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Debunking the Black Cat Myth

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 10:45am

Black cats have never had it easy. In fact, they have long been considered bad luck and unfairly linked to witchcraft for centuries. With it being Friday the 13th, we think it’s the perfect time to put some common assumptions about black cats to the test.

Black Cats Bring Bad Luck
False. In reality the color of a cat's coat has nothing to do with good or bad luck. And just for the record, in many other cultures, a black cat is a prized pet. In places like Japan and the British Isles, they’re even thought to bring their pet parents good luck!

Black Cats Are Evil
False. Sure they may jump on the kitchen counter or use your favorite chair as a scratching post. And just maybe they even try to nibble your toes while you sleep. All cats can be playful. But evil? We think not.  

Black Cats Are Often Unwanted
Ask any shelter or rescue worker and they will tell you—black cats are the hardest to get adopted. In fact, they are only half as likely to find homes as other cats. So, what’s the problem? An unfairly earned reputation? Yep.   

Black Cats Make Awesome Pets!
True. Black cats may get a bad rap, but really they're just as lovable as the next furry feline. So help us turn their luck around.Share this article with your friends, and consider adopting one of the cuties currently available at the ASPCA Adoption Center!  

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I've had my black cat, Skiba, for five years now and have had nothing but great luck with her. I adopted her when she was six months old and she's been my princess ever since. I love her with all my heart and see no reason why black cats should not be adopted just as easily as any other cat. She has a stunning personality, a beautiful shiny black coat, and a loving heart. I don't know what I'd do without my little girl.

Adrian Jurkiw

Please don't let silly superstitions deny a living cat a nice home. Give them a chance, I think they'll surprise you for the better.


My best friend adopted a black cat from the Humane Society four years ago. Pandora is a chubby, silly, somewhat dimwitted (it's part of her charm!), adorable ball of fluff. Her black fur is the best - when she's sleeping you can't even tell where her face is until she opens her eyes; she's invisible in the dark; she's like a ninja! She's the greatest and it saddens me that people would avoid adopting a wonderful cat like P because of silly, outdated superstitions.

Jennifer H

Perhaps in the past... Like... decades ago, but I can't believe that anyone would judge a cat on the color of its fur. I mean... For the most part we're beyond racial profiling... Why would anyone judge a cat that same way?

I, for one, absolutely adore black cats. Though its hard to find a pure black cat so I have a tuxedo cat. They're just as sweet, mischievous and cuddly as all the other cats. And just as loyal if you treat them right. Cats are excellent pet companions.


Yes they do. My three best friends think they are evil, and so do countless others at my school.


I'm having trouble believing you but if you mean what you say:
1. No animal is evil. Cruelty, ignorance and mistreatment by people can make them defend themselves though
2. Color has no significant bearing on any animal's temperament
3. Learn to think for yourself. Relying on the stupidity of others is a big mistake
4. What do they teach you at your school?
5. Grow up soon


it still happens sadly, i was walking my black cat Sabrina today and a woman totally flipped out and yelled at me to get away from her and to take my cat away. i got really hurt because Sabrina is so sweet and smart we often play fetch and she seemed so confused at the yelling lady whats worse is she is also dark brown with white flecks and if that woman had paid closer attention she would have seen the mistake in her judgement.


I was the proud owner of a black cat for almost 18 years. She was my first cat and a rescue. Bad luck was the last thing she ever gave me. She was too busy showering me with her unconditional love. If more people gave them a chance, they would realize how silly this superstition is.

Pam Rucker

We have had a number of cats over the years, my black cat Lui was by far the the love of my life. Miss him!


Thank you so much for posting this today!!! Black cats are the BEST!!! My first kitty, Mandy, was a black cat and she was the sweetest kitty ever! I loved her to death and hope I can one day have another wonderful, black cat, like she was! If you ask me, I think she was good luck! Hopefully one day we can do away with stupid beliefs like "black cats bring bad luck" because these kitties did nothing wrong to get their beautiful black coats <3