Feline Fact or Fiction? Cat Myths, Legends, and Lore for the Ages
People love stories and have since the beginning of time, but what happens to pet health in a Whisper Down the Lane scenario? Do we replace fact for fiction in an effort to entertain? Or do we actually end up believing false information to be true? A look at popular cat myths might help The Pet Experts answer this important question.
Crossing a Line
You’ve probably heard that black cats bring bad luck or that cats steal the breath of human infants. These are clearly tales of fiction, but many cat myths have been absorbed by general consensus. Not only are these misconceptions false, but they can wreak havoc on the general health and wellness of felines.
- Cats relish alone time and prefer to live as solitary creatures. The cats we know and love actually enjoy constant companionship from other cats, people, and sometimes dogs. To be fair, some felines do appreciate their quiet time, but assuming they flat-out dislike others is inaccurate.
- Cats don’t benefit from routine veterinary care. Like people, all animals should have their health monitored. The associated benefits of proper nutrition, optimal weight, good dental health, and disease prevention are the cornerstone of longevity and quality of life. Plus, cats are hardwired to hide any signs of weakness, so you might not even know when or if your cat is unwell without regular checkups.
- Cats that are allowed to freely roam are happier. Indoor cats are widely known to live longer lives because the risks of injury or illness are reduced. An outdoor cat might experience a type of happiness from using survival instincts more often, but they are in greater danger. Plus, indoor and outdoor cats are equally prone to dental disease, weight problems, and more.
- Cats are un-trainable. This is one of the most unfortunate cat myths out there. Cats can be trained to walk on leash, enter the travel crate when asked, use the toilet, and perform tricks.
Other Cat Myths Debunked
Pervasive cat myths over the years include:
- Cats always land on their feet (well, when their “righting reflex” kicks in).
- Cats don’t have to eat meat (they’re obligate carnivores, so it’s best if they do!).
- Purring means that a cat is happy (it can also mean they’re in pain, as it’s employed as a self-soothing method).
- Cats meow to each other (nope, they really only meow to humans).
- Cats detest water (just check the internet for proof of the opposite!).
Love Cats and the Truth
The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital adore cats as one of the best pets and hope that our community does its part to ensure their health. One unspayed female cat cat can lead to 400,000 feral cats in the course of a few generations. However, when we all work together to spread awareness (and truth, not myths), we can safeguard the health of the animals we love so much.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about cat myths. We’re always here for you!