Cats have always been surrounded by ancient myths and legends, but some can be downright dangerous to the cats well being, so here is a short list of common cat myths and facts which will disprove any of the ill meaning myths that cats have lived with for centuries.
Myth Number One:
Cats will always land on their feet.
Fact: Cats will, like many other animals, begin a fall with their feet down, but that does not, in any way, shape or form, mean that they will land on their feet unscathed. In many instances, cats that are high rise apartment dwellers have accidentally fallen from unprotected balconies and met their demise at the bottom. Placing guard rails on an apartment balcony, or simply not allowing your cat to go out on one, is the best way to avoid this catastrophe.
Myth Number Two:
Cats are too independent to be good pets.
Cats are just as capable of sharing a deep relationship with their owners as dogs are. Cats can be very loving pets and are even used in therapy programs with handicapped children and the elderly.
Dr. Serpell, a leading cat professional, stated that studies have shown that cat’s have unique characteristics which elicit empathy, more so even then other pets. Because cats are similar in size to a human baby, they may also help develop a compassionate trait in children who are raised in a household that has at least one cat as a pet. Taking part in caring for a pet cat can sometimes lead a child to feel more empathetic to fellow human beings.
Myth Number Three:
Cats don’t need as much care or attention as dogs do.
Unfortunately, this myth leads to many cats being neglected. A cat needs just as much love, affection, veterinary care and safe shelter as any other pet. Many people believe that if a cat is dumped out on the side of a country road, that it will manage to survive on an abundance of food that it can catch, such as mice. This leads not only to a very stressful, (and illegal) way of dealing with an unwanted cat, but also is the cause of many felines being hit by cars.
Myth Number Four:
Cats don’t need any vaccinations.
Cats, just like most warm blooded animals, can contract rabies. This is totally uncalled for because a rabies shot is inexpensive and can even be given by the owner if the vaccine can be found at a local farm or feed store. Feline Leukemia is another illness that can be warded off most times by the cat being vaccinated at the Vet. It is not an expensive vaccine and many cat clinics will offer it at an even better discount then a regular Vets office.
Myth Number Five:
Cats need to drink milk.
Most cats enjoy a few sip’s of milk for the taste, but they do not need it. If they are being fed a well balanced diet, milk is not a necessary additive. Often times too many dairy products can cause an upset stomach, including diarrhea, so unless advised by the Vet, milk does not have to be part of a cats regular diet.
Myth Number Six:
A cat will get tapeworms by eating bad food.
Tapeworms come from fleas. When a cat swallows a flea, it can be infested with tapeworm larvae. Cats can get tapeworms by eating prey that has the worm, but not normally from food from the garbage can or by eating regular cat food.