Cats are a weird bunch. Sometimes they’re mad at you for no reason, other times they fight with dogs for no reason. It’s pretty hard to figure them out, and even harder to please them. That being said, there are also some things about cats people think are true but are really not. Check out this list and see for yourself.
1. Cats always land on their feet.
This is not true. Cats are extremely agile and flexible, and because of their bone structure, they may have the ability to manipulate their bodies very quickly. However, cats can always be clumsy and knock things over, they can fall off chairs and land awkwardly. And even if they do land on their feet, they can still get injured. So don’t try to prove this myth or your cat may end up with broken bones.
2. All cats hate water.
Some do, some don’t. There are many cats that actually enjoy a bath or just like to play with water.
3. Cats can’t be trained.
This is not true. Cats are actually very smart and have proven to be highly trainable. Cat clicker training is actually a very effective and now popular method for training cats.
READ MORE: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR CAT
4. All cats hate dogs.
Not true. Many cats are capable of living in harmony with dogs and if introduced properly, they may even become very good friends.
5. Cats don’t need to be litter box trained — they always know where to go.
This is not true. Though many cats will get the idea almost immediately, others require more time to understand what the box is for.
6. Declawing is just a permanent nail trim.
No!!!! This is actually a very cruel and inhumane practice that implies different amputations and causes great pain in cats. This is a must-never-do!
READ MORE: 6 TIPS ON HOW TO TRIM YOUR CAT’S NAILS
7. Cats are attracted to the milk scent of a baby, so they will suck the air from their mouth and suffocate them.
This is not true. Cats may want to sleep close to babies because they are attracted to warm bodies. You should still be there when any pet is lying next to your baby, because babies don’t always turn their heads away and the pet may be bigger than the baby.
8. If you get pregnant, you must get rid of your cat otherwise you’ll get toxoplasmosis.
THIS NOT TRUE!!! Even though toxoplasmosis is a risk if your cat eats the raw meat of a prey already infected, there are ways to protect yourself. The parasite only becomes infectious one to five days after it is shed in a cat’s feces. So, as long as you follow these recommendations you’ll be ok. Clean their litter box every day and wear gloves, then wash your hands after. Don’t feed them raw food. Wear gloves when gardening (your cat may have use your garden as a toilet). And don’t eat raw or undercooked food yourself.
9. Cats are not affectionate and prefer to be alone.
This is not true. Though each cat has their own personality, a lot of cats do enjoy interacting with their humans (some even with other species). They express their love in a different way than dogs, but they are still very loving creatures. They will cuddle, knead on you, purr when touched, and rub against your legs.
10. Cats have nine lives.
Not true. This myth may be so pervasive in our society because of how lucky cats seem to be under dangerous circumstances. But they only have one life.