5 Cat Myths Debunked

Misconceptions about felines abound. Separate fact from fiction.

By PetMD

Cats have nine lives. Cats and dogs are archenemies. Cats will steal a baby’s breath. We all know these are silly cat myths, and if they weren’t so silly, they’d probably be topping our list. However, there are many cat myths out there  that are a lot more plausible, and even have a ring of truth.

Take a look at our top five list to dispel some of the more common — and believable — cat tales.

Cats Love to Lap Up Milk

Some people might even go as far as to argue that milk is good for cats. We see cats drinking milk in cartoons all the time, a treat given to them by their animated owners. Of course, some cats do love the taste of milk, but it’s not really meant to be a part of their diet.

Because many cats are lactose intolerant, feeding them milk can cause diarrhea. It is fine to give your kitty a small saucer of milk as a treat on a rare occasion, but cats love and need to drink water. That’s their number one drink of choice. There is no comparable substitute.

Cats Always Land on Their Feet

Actually, kitties are extremely good at landing on their feet. If they fall from a certain height, they have time to twist their body around and relax into the fall, and land on their feet. But (there’s always a but) they don’t always do this.

If they fall from too short a distance, they don’t have time to twist around (we’ve all seen an embarrassed cat stalk off after a less-than-elegant fall from a chair). Be on the safe side: don’t drop your cat to experiment, and make sure your windows and balconies are kitty-proof.

Cats Love Fish, and It’s Good for Them

If you really think about it, cats mostly hate water and fish live in water. (Do you see where we’re going with this?) So really, it’s understandable why many cats don’t like fish. Plus, it’s not a natural part of their diet. Fish do not contain taurine, which is absolutely essential to a cat’s health. Apparently,  it’s back to the beef, chicken, and duck diet!

Cats Only Purr When They’re Happy

Anyone who actually owns a cat will quickly balk at this erroneous statement. While you may only have noticed your kitty purring merrily away when you pet him, cats purr at other times, too. They purr when they're frightened, stressed, injured, ill, and even dying. Cat experts have yet to understand why or even how they purr, but it sure is interesting to hear such a curious sound come from these furry felines.

Black Cats Are Bad Luck

We think not! Black cats got this bad rap back when women were accused of being witches and were burned at the stake. Suspected to be their familiars, black cats were cast out as bringers of bad luck and, basically, evil. However, a cat is simply a cat. They are not bad luck or evil. In fact, if you own one you know, they can bring much joy to your life.

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love love love cats and my grandkids!!

eab5532@comcast.net on 2012-10-09 13:43:34

I agree with every myth.

jeri_wayne@frontier.com on 2012-09-18 12:01:16

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