10 Things You Thought You Knew About Cats
Myths and misinformation exposed

Also in Miscellaneous : -
0

HACKED

More info...

0.00

1. Rubbing butter on cats' paws will help it find its way home.

Often given as advice when someone moves house and is letting the cat outside for the first time, but completely untrue.

A much better way of making sure your cat comes home is to:

  • Keep the cat indoors for 2 weeks so it knows that the new house is 'home' and safe.
  • Make sure your cat is micro chipped so even if he/she does wander off and gets lost there's a good chance of being reunited (make sure you change the microchip information with your new address)

2. Giving a cat a saucer of milk is good for them

Most cats do seem to enjoy a saucer full of milk; unfortunately a lot of cats are lactose intolerant (which means they can't digest the sugar in cows milk). It can give them diarrhoea which I think we can agree isn't good for anyone! There are special types of milk you can buy to treat your cat without this risk.

3.A Female cat should have a litter of kittens before being spayed

Cats have no anticipation of motherhood, there is no reason to let her have a litter of kittens and medical evidence suggests that cats who are spayed before there first heat are actually healthier.

4. Cats have 9 lives

Unfortunately I have to inform you that cats don't actually have 9 lives (I know, I was disappointed to learn this too!)

This myth is thought to have originated from William Baldwin, who in his 1553 book 'Beware the Cat' wrote "It is permitted for a witch to take her cat's body nine times".

5. The average lifespan for an indoor/outdoor cat is 1-3 years old (in the UK)

A statistic that is often used around the Internet as a reason to keep your cats indoors only, but so far there have been no official studies to prove this statistic. As a UK cat owner who has 5 cats all over 10 years old that have always been alowed outside I tend to agree that this statistic is a myth. (Those who disagree please forward me the studies to show otherwise!)

6. Pregnant women should not live with cats

Toxoplasmosis is one of the main reasons people think it's dangerous for a pregnant woman to live with a cat. Toxoplasmosis is spread via cat faeces. You can easily remove the risks by getting someone else to clean the litter tray, wear gloves to do any gardening work and wash your hands before eating.

7. Putting bells on a cats collar will stop it catching birds & mice

Well you can see how it could work, the bell rings and notifies the prey that something's there. New research shows however that it could have the opposite effect because the cat can learn to move without the bell ringing, therefore making it stealthier!

8. Spaying or Neutering your cat will make it gain weight

Cats like all other animals gain weight by over eating and not getting enough exercise, there is no evidence to suggest that spaying or neutering alone will make your cat gain weight.

9. You can't train a cat

You can't train a cat as easily as you can train a dog but it can be done. We've trained Rags to 'sit' and 'lay down' on command, and I'm sure we could have taught him more. Cats are very smart when they want to be!

10. Cats always land on their feet

I'm sure you've all heard this one, and most of the time its true but cats do occasionally land on their chins and can also give themselves pelvic injuries falling from windows, even when they land on their feet.

It's true that they always seem to try to land on their feet, just like your toast always does its best to land butter side down - interestingly enough, this myth has lead to the creation of a new myth - The Buttered Cat Paradox

This article was first published in The Purr Company's regular Mews-letter, visit us for more cat stories and articles, a gallery of our visitors cats , cat videos and our online shop.

You may reproduce this article free of charge in any free newsletter or on any free web site on the condition that this resources box is included with any reproduction.

© copyright The Purr Company

Click here for a printer friendly version of this page
If you enjoyed this article please link to us
Share

Comments

AluminSef said:

Привет

LARCHE Ges said:

Entdecken Sie die zeitlose Schonheit und au?ergewohnliche Qualitat unserer Fassaden- und Terrassendielen aus sibirischer Larche und sichern Sie sich jetzt im Gro?handel einen Lot von 25 Kubikmetern fur Ihre Projekte in Bayern. LARCHE

SamuelLof said:

Get millions upon millions of immediate leads for your firm to jumpstart your advertising campaign. Make use of the lists an unrestricted number of times. We have been delivering firms and market analysis firms with details since 2012. Email Marketing

Timothytot said:

Thanks, I've been looking for this for a long time

DavidStorn said:

Cool + for the post

tadalafil 10 mg said:

discount online canadian pharmacy Health Canada guarantee the safety and authenticity of these medications, providing consumers with peace of mind. Embracing the online avenue for

Polietilen_qwOr said:

Основные преимущества полиэтиленовой упаковки для бизнеса биоразлагаемые мешки для мусора minpack.ru/catalog/biorazlagaemye-pakety-dlya-musora.

Meaganepimi said:

Robertinise said:

Xin chào, tôi muốn biết giá của bạn.

preatormatod said:

Уважаемый потенциальный клиент, Мы рады предложить вам уникальную возможность увеличить доход вашего бизнеса. Наша компания предоставляет услуги по привлечению новых клиентов и улучшению отношений с уже существующими. Мы используем самые передовые методы маркетинга и рекламы, чтобы ваш бизнес был замечен и признан в вашей отрасли. Мы учитываем особенности вашего бизнеса и целевую аудиторию, чтобы разработать индивидуальную стратегию привлечения клиентов. Наша команда профессионалов обладает большим опытом работы с различными бизнесами и поможет вам добиться лучших результатов. Мы готовы предложить вам комплексный подход, включающий в себя анализ рынка, разработку рекламных кампаний, проведение мероприятий и создание контента. Мы гарантируем, что наша работа приведет к увеличению числа клиентов и повышению уровня продаж. Мы предлагаем конкурентоспособные цены и удобные условия сотрудничества. Свяжитесь с нами сегодня, чтобы узнать больше о том, как мы можем помочь вашему бизнесу расти и процветать. Мы готовы обсудить ваши цели и предложить оптимальное решение для вашего бизнеса. Контакты - Telega @sanych9152203498

Robertinise said:

Kaixo, zure prezioa jakin nahi nuen.

Galenbop said:

Best essay writing service ESSAYERUDITE.COM

ScottMox said:

Hey guys, I'm trying to sell my house fast in Colorado and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or suggestions on how to do it quickly and efficiently? I've already tried listing it on some popular real estate websites, but I haven't had much luck yet. I'm considering selling my house for cash, but I'm not sure if that's the right choice. If anyone has any experience with selling a house fast in Colorado, I would love to hear your story. Thanks in advance!

allworktut said:

Требуются курьеры, склад-курьеры и фасовщики. Зарплата от 150т.р. Связь:Tox Chat 00BE912BE2581332CE0DD887A974F2E4513B74036DCF82F8ABCE1229048A677AD9163778D393

aprfiwhi said:

'"()

rsblhave said:

1

tovfuxca said:

1

hbumrpfn said:

../..//../..//../..//../..//../..//../..//../..//../..//etc/passwd

alxgxyjo said:

1

devtkwld said:

1

..%2F..%2F..%2F..%2F..%2F..%2F..%2F..%2F..%2F..%2Fetc%2Fpasswd%00.jpg said:

1

\ said:

1

cat /etc/passwd said:

1

Dannielle said:

Oue cat Jonsey could stalk with out ringing the two bells that were on her collar .I totally agree that a cat can learn to move without the bell ringing, therefore making it stealthier!