The Most Popular Myths About Cats
There is no other pet that has acquired such a mysterious reputation and is at the center of so many myths and legends as the domestic cat. Of course, we are sure that our cats would not have it any different, as they surprise us with their unpredictability and general mysterious atmosphere.
From ancient myths and Shakespeare hints of tricks your Nan told you, there’s a lot of preserved wisdom, superstition, and loving exaggeration about cats, and while some of it is actually ingrained, some is utter nonsense. Food preferences, buttered paws, and omens, both good and bad, here are some of the most enduring myths and urban legends about your furry house guest.
Cats always land on their feet
If this is true, it doesn’t feel like someone told the cats like anyone who’s ever seen a cat on a high windowsill or stuck on a branch will tell you. It’s one of the most common sayings about cats, and while there is some truth in it, it is not entirely true. There is a very good chance that when they fall, they will hit the ground paws first due to their “righting reflex”. This is a term used to describe their ability to rotate their body while falling due to their flexibility and excellent sense of balance.
Have cats 30 vertebraeThis is more than in humans (in fact cats have 244 bones in their bodies, and we have 206), and their excellent vision and the vestibular apparatus in their ear allow them to warp into the best landing position very quickly. They’re also light, small, and can flatten out quickly to cushion their landing. These little legs are incredibly muscular and can absorb a surprising amount of shock.
However, like all of us, cats cannot always recover from a fall as gracefully as they would like, and you should never assume that they can fall from a great height without consequences.
Cats don’t love you like dogs do
This pearl of wisdom received definitely feels like it was made by dog lovers. It is true that cats are more independent beings. Unlike dogs, which are descended from animals that live in packs, cats are naturally more lonely. However, it is certainly not true that not all cats love their owners. The extent and manner in which they show their affection will obviously vary from animal to animal (and from their owner too), but they definitely enjoy it Companies and camaraderie.
They love the time they spend with their owners and can be incredibly cuddly and loving. Some cats can even show signs of separation anxiety when their owners leave, and anyone who has shared a home with a cat knows they always have their favorite when it comes to lap time. Don’t compare your kitten to your friend’s dog, animals are very different and they show affection in different ways.
Cats should drink milk
Most of us have a childhood picture of a parent or grandparent pouring milk from a glass bottle into the cat bowl, a creamy treat for a good pet. While it is certainly true that cats drink cow’s milk and actually ask for the chance to do so, they really shouldn’t. As cats grow up, they develop lactose intolerance. Your body doesn’t make the enzyme that is needed to digest milk when you are done weaning. While you may enjoy licking nice fresh milk from the refrigerator, it will upset your stomach shortly afterwards.
Speaking of your cat’s stomach, we should also get into the entire wet food versus dry food debate. There are a few important things to know about your cat’s diet, including the fact that they are definitely carnivores and should not accompany you on your meat-free diet, but it is also important to know that many pet foods are full of all kinds of trash to outsource. Many pet owners switch to raw cat foodthat is free of all processed fats and additives and instead provides the proteins and natural vitamins and minerals a cat’s digestive system needs. Well worth researching a brand like Bella & Duke that offers your cats delicious, healthy meals and lots of information on how to improve their health.
That myth about the butter on their paws
Like the stories of many old women, this one sounds almost plausible when you explain the argument, but it’s utter nonsense. The old saying goes that if you have moved with your cat, you should rub butter on its paws the first time you leave it outside. As they lick off the butter, the theory is that they can get rid of all the odors from their old tamping place while keeping their focus on their new neighborhood. This is categorically wrong. Cats may enjoy a taste of butter, but if they rub it over their paws while surrounded by new sights and smells, they are far more likely to panic than anything else. You won’t smell the smells of your new home, you will be overwhelmed by the smells of butter.
So don’t get the butter out when you move your cat to your new place. Instead, keep them indoors for a few weeks while they settle down. If you leave them outside, do so gradually and throughout the day so that they can slowly get used to it.
Purring means your cat is happy, doesn’t it?
There’s nothing like the soft rumble of the purr of a cat curling up on your lap for some much-needed relaxation. It is generally true that cats purr to show they are happy and relaxed, but the reasons for the noise are far more complicated. Indeed, research has shown that it has many different purposes and expresses many different moods. It can be a way for the cat to calm itself down when it feels panic or distress. So don’t assume that purring means that you are relaxed and satisfied. Cats have been observed to purr next to an injured friend to project comfort, and anyone in close proximity to a purring cat knows how strong the effects can be. There is also research showing that purring helps regenerate bone and tissue damage, as the vibrations stimulate bones, which often stand still for long periods of time. Think about the time your cat will be curled up or frozen and ready to fall. It makes sense that a little vibration will help you stay flexible and supple.
Most importantly, purring is an expression of mood, the way people laugh or cry. There is no reason your cat is purring, but if they seem happy and relaxed then it almost certainly is what they are telling you with those bass rumble.
Black cats are bad luck
This is just categorically wrong. If you believe that, you are missing out on how brilliant black cats are. They’re often the last to be adopted, which frankly is heartbreaking. Those of us who own a black cat know that they are very special indeed.
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Updated January 28, 2021
by Janus Atienza