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 adopted a black cat seven months ago, and he had been in the shelter for 10 months-since he was 10 weeks old! I can't believe no one scooped him up as a little kitten, but we sure are happy they didn't. He is the friendliest cat and loves to be the center of attention. Our friends and family are totally smitten with him- and so are we! We hate the black cat stigma, and we like to say that he is our LUCKY cat! (But really, we're the lucky ones to have him in our lives)


I am incredibly lucky to have found the most loving and wonderful black cat (or cat of any color for that matter!). He is playful and loving; he always greets me at the door when I come home; and he invariably curls up on top of my head every night to sleep. He's never far from my side, whether he is trying to climb in to the bathtub during shower time, curled up around my shoulders when I'm watching a movie, or on the keyboard when I'm trying to do my work. I couldn't ask for a more loving companion or a better friend.

Please adopt a black cat.


Every black cat that I have ever known; have been the sweetest cats ever!!!

Cheryl Casper

We had a black kitten named Barney who showed up at my husband's car shop one day. My husband was sitting on a stool working on brakes. Barney (named for "Deputy Barney Fife" of the Andy Griffith Show) promptly climbed up my husband's leg and perched himself on his shoulder. From that day on he went everywhere my husband went, back and forth to work and rode on his shoulder or sitting in the back windshield of the truck. He soon discovered that things were more interesting at home since we had two adult female cats with whom he could show his mischievous side. Barney was a loving member of our family for 12 years at which time he became very sick with a pancreas disease. My Mom was in her 80s-90s during this time, and Barney became "her boy", as she adored him. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful this all black kitty was. He had a human personality almost, and I nicknamed him my "little Huckleberry Finn", because he loved to go outside so much that I figured he must have an imaginary raft somewhere that he rode down the river (ha). We miss him to this very day and it's been over two years. Don't hesitate to take in a black cat. They are wonderful! You won't regret it.


One afternoon we were out back grilling and my husband spotted this tiny little black baby just over our fence. He was scared and hungry. I lured him with food and he began hanging out with us there and when we went in I showed him our pet door. He came in after a short time and spent the night in our basement rafters and was super loving. My husband started calling him Squirt and it stuck. We had him neutered and he is our baby. Loves to have his entire face and head scratched.


I've always had black cats. The truth about black cats is that they are a a vision of elegance. I had to put down my black kitty of 15 years and I miss her so much. She was a wonderful, lovable, intuitive and sweet companion. I felt so lonely without her. I since have adopted another 2 year black kitty who is a male and he is also wonderful, lovable and so sweet. I call him my gentle giant. When I met him, he immediately was so loving and sweet. Don't pass up adopting a black cat because they truly are awesome companions and very beautiful!

Lexie Bauer

I rescued a black kitty years ago who was living on the streets. She became the best cat I ever owned. Even when I had to give her injections in her neck for kidney failure and hold her while the bag drip drip dripped, she laid still and calm, knowing I was helping her. She slept in the crook of my arm every night, while I held her back foot, which made me feel connected. She gave me the best kitty kisses too and nibbled my arm when whe wanted to show affection. After she passed at the age of 16, the first thing I did was go to the Humane Society and adopt another one. She has many similar traits...very smart, loving, and she comes when she's called as did my former black cat. I'll always own black cats, they are the best!


The myth is definitely not true. For one, witches don't sacrifice animals, that's a huge misconception. Secondly, black cats are just like other loving kitties and need good homes as well. I absolutely adore my black kitty, Spooky. He's a wonderful companion and very loving. I wouldn't trade him in for any other cat. :)

Maureen Fatigato

I am blessed with having 3 black cats. All were rescues that I took off of the streets. They are so loving and so smart. They are friendlier than my other cats. I wouldn't trade them for anything.

Debbie Scott

We have 2 black cats in our family. Both are very special to us. The oldest is Cletus and he came from a horrible pet store in the mall. We were not looking for a cat at the time, but we passed the windows and saw a kitten that was to tiny to be there. We went in and ask to see him. That poor kitten was almost starved to death! We paid the $25.00 and took him to the vet. There we learned that he was bearley 4 weeks old. He was put on antibiotics, a bottle, given his shots and sent home with us. We fell in love! He's been with us for 12 wonderful, joyful and loyal years! He is our baby. Jada was rescued off the streets as a little kitten. She was in our friends garage and would not let anyone touch her! She had been chased by all the neighborhood children trying to catch her, so she was terrified! I called my husband to help, he just walks up and picks her up. Jada has been his his cat since then. She is 6 years old now. Fiesty, playful, and full of spunk! We love both of our black cats very much and can not imagine our family with out them!
By the way, I'm glad to report that the mall pet store has been shut down!