Three Common Cat Myths Busted

| Published on January 24, 2014

There are a number of myths about cats that are often accepted as fact.  Truth is, these myths are downright fiction, and taking them as fact can even endanger your cat’s life.  Let’s look at a few of them.

Cats Always Land on Their Feet

You may marvel at your cat’s ability to seemingly land on its feet every time it falls.  Yes, cats do have an incredible talent to change their positioning in midair so that their feet land on the ground first.  It’s their tails that help them to do this, and most of the time cats will land fine.  But it’s entirely possible for a cat to “miss” a landing and actually fall to the ground, especially if they’re falling from a great height or if they’re suddenly pushed.  So, don’t underestimate the danger of high
ledges, walls, or staircases in your house – just because your cat seems to always
land on his feet doesn’t mean that he’ll do so every time.

Milk is Good for Cats

A saucer of milk has often been viewed as a treat for cats.   While kittens gain nourishment from their mother’s milk, the milk of other species is hard for them to digest.  So, while you think you might be treating your cat with cow’s milk, you might actually give him a stomach ache.  If you have kittens who have lost their mother, they need to be fed a milk which is specially formulated for their digestion and nutrition – speak with your veterinarian immediately if you’re dealing with a situation like that.


Cats Hate Water

Most cats hate water when they’re forced into it, such as when an owner gives them a bath.  But the truth is that many cats are actually fascinated with water.   Have you ever watched your cat play with a faucet, or climb into the tub after you’ve taken a shower?  Many cats love to investigate water, though most don’t enjoy submerging themselves into it.

If you have any questions about facts that you’ve come to assume are true, your veterinarian is a great resource who can provide you with factual, well-researched information.

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