Cats are wonderful animals, not to mention great pets! Though you may be a certified "dog person" you can't deny that cats are self-cleaning, easy to care for, and you don't need to walk them (unless of course, you wish to do so). Over the years, there have been MANY different cat myths spread from generation to generation. While myths are often fun to tell your friends and family it is a fact that many of them are well, JUST MYTHS! Unfortunately, some myths have actually hurt our feline friends. For example, did you know that most black cats that end up in shelters never leave? Black cats are usually the last to be adopted because, well, people are afraid of them! Though it really is ridiculous to be afraid of a cat just because it happens to have black fur, people tend to be superstitious. Sad, but unfortunately true. If you are considering adding a furry feline to your family, please don't over-look our furry black friends!
Do All Cats HATE Water?
Another interesting myth (one that I must admit, I believed myself) is that cats absolutely hate water! Ok, yes, most cats don't appreciate getting wet, however, there are some cats that actually love to go for a swim now and again. Have you ever heard of the Turkish Van? Well, now you have! Turkish Vans are a type of cat that actually ENJOY going for a swim and are actually fond of water. Bengal cats have also been known to play with and enjoy water. Interesting! Obviously, just because SOME cats enjoy swimming, doesn't mean that you should toss your cat into the tub next time you are planning to take a bath. If a cat is not used to water, he won't appreciate the surprise.
Are ALL Calico Cats Female?
Another cat myth that I once believed was that all calico cats are female. While the majority of calicos are girls, about one in every three thousand is actually born a male. While a male calico cat is extremely rare, they do exist! I guess, if you really think about it…we wouldn't have any calico cats if a male wasn't involved at some point!
Contrary to popular belief, cats are not loners! It is a myth that cats like to be alone the majority of the time. Though we all enjoy a little space now and again, cats enjoy being a part of what is known as a colony. Stray cats actually form colonies which we know as "feral cat colonies." They do this for the purpose of companionship, not to mention there is safety in numbers! If you have a cat and are not home most of the day, consider getting a second (as I'm sure you don't have room for a colony in your home). Trust me, your cat would enjoy the kitty friendship.
Is milk good for cats?
Who hasn't offered a stray cat some milk? I know I have! Most people believe that milk is good for cats. While they may enjoy milk, most cats are actually lactose intolerant and suffer from bouts of diarrhea after they drink it. It is also true that milk offers little to no nutritional value for felines. If your cat loves milk, it is ok to spoil him with a few sips now and again, however, cold, fresh water is much better for him in the long run (and for you when it comes to cleaning his litter box!)
Last but certainly not least, it is time to debunk the myth that cats can actually see in complete darkness! Though felines have excellent eyesight (about ten times BETTER than a human) they cannot see in absolute, complete darkness. Don't get me wrong, cats are night animals and get around very well in the dark, however, pitch blackness is another story. Also, don't forget that cats use their whiskers as well as their sense of smell to navigate their way. These three senses combined (powerful eyesight, sense of smell, and whiskers) allow them to be excellent predators…especially at night!
I hope I have explained some of the most common cat myths that people tend to believe. As I mentioned before, cats are wonderful animals and they make great pets! If you have always wanted to get a cat but were nervous to do so because of "something you heard" be sure to do a little research to make sure that what you heard is in fact true. There are many wonderful, sweet cats sitting in shelters and foster care waiting for their new homes! Now only if they truly did have nine lives!
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