January 31, 2023

It’s Black Cat Appreciation Day!

It's Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Give the raven-coated feline in your life a squeeze because it’s Black Cat Appreciation Day! Every year on this day, animal-lovers celebrate these special kitties and spread awareness about what great pets black cats can make.

Here at the ASPCA, it’s no surprise we love black cats, but because of outdated—and incorrect—myths and superstitions, they have long been unfairly linked to bad luck for centuries. But the truth is, while black cats get a bad rap, they’re just as sweet and loveable as the next feline! In fact, in many cultures black cats are considered a prized pet. In places like Japan and the British Isles, they’ve even been thought to bring their pet parents good luck.

We hope you will join us today in celebrating Black Cat Appreciation Day by sharing this article with your friends and family to encourage black cat adoption, or consider bringing home your own ebony-colored friend by heading to your local shelter and adopting a black cat.

If you already have a resident black kitty at home, we’d love to see your photos! Share your best photo using the hashtag #BlackCatAppreciationDay—you just might persuade someone else to give these sweet felines a little extra attention.