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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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Shelly Logan

We rescued our sweet baby, Jack when our Pit treed him in the backyard. He was soo tiny but very trusting and came down to my daughter without any trouble. We gave him a high shelf in the bathroom so he could look down on the dog (Quigley). As soon as Quigley relized he was part of the family all he wanted to do was play. Now they play togather, with Jack being the istigator and tell on each other when one is being naughty. Black Cats are awsome!! Wouldn't know we would do without him and "Q" would really be lonesome!

Shawna

Black cats = all the colors of the rainbow. The two black cats I have had in my life have been the most affectionate and loving cats out of them all. Sleeping with their paw in my hand all night, the hugs, the kisses, the connection, their sense of adventure and actual comic timing- too many stories to tell. They are so beautiful and have such amazing personalities.

Cate A Clark LMT

Except for a tiny white spot under his chin, my old friend Ben was entirely black. Truly a miniture panther in appearance, we adopted Ben from Animal Humane when he was almost a year old. It wasn't easy convincing our 6 year old to adopt a full grown cat rather than a cute little kitten, but his sweetness won all our hearts. Ben taught me to keep my cats indoors, safe from cars, humans, other animals and feline diseases. Ben suffered 2 incidents of cruel human-caused damage and yet remained trusting, loving, friendly and engaged. He consistently demonstrated loyalty and gentleness. When he looked at me, the Love in his eyes was undeniable.

Karen Easterling

Our cat, Clyde, is solid black and is the coolest cat ever! He is about 10 years old now and was given to us by a freind who's barn cat had a litter. He is huge! He has long fluffy hair and is just the biggest most lovable baby ever. He likes to go outside but we make sure on Halloween night that we keep him inside. Im not sure if the stories are true about people stealing black cats at Halloween, but we are not taking any chances!

Pat Barker

I have two solid black cats, one of which was abandoned at my vets office as a kitten with both hind legs broken. What made it all the sadder was the legs had been broken at different time, as the right one had already begun to set. People are just plain silly to attribute bad luck to a color. Both of mine are wonderful loving animals. However, I did notice that in areas where "questionable religious beliefs" are practiced, black cats tend to "disappear" around this time of year, so I've always kept mine inside.

tom haubner

We found a kitten 8 1/2 yrs ago. every time I got up off the couch
she would hop up and sit where I was, I couldnt see her at night and I kept sitting on her.

So I named her shadow, shes been my second best cat pet.

Pam

Our black cat is the most loving animal our home has ever had. From the day I found her and brought her home. She has made friends with our goats, to going into rabbit cages to clean the baby rabbits, yes the mom was ok with that!
don't second guess an animal or people by the outside! Look within to see there true beauty!

Susan

I LOVE BLACK CATS. I live with 6 rescued cats and 4 are black. They are so full of fun and often behave like a dog. They love to roll over on my feet and get their bellies rubbed. They're super friendly and very affectionate and they love to clean each other's faces. Black cats also require less grooming because a quick rub with your hand down their backs often is all the combing they need. They shed much less than my two tabby cats. They can be a little chatty sometimes but they're great company.

Michele Clement

My black kitty was found in the wheel well of a van where he had travelled about 10 miles before the van parked and he fell out. Friends who know I am a push over for rescues, called me and I rushed to take this small little boy to the vet. Miraculously he was not injured and in good health. He cuddled on my shoulder and hung on for dear life. Sooo...I named him Velcro!
He joined my redhead cat, Peanut, my Dalmatian mix, Noodle, and my three pit bulls, Tommy, Sasha, and Alamo; all rescues. He loves to play and is always doing something to make me laugh. I have a full house of unconditional love! Who could ask for more?

Meg Massaro

My favorite cat of all time was Medea, a black cat I took home as a kitten from a nearby cat adoption center. I spent a morning playing with virtually every cat in the center, and Medea was the only one who was playful, spirited, affectionate, and never struggled or showed a claw when I picked her up and held her. She lived with me for 18 years, and I still miss her terribly.

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