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 have a black boy and a tabby girl, they're brother and sister and adorabe. they're both very smart and affectionate but the black boy is MUCH more playful than his sister. we have even taught him to play fetch whilst his sister will just sit and watch.

He loves a cuddle, sometimes too much as he gets jealous when i "stroke" my ipad when typing on it.


My daughter begged me to adopt this black cat..she was homeless and well living on the streets...I already have an all white cat I told her she said please momma. So I gave in and we took her on home...Her name is Nala she is 2 years old and you would swear she was a dog...You can't say here kitty kitty. YOu have to call her by her name. She plays fetch with paper balls...If you ball up a piece of paper she is right there in front of you. She is 16 pounds and I love her with all I am...She Def has made an impact in this family! We all Love her so much!

Alyce Caulder

I've had many black cats over the years and they have all been wonderful and full of personality. I currently have one little black kitty named Sunshine but I usually call her Sunny. She is the sweetest little love bug, she's kind of shy around other people but she is a darling girl. I wouldn't hesitate to get another black cat when I no longer have a full house:)

B Wagner

I have (2) black cats-Philla & Phoebe. I found them several years ago as kittens abandoned in a wooded area-hungry & frightened. I managed to catch them (after feeding them on the side of the road)and took them home. I was unable to find a home for them, and knowing their chances of getting adopted, I kept them as my pets. They are beautiful animals, shiny black coats and striking yellow eyes and are the same as any domestic short hair. Don't allow ancient superstitions to effect your decision on adopting-black is beautiful!

Lisa S

I have loved black cats all my life. Kali my current black cat, and is my protector. She came to us in a semi feral state and was a grumpy girl, until she was treated repeatedly with love and kindness and settled in. Now she tucks me in at night, literally pulling the covers around my shoulders and then snuggling there to protect me. If I am upset she is in my lap comforting me. I am blessed to have her. I have always thought that blackies have a better nature that most cats, though I have a tortie and a long hair too.


I got my black cat as a ferrel 8 week old from a woodpile. She was a little ball of hiss when she came to us and turned into the most loving little baby. She sleeps with me everynight. I am convinced that the woodpile was magic!

Sherri Owles

We have had 2 black cats. They were loving and smart and funny. If we ever get any more cats it will definitely be a black one...or 2. My daughters are allergic to dogs and cats so I am hoping they will one day grow out of that because I miss my cats :( Fee and Fattie lived till they were 15 and Anna lived till she was 19 1/2.

Pamela Duke

Black cats are wonderful pets, just like any other kitty. I specifically look to adopt black cats if there are any a available when I adopt. For the past 24 years I've had black or black & white kitties. They aren't bad luck just like walking under a ladder or breaking a mirror aren't bad luck- only silly superstitions!

While I have always had Siamese cats because of their dog-like dispositions, I rescued Zoey, a gorgeous black domestic shorthair about three years ago. Someone had boxed Zoey up and left the box by a trash dumpster in Chicago. Thankfully, her high pitched voice saved her from being compressed with the rest of the trash. Zoey is big, burly, beautiful and very funny. She always disguises herself by sitting on a black piece of furniture. She loves to go to work with me and is the perfect desk top accessory. I wouldn't trade her for all the tea in China.


I adopted Maddie from the local Humane Society 2 years ago come November. They told me when I adopted her that black cats were usually the last to be adopted. She is a real sweetie - she loves to lay across my arms belly up when I am on my laptop, plays fetch (she did this herself - I am sure that she thinks that she taught me) and is a great lap cat. And she knows what to do if field mice sneak in.