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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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Lisa S

I have loved black cats all my life. Kali my current black cat, and is my protector. She came to us in a semi feral state and was a grumpy girl, until she was treated repeatedly with love and kindness and settled in. Now she tucks me in at night, literally pulling the covers around my shoulders and then snuggling there to protect me. If I am upset she is in my lap comforting me. I am blessed to have her. I have always thought that blackies have a better nature that most cats, though I have a tortie and a long hair too.

Ann

I got my black cat as a ferrel 8 week old from a woodpile. She was a little ball of hiss when she came to us and turned into the most loving little baby. She sleeps with me everynight. I am convinced that the woodpile was magic!

Sherri Owles

We have had 2 black cats. They were loving and smart and funny. If we ever get any more cats it will definitely be a black one...or 2. My daughters are allergic to dogs and cats so I am hoping they will one day grow out of that because I miss my cats :( Fee and Fattie lived till they were 15 and Anna lived till she was 19 1/2.

Pamela Duke

Black cats are wonderful pets, just like any other kitty. I specifically look to adopt black cats if there are any a available when I adopt. For the past 24 years I've had black or black & white kitties. They aren't bad luck just like walking under a ladder or breaking a mirror aren't bad luck- only silly superstitions!

While I have always had Siamese cats because of their dog-like dispositions, I rescued Zoey, a gorgeous black domestic shorthair about three years ago. Someone had boxed Zoey up and left the box by a trash dumpster in Chicago. Thankfully, her high pitched voice saved her from being compressed with the rest of the trash. Zoey is big, burly, beautiful and very funny. She always disguises herself by sitting on a black piece of furniture. She loves to go to work with me and is the perfect desk top accessory. I wouldn't trade her for all the tea in China.

Judith

I adopted Maddie from the local Humane Society 2 years ago come November. They told me when I adopted her that black cats were usually the last to be adopted. She is a real sweetie - she loves to lay across my arms belly up when I am on my laptop, plays fetch (she did this herself - I am sure that she thinks that she taught me) and is a great lap cat. And she knows what to do if field mice sneak in.

Alyssa

I adopted a black cat seven months ago, and he had been in the shelter for 10 months-since he was 10 weeks old! I can't believe no one scooped him up as a little kitten, but we sure are happy they didn't. He is the friendliest cat and loves to be the center of attention. Our friends and family are totally smitten with him- and so are we! We hate the black cat stigma, and we like to say that he is our LUCKY cat! (But really, we're the lucky ones to have him in our lives)

Jackie

I am incredibly lucky to have found the most loving and wonderful black cat (or cat of any color for that matter!). He is playful and loving; he always greets me at the door when I come home; and he invariably curls up on top of my head every night to sleep. He's never far from my side, whether he is trying to climb in to the bathtub during shower time, curled up around my shoulders when I'm watching a movie, or on the keyboard when I'm trying to do my work. I couldn't ask for a more loving companion or a better friend.

Please adopt a black cat.

Debbie

Every black cat that I have ever known; have been the sweetest cats ever!!!

Cheryl Casper

We had a black kitten named Barney who showed up at my husband's car shop one day. My husband was sitting on a stool working on brakes. Barney (named for "Deputy Barney Fife" of the Andy Griffith Show) promptly climbed up my husband's leg and perched himself on his shoulder. From that day on he went everywhere my husband went, back and forth to work and rode on his shoulder or sitting in the back windshield of the truck. He soon discovered that things were more interesting at home since we had two adult female cats with whom he could show his mischievous side. Barney was a loving member of our family for 12 years at which time he became very sick with a pancreas disease. My Mom was in her 80s-90s during this time, and Barney became "her boy", as she adored him. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful this all black kitty was. He had a human personality almost, and I nicknamed him my "little Huckleberry Finn", because he loved to go outside so much that I figured he must have an imaginary raft somewhere that he rode down the river (ha). We miss him to this very day and it's been over two years. Don't hesitate to take in a black cat. They are wonderful! You won't regret it.

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