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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.



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!

Sandy Ohara

I adopted a gorgeous baby girl long hair black cat 7yrs ago. She is the most loving' gentle furbaby you will ever find. She plays and follows you around like a puppy. People are reallly missing out if they judge the Kitty by the color of their fur. I also had 2 black Great Danes. Such a myth that they are bad's actually the oppose. "Black Rocks"!!!


On Sept 16, I adopted a 6 yr old black cat after losing my 19 year old 6 weeks before. Zorro is so loving and well mannered, it was instant love the day I "interviewed" him, he put both arms around my neck and rubbed the side of my neck.


I adopted my little Sunspot two years ago from my local SPCA and have loved every minute she's been in my home. When I adopted her it had been almost a year since I lost my 18 year old Tigger to cancer. My other cat was missing a friend, he grew up with Tigger and didn't know life without another cat. So I went in search of the perfect new addition to my family. Sunspot was exactly what I was looking for. She was so sweet and her start in life was not great. Abandoned by her mom under a shed in someone's back yard, the children who lived there found her and because she was dirty decided she needed a bath; it was late winter so it was still very cold outside. But they washed her up in the wading pool in their yard. The parents brought her into the spca cold, malnourished and with a cough. The spca nursed her back to health and put her up for adoption. When I saw her and took her out of the cage, she curled up in my arms and snuggled her head against my neck and just took a deep breath and fell asleep. I was such a goner right then! She's two years old now and never ceases to bring joy into the house. Tearing around acting like a little clown and daredevil. "Tormenting" my 13 year old cat who just wants to sleep :) Every pet I've ever owned I've gotten from a shelter and I've never been disappointed. I love animals and my little black Sunspot is no exception!


I have 2 black cats and a black dog - they are awesome, very loving and extremely friendly. They get along with my dogs and the other cats. They love to come up and show you affection and very playful. I would never trade them in for anything or anyone.

Becky Height

I have a black cat with white paws (Mittens), that just turned one year old. She is so entertaining and fun to watch (Loves the cat tree)!! And she is one of the most affectionate cats I have ever had. I have 2 other cats, one gray and one yellow, and they play together all the time. Love Her!!