In this video, we will separate fact from fiction by sharing 16 common myths about cats.
Cats always land on their feet
Cats often land on their feet when they fall from a height. This is because they have innate ability known as ‘righting reflex’, whereby they’re able to twist their bodies around in the air while they are falling.
Where this is all true, the fact is that cats don’t always land on their feet. And this myth is very concerning because many cat owners take it literally.
Cats aren’t affectionate.
Many people think that cats are standoffish and less likely to love their owners. But the truth is that cats do love their owners—they just express affection much differently than dogs.
On that note, a study published in the journal Current Biology, found that cats form attachments to their owners that are similar to those that dogs and even babies form with their caregivers. Other studies have shown that cats see their owners as a source of comfort and security.
Cats Can Thrive on a Vegan Diet
Some people who choose a vegan diet also subject their feline friend to a meatless lifestyle. But cats are obligate carnivores and need meat to satisfy their nutritional needs.
Cats have nine lives
Although this is a silly myth, the concerning thing about this superstition is what it implies.
Many cat owners think that their feline doesn’t need particular care. But the reality is that cats require good care, preventative medicine, good food, good hygiene, and lots of love to ensure a long and happy life.
Cats purr when they are happy
Cats often purr when they are happy. However, they may also purr when they are stressed, frightened, are feeling unwell or in pain. They purr in order to provide comfort to themselves.
Milk is a great treat for cats
Many people think it is okay for cats to drink milk, However, most felines are lactose intolerant.
Declawing is not harmful
Declawing is a completely unnecessary surgery. Saving your furniture by destroying your cat’s body is not acceptable. Declawing is torturous for your cat.
Cats are cold and aloof.
Domestic cats are by nature more independent and tend towards solitary habits. This doesn’t mean that cats are cold or aloof though.
Cats have had to survive as solitary animals.This means that cats are often wary of strangers or unknown circumstances as a way of self-protection.
Cats can’t be trained
While not as easily trainable as dogs, cats can indeed be taught certain commands such as sitting, staying or coming with the promise of treats.
Cats are nocturnal
Many people think cats are nocturnal because their cat wakes them up at 4 o’clock in the morning. However, cats are actually crepuscular. This means that they are most awake at dusk and dawn when there are better hunting opportunities. Cats are not hardwired to sleep during the day and be awake all night
Cats are low-maintenance pets that don’t require much care
It’s common to hear that cats don’t need as much care as dogs do.
While cats are independent and strong animals, they can also be delicate. As with any other pet in your house, cats need to be looked after as much as dogs do, and neglecting any of their needs can lead to health problems.
Black cats bring bad luck
Unfortunately, this myth is very concerning for black cats, as statistics have shown that these cats are the least adopted from shelters.
But the reality is that the color of a cat’s fur has nothing to do with luck.
Cats don’t like dogs
Although dogs and cats have been portrayed in Hollywood as enemies, the truth is that most cats and dogs do not see each other as direct competition and can actually get along very well.
Cats absolutely hate water
Many cats are actually fascinated by water and some even love to play with it, especially if it is running from a faucet. In reality, cats just generally don’t like to be submerged in water.
Cats can see perfectly in total darkness
Depending on the light, the shape of a cat’s pupil can change from almost fully round to vertical slit. Although cats have a superior ability to see in near-darkness, they cannot see in total darkness.
Pregnant women cannot live with cats
This myth about cats giving pregnant women toxoplasmosis has led to some cats being abandoned by their owners.
This infection is very rare in cats who eat commercially prepared cat food, who have been domesticated from birth, and who have received their vaccinations.
And if a cat is not a carrier of this parasite, there’s no risk of transmission to a pregnant woman. If you are worried, then have your cat checked for Toxoplasmosis at a vet, and as a double precaution, don’t let pregnant women clean out your cat’s litter box with their bare hands.
All cats love catnip
Cats love catnip and most felines get hyperactive in response to this plant.
However, not all cats respond to catnip. Researchers have found that one in three cats are not affected to catnip.