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All Cats Hate Water And Other Cat Myths BUSTED

Hey, VetKidz! Are you wondering if something you heard is true or a myth? Do you want to see 7 common cat myths busted? If so, read on! I made this post for a classmate, Ryder, on one of my online classes. Before we begin, please take a moment to pin this to your Cats Board.

Myth 1: All Cats Hate Water.

Some cats actually enjoy water. Do a quick google search and you’ll see! Scientists believe cats dislike water because their coats take forever to dry and they feel soggy and cold. Some people try to stop cats from misbehaving by spraying water in their faces. Imagine someone suddenly doing that to you and you’ll see why they don’t like water after that.

Myth 2: Cats Are Unloving, Get a Dog!

Cats weren’t bred to chill with humans. Like bobcats and tigers, the originals? They’re independent by nature and are related to dogs in no way. There’s nothing like coming home from a long day of school or work, to have a fluffy purring cat on your lap. Many cats like to be stroked and petted.

Myth 3: Cats Have Nine Lives.

Cats, like us, have one life. The saying Cats have nine lives could’ve come from many places.

In Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare, the Bard mentions cats’ nine lives. An old proverb states “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays.”  And in ancient Egypt, cats are treated as royalty and sacred animals with divine and psychic/supernatural powers.

Myth 4: Cats Always Land on Their Feet.

Oftentimes, cats do land on their feet when they fall from a decent height, probably because they can twist very speedily while in the air and have extremely flexible backbones. But, unfortunately, many cats end up in critical conditions in an animal hospital from falling out windows from several stories. Some recover, and many others don’t make it or end up paralyzed which sometimes requires very expensive treatment.

Myth 5: Cats need/like milk.

If you feed your cat a balanced diet they do not need milk. In fact, milk can upset their stomach as when they are weaned off their mothers, they often develop lactose intolerance. If you WANT to give your cat milk, try Lactaid or a lactose-free version. Kittens, on the other hand, need milk to survive, but only from their mothers or special formula from the vet.

Myth 6: Rubbing Butter On Your Cat’s Paws Helps Them Find Their Way Home.

This is entirely untrue, not only will it make a greasy mess, it may make your cat stressed and they won’t be able to smell anything but the butter especially if they’re busy licking it off. Keep your cat indoors for 2 weeks when they’re getting used to a new home, and get them microchipped in case they do get lost.

Myth 7: Cats Dislike Other Cats.

Most of the time, cats like to be the only one in a home, that’s true. But they can be social and make close friendships with dogs, cats, and humans. Oftentimes, they just don’t feel like they need to. Cat siblings that were together since the day they were born will likely be close, but a new kitten and an older cat may not get along as well. If you have more than one around, make sure there are lots of resources to make them feel comfortable.

All Cats Hate Water And Other Cat Myths Busted

It’s important to be able to tell the difference between the truth and a myth. When in doubt, research it! To see the top cat toys of the year, go here!

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