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.



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!


I only looked at black kitties the last time I went to adopt, since I knew they often had trouble finding homes. I'm convinced that my Lloyd is not only the best black cat in Milwaukee County, but the best cat, period. He is such a darling; in the two and a half years since I adopted him, I've never heard him hiss or growl, which is amazing since my older cat picks on him. On cold nights, he curls up next to me under the blanket. And he's so handsome. Every time I take him somewhere, he gets compliments. I think I only want black cats from now on.


I have 2 cats one is almost all black his tummy has a white spot and his back paw looks like he stepped in white paint cuz his toes are a little white, and the other looks like she wears a tuxedo they are brother and sister, my friend's mom came over and his little sister showed me this cat and told me he needed a good home, we arranged for her to drop him off later because I needed to go buy supplies, well when she came back there were 2 and I had only planned on keeping the female because I had never had a female pet and I wanted to get "my little girl" and quite honestly I thought she was "cuter." My dad was okay with keeping 2 cats instead of one so we kept both, and let me tell you the one whos black doesn't get into half the trouble she does! She has an independent streak. He never tries to sneak outside, she does constantly or she sits by the door and howls, he never tries, and he will only sit on your lap if you invite him up by putting a special blanket on your lap, she will come over whenever she feels like it and if I have food while watching tv in that chair she tries to stick her face right in it! I love them both but he's way easier to deal with because I'm not constantly trying to enforce rules like moving him off of me like Miyu when she's in the way and I don't have to constantly crawl into the bushes to retrieve him because he had a mind of his own and darted outside.

Leslie Drake

I have a beautiful little black kitty I got at the local shelter, and she is sweet, and funny, and everyone who comes into contact with her falls in love-even our 120-pound mastiff. I had no intention of adopting a cat that day (I was there to pick upm a copy of some paper work), but when I walked down the line of cats displayed in the lobby, she was curled up asleep, opened those big yellow eyes and looked right at me, and put her little paw up on the glass. You can guess what happened then. I was really surprised when the clerk at the shelter who went through the adoption with me explained that black cats were difficult to find homes for. I cannot believe such ignorance still exists in our society. But, on the other hand, I guess I can. I have had quite a few cats over the past 33 years, and my little black rescue is at the top of the list.

dony ponce

Azabache was on Death Row at MDAS.... i was there to rescue a small, young black kitten that day, but something caught my attention.... inside a cage was a HUGE (18-20 pound) miniature Panther... all i could see was his bright, emerald green eyes, staring at me... Azabache was 3 years old, neautered and unfortunately had already been declawed by his previous owner.... i IMMEDIATELY told MDAS that I was taking him.... he is the KING of my house.. I've had him for 3 years.... and he is absolutely AMAZING!!!! I also rescued and adopted a Black Cat born without eyes, a black cat with weak back legs and a senior (13 year old) blind, deaf female black, long haired cat..... among them, i have orange tabbies and other mixes, but i am here to say BLACK CATS are BEAUTIFUL!!!! : )

alison cary

I had two of the most special kitties that were black. My sweet little Ms. Beasley and wonderfully funny Pitzi! Both of my sweet black girls are no longer with us any more but they remain in a very special place in my heart. Both of them were strays that we took in and both of them left an indelable memory! Sweet Ms. Beasley never met anyone she did not love! Very talkative and a real snuggler! She was my girl and she would come like a dog when you called her. My lovely funny girl Pitzi was a true cut up! She loved to play ALL the time! And when no one would play with her she would amuse herself by chasing her own tail! They were wonderful cats that were black and beautiful! My sweet little panthers that wait for me in heaven!