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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.

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.
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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!!

I adopted my all-black cat Max from a rescue society. He is the most wonderful, friendly cat you would meet! He is a great companion and is beautiful!! He was already spayed when I adopted hin at 11 months. What a precious gem of a cat. I would highly recommend black cats because they beautiful and make great pets!

Judith

I currently live with a wonderful black cat, Little Lucy Beane (LL Beane for short!) who has been with me for 18+ years. But my first black cat, whom I named Black Cat (B.C. for short, because he came to me in British Columbia where I lived at the time), actually picked me. I had been seeing him around the neighborhood. One day, he came into my living room and fell over sideways. I called my husband who came home from work early to bring this cat and me to the vet. I had already marveled at how he had picked me for help. He had a disease that kills cats -- feline peritonitis. We drained his stomach of almost two gallons of fluid over the next week. The vet put him on Vitamin C because there had been some literature of its effectiveness in this disease. Black Cat lived! And he was mine. But, really, I was his. He and I had a special bond, no matter what other cats lived with us. It was someting I sensed, that he was tied to me. That feeling never went away. To this day, my heart goes out to black cats. They have the most gorgeous eyes and souls. Little Lucy Beane is tenacious of life. I hope to have her with me for a good while through the strength of our feelings for each other. Black cats are all special!

Carol

I found my black cat when he was a few hours old and raised him with a bottle. We are still together after 18 years. In fact, he is sitting on my lap, purring , as I write this. He is a gorgeous, loving and intelligent family member. I wish he would stay with me forever.

Janet Allsop

I love black cats. I have had four black cats in my lifetime (since I was a teenager) and am now in my 60's. Annie, Archie, Kizzie and Sootie. My last black cat, Sootie, was 17 years old when he passed away from complications due to diabetes in 2009. I still miss him. I was looking for another one but am now renting and am only allowed one cat which I already have. Until now, I cannot think of a time that I have not had one in my household. Black cats are intelligent, (Archie used to fetch a ball and bring it back to me and would also come back home if you whistled for him). They are sweet-natured, friendly and very loving. I really miss having one in my life.

kati

My Java Bean was left on my balcony by his mama! He was so little when I found him he thinks he's a person and in no way shape or form a cat!! He has an amazing personality and he loves to cuddle up next to me every chance he gets! He's a great cat and I would recommend to anyone and everyone GO BLACK when adopting you will not regret it!!

Joan Parsley

I adopted my black cat, Bear, when my father and his wife passed away over ten years ago. He is from Las Vegas so I refer to him as my Las Vegas Cool Cat. He is very affectionate and loving to all my animals. He has never met a cat or dog he didn't like. One of his nicknames is Mr. Mellow and nothing seems to faze him. His younger feline "sister" adores him and is always grooming him much to his delight. Everyone loves Bear!

laurie

my dad prefers to have a black cat but loves all kitties as do i. I am not a big fan of orange cats but have had one in the past. I find colour doesn't matter they are all adorable. But dad's black cat Bruce is a big 25lb suck.

Tanya

We have 2 black cats that we rescued when their momma showed up in labor at a friend's house. She had 6 kitties. Two of them were black. My friends kept the momma and the 4 kittens and we kept the black ones, they are brother and sister. They are sooo sweet. The boy, who we've named Casanova is a real lover, he loves to sit on your lap and purrrrrrr all day while you scratch him behind his ears. His sister, Calypso, falls asleep in your arms, she'll lay in the fold. They love attention and make sure that every time you pass by them in the house, to let you know they're there so you can pet them. I would adopt Marissa in a heartbeat if I could, but I also have 2 more rescue cats and 3 shih-tzu dogs, one of them is in full coat, so busy busy. Black cats definitely deserve a chance though.

Tamara

I have 2 tuxedo kitties and 3 black cats. Our most recent furry black family member showed up at our house in August as a tiny kitten. I have no idea where he came from, but I wondered whether someone culled him from a litter because he's black. Our black cats have brought us nothing but good luck and much, much love.

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