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 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!

Linda Jacobs

I have adopted black cats for 20 yrs. My current baby Ebony I got 5 yrs ago when she was only 2 months old. Her owner gave away her siblings but no one wanted her because she was like her mom and only had a stump for a tail. She is one of the most loving cats I have ever had. I spoil her rotten. She loves to sleep under my arm at night after she kneads the blanket over me. She is my little love and I would protect her with all that I have.My friend Eddie calls her boo boo because she reminds him of halloween. He spoils her also. When he takes a glass of milk he calls her to come have her share before he has his. She has so many different vocal sounds that I know what she is asking for. Sometimes I say show momma and she leads me either to her food bowl or the front door for outside. I love her with all my heart

Cathy T

She started as a foster cat for a friend and has found a forever home with me. Matilde is a 15 lb. black cat with beautiful green/gold eyes and a real lovebug.


My sister and I both have a black cat They were both strays we took in They are both loving great cats mine thinks she is a dog. My sister and I are both very careful around October With all our animals especially the black cats. like it or not there are people who do use them Satanic rituals But that is even more reason for good people to give adopt a black and ensure it is safe and has a good home . They are great!!!!


Hello all - I have to say, this article rings true. I adopted my black kitty from a shelter in Rhode Island about five years ago and it was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made regarding a pet.

Eddie is his name (I renamed him Eddie Haskell-for the little devil that he is) and I knew it was love at first sight when I saw his sweet little face. He was part of a litter with six other black kittens and everyone just passed them by. I remember that day quite well. The shelter employee was really trying to market these awesome dudes/dudettes - and I have to say, I am very glad she was routing for them. My Eddie just rocks, bottom line!

He has brought me many laughs, some worries too, but most of all - continued joy, love and amazing companionship to my life (and I think he feels the same way!). We are lucky to have each other!

Thanks for reading my story!


I started out with one black cat-we adopted him from a shelter, he was abused from his previous home-and turned out to be the biggest LOVE imaginable and such a good protector of his Mama! Then another black kitty came to me from a friend who couldn't keep him. He was 20 pounds, and such a gentle giant! But unfortunately, he was only 6 years old when he got lymphoma and we tried treatments, but after a month, our hearts broke and he left us. Now, I have adopted a 3rd black kitty-who was left in a box on someones porch and she is an absolute sweetheart! I guess I just attract black cats, and I wouldn't want it any other way!