Oh HELL NO. No...Poor things. What a "bad rap", and to think they've lived with it all these years! It's just another myth that people created and whoever the "victim" of the myth is about, gets scared from that dia on. Get a book on myths, old wives tales, and the like, and see, down through history how many of these falsehoods have been started, and passed on. Never let fear control you...there's always an explanation for everything.... Black gatos are actually my favorito kind of cat/color.