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.



Jill Jepson

Twelve years ago, I adopted a black kitten. Pixie has been the sweetest, most affectionate cat I've ever known. She is also beautiful. I would advise anyone who loves cats to adopt a black one.

mary ellen

I adopted my black cat Dixie from a shelter, I had gone there looking for a friend for my cat Migo. I went there looking for a boy cat, and I am partial to red cats, but the lady convinced me to give her a try, she was right. Dixie is so smart that I always say I should put her in the movies and my husband and I could retire!


I adopted a black kitten about 8 years ago, (along with her companion). She pretty much adopted me. I went to the shelter to meet the kittens and she immediately jumped into my lap. I knew she was going home with me at that moment. The second night I had her, she curled up on my shoulder and fell asleep. She constantly purrs and, no pun intended, is my shadow. She is so friendly and has a very sweet disposition. I am so glad she picked me.

Mary Bates

I own 3 black cats. They all came as strays to my home! I am so glad that I "adopted" them. They are very loving & sweet!!!

Cheryl B

We have three black kitties, one found us and he's the smartest cat ive ever had. The other two were rescues because I knew Noone would take them in they are both black and blind . They are amazing cats..I'm forever hooked on black kitties now.

K Richardson

My husband and I adopted a black kitten, with gorgeous lime green eyes, in May 2011 and he has quite the personality! We already had 2 female cats so adding a male cat would make for an interesting change in the family dynamic. I always wanted a black and when I saw little Diego for adoption, I couldn't resist!

Diego is so loving - he wants to sit in our laps while we are at the computer, he loves to lay on my chest when I'm relaxing on the couch and he happily joins me for afternoon naps on the weekend. He makes the coolest little noises and chirps - especially when we arrive home! He greets me with a kitty version of "hello!" after a long day at the office. He follows my husband around the house, cries out when he leaves and will even wait at the front door for him to return. We often warn our house guests that Diego likes to play "paw" under the bathroom door so don't be alarmed if you see his little black paws reaching in! It is so hilarious!

I cannot imagine life with out Diego - he is one in a million! Black cats are AWESOME!


We rescued a black kitten 9 months ago and named her Loki, after the god of mischief. And boy does she live up to the name! She's full of energy and absolutely rules the other 2 cats & w dogs of the house. She's not a kitty who likes to be picked up & carrie--she likes te aloof--but when I sleep, suddenly she's 100% cuddle, at least as long as she thinks I'm asleep. If I move, she's Miss Aloof again! But when she is in the mood to be petted, you cannot refuse. She won't let you go until she's gotten all the petting she wants, there's no escape, she holds your arm and if you try to stop before she's done, out come the claws! It's so funny! She's got about a thousand nicknames, like the couch monster, the tiny mischief god, the sleek black menace, attack cuddler, master of the hounds,r, oh I could go on. She'll turn 1 in December. We're so glad to have her to keep us all on our toes!

Debra Travis

I am currently the proud parent of 3 adorable black cats, Dora, Batman and Little B. Dora (step-mom) and the boys (brothers) have gotten along famously since they were introduced to each other 2 years ago. They are all rescues. Dora adopted the boys from the minute I brought them home and has kept them in their place ever since. They bring joy and laughter to me on a daily basis. Recently Little B had a kidney stone and had to be hospitalized, but Momma Cat was there to make him feel better when he came home. I have had black cats for over 30 years and would feel incomplete without one. I love it when they decide that I can share the bed with them at night.


We have a black cat, his name is Kozmo and we love him. We always try to adopt a black cat. There is just something about them we love. I will always have one :-)


Our first five cats who "adopted" us were all strays who had been thrown away and were all black. We adored them and felt incredibly lucky they found their way to our house. Our first lived to be nineteen years and four months, and it was like losing a child when she died. We currently have one black cat in the mix, and he's part maine coon--beautifully, strikingly handsome!