We went to our local shelter and had our hearts set on this little tortie we saw on their site. When we got there the tortie was very skittish and hissed at me twice so we looked at the other cats, there were many to come up to us but one in particular caught my eye. He was a BIG (Long Tall and with a tail like nothing I had ever seen) boy, he wathced me and my husband but made no move to come and see us so I asked them why and they said he has been here since he was born (Almost a year) and after watching all the people and their reactions to him (Because he was black) he has learned to never approch, if you want to see him you will have to go to him. So I went over and said hi (My husband was over looking at the kittens with his back turned to me. Shadow jumped into my arms and rubbed his face on mine and I was in love, I got my husbands attention and he came over to see and while still in my arms shadow turned around and did the same to my husband. We got approval to take him home that day and he is the most amazing (Still growing) baby ever and we love him to piece. (we have also decided that we will only adopt black cats in the future after we found the sweetest boy ever and he had been there a year just because of some superstition)