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Myths Busted: 8 Myths About Cats Revealed

The cat is a mysterious animal. They love us but not too much. They play but not too much. They judge…ok that they do a lot. The cat is so wrapped in mystery that it has been the fascination of cultures for thousands of years. But what are some of the myths surrounding our feline friends.

Debunking the Most Common Cat Myths

  1. Cats Hate Water. Anyone who has a Manx or a Bengal know this one is not true. It is true that cats are not the biggest fans of water, typically. Likely this is because they don’t try quickly so it leaves them uncomfortable. Being in water also weighs them down so they cannot escape as quickly. This leaves them feeling vulnerable. But there are cats that love to sit in water, especially if it is only an inch or so deep.
  2. Cats are not playful with humans. This is simply not true. Sure there are plenty of cats that would prefer to just look at you in judgement as you make a fool out of yourself trying to get them to play. But if you interact with your cat in a playful matter from when they are a kitten they will learn to play with you just like a dog. Cats will play fetch, hide and seek, or chase you throughout the house. They will also play fight with you and some even like it when you jump out at them so they can attack you and show you their fierce jungle cat side.
  3. Cats always land on their feet. Cats usually land on their feet but not always. If a cat falls from a great distance it is not a guarantee they will land on their feet and they can sustain big injuries. Do not test the “landing on their feet” theory. You may unintentionally hurt your cat.
  4. Cats purr when they are happy. Yes and no. Yes cats purr when they are happy. They also purr when they are not feeling good or they are injured. It is believed that the vibration from purring is healing. For people it definitely is healing but it might also be healing your cat too.
  5. Cats can see in the dark. No they cannot see in the dark. Cats do have better night vision than people do. As naturally crepuscular (most active at dawn and dusk) animals cats are able to see fairly well but they cannot see in complete darkness.
  6. Cats are nocturnal. No they are crepuscular. This means they are most active at dusk and at dawn. They like to sleep during the afternoon, perk up in the evening and likely wake you up first thing in the morning.
  7. Cats should drink milk. Cats like milk. This is not the same thing as milk being good for them. Many cats are lactose intolerant. Drinking milk can cause digestive upset and give your cat diarrhea.
  8. Cats like to be left alone. Cats are more solitary than dogs but cats do like companionship. A friendship for a cat does not have to be with another cat. They bond with people, with dogs, and with other pets.

Despite taking these mysteries away from cats they remain a creature of wonder!

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.