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Do Cats Like to Go for Walks!? Cat Myths Part Two!

Updated on February 13, 2010

Hello cat people! Recently I wrote a HUB Page titled: Cat Myths. Because my original Cat Myth HUB entertained so many, I decided to write another. Believe it or not, there is a lot of information out there about cats that just isn't true. Hopefully, my cat myth hub pages will clear up some of the rumors and separate fact from fiction. Cats are amazing and wonderful animals (did I just hear a collective gasp coming from the certified "dog people" of the world?). Anyway…as I was saying, cats are wonderful, independent animals. My two cats (both of which were strays before they entered my life) have very different personalities. Claire is a calico who WANTS attention but is very timid and not quite sure about people yet. She allows me to pet her….ON HER TERMS! Norman, my solid black, long haired boy is a love sponge. He loves to sit in my lap while I watch television and likes to cuddle up next to me at night. Though they are very different animals…I love them both and I'm glad they found me. Now on to the myths!

Rabies vaccinations are a must!
Rabies vaccinations are a must!

Cat Myths

  • Cats Cannot Get Rabies

I have no idea where this myth came from; however, it is one that definitely needs to be corrected! A few weeks ago, I took my cat Norman to the vet for a routine check-up. He is getting up there in years so I am very pro-active when it comes to his healthcare. Caring for your senior feline is very important! Anyway…while I was waiting to be checked out I heard two ladies talking (they looked to be in their mid to late sixties). They were debating whether or not cats can get rabies. One woman believed they could while the other insisted they couldn't. Well, the truth is YES cats can contract rabies! In fact, most warm-blooded animals such as bats, skunks, dogs, ferrets and CATS can get this deadly disease! So don't believe the hype…get your cat vaccinated if you have not already done so!

Sweet Siamese!
Sweet Siamese!
  • Cats Use Their Whiskers to Keep Their Balance

Nope, sorry, that is not the case! Cat's use their whiskers for several things…balance, however, is not one of them. So what do their whiskers do? I'm glad you asked! A cat's whiskers act as their "feelers." They help them to navigate in the dark and to judge distance.

  • Cats Purr Only When They are Happy

Yes, it is true…cats purr when they are happy, however, they also purr for many other reasons as well. Cats tend to purr when they are birthing their kittens, not feeling well (injured), or when they simply want you to pay attention to them. In fact, cats tend to purr whenever they are feeling a strong emotion. A cat purring is similar to a human laughing. Humans laugh when something is funny…however, they also may laugh when they are experiencing other emotions such as nervousness. The point I'm trying to make is that a cat may purr for any number of reasons…not just because they are happy. I hope that was the purrrfect answer that you were looking for!

  • Siamese Cats are Mean

Thanks to the film The Lady and the Tramp…Siamese Cats have gotten a bad rap! In all honesty, any cat can be mean (trust me, I have met a few not so nice kitties in my lifetime). Whether or not a cat is mean or not depends on many things. For example, a cat that has been abused will probably be mean as a way of protecting itself. A stray cat that has had little to no human contact will probably act mean out of fear. So the myth…Siamese cats are mean…is not true. This is not to say that all Siamese cats are nice…however, if you come across one that happens to have a mean streak…it is probably due to an environmental circumstance not because he is Siamese. In reality, the Siamese cat breed is one of the MOST POPULAR in the world. If they were so mean…I doubt they would be as popular as they are!


  • Cats Have Nine Lives

Um, no. Not true. If you own a cat…you probably wish he or she had nine lives. Unfortunately, cats, like the rest of us…only go around once (unless of course you believe in reincarnation…but that' s another HUB Page for another day!).

  • Cats Don't Like to Go for Walks

This myth actually has two answers. Why? Well, some cats DO LIKE to go for walks while others don't. I am a firm believer that cats should be indoor only pets. The dangers of the outside world, in my opinion, are just too great. I have seen too many cats killed by cars, chased by dogs and stuck up trees to change my point of view. I have a friend who has an indoor only cat and she actually takes her cat for walks using a harness that is specifically designed for felines. Her cat, flipper, doesn't mind wearing the harness and loves going for walks. Flipper was introduced to the walking harness as a kitten…so he was trained at an early age (which is always easier). Though it isn't impossible to teach an old cat new tricks…most older cats will reject the harness and walking idea all together. If you would like additional cat walking tips, please visit the Kitten Care Guide! Oh..before I forget…if your cat refuses to go for walks using a harness…but still wants to go outside (on his own) you may consider installing a cat fence system in your yard or under your deck. Yes, cat fences do exist!

So there you have it…six more cat myths debunked!! If you want the truth about a cat myth that you may have heard…feel free to send me a message! If I don't know the answer to your cat question…I will most certainly do the research in order to get you the best and most accurate answer possible. I also have a very close friend who just so happens to be a veterinarian. He is always willing to answer any questions that I pass his way! While some myths about cats are completely harmless (and somewhat funny) others can actually cause harm (such as the myth about cats and rabies).  

If you have a few moments to spare, please read some of my other cat related Hub Pages! Meow!

Cat Myths

The Tail of the Cat! Tail Positions and What They Mean

When to Say Goodbye to Your Dog or Cat

Cat Chat – HELP! My cat Meows To Much!

Cats and Heat Stroke

Signs that Your Cat is Getting Old





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      Pamela Knudsen 3 years ago

      I am enjoying not only the cat myths, but the article about kitten facts, especially the blue eyes explanation. Thank you for all your insightful and entertaining cat facts!

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      kristy 4 years ago

      this is good info i have 2 cats

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      I don't have any cats but this is good information to know and I will pass it on. Great article, thanks for sharing.

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      Cathy Tracey 5 years ago

      My two cats have taken to walks like ducks to water. No training, leads etc. they just love it. They come way out of their radius, but admittedly it is a safe environment, lots of shrubs, cover, trees etc. But, weirdly, Boris, when we are walking on the cycle path which has a white painted line in the centre, chooses only to walk on this line!

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      Cygstarz 6 years ago from Maryland

      Kittylover007: Thank you for your comment. Why not take your cat for a walk using a harness? True...he might hate it..but you won't know unless you try. I suggest introducing him to the harness slowly so that he gets use to it. First show it to him and let him smell it. The next day put it on him (and stay in the house). Let him walk around with the harness on so he gets use to it. Finally...(a day or two later)...take him outside and see what he does. Good luck!!

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      Kittylover007 6 years ago

      I read your post about how some cats like to go on walks with a harness and how you believe cats should be indoor only. I agree with you and I keep my cat indoors at all times but i feel he's very eager to go outside. He's around 1 and 1/2 years old and i was wondering, do you think its too late to try and use a harness and leash with him? I'd like to try and give him some exercise time outside but not by himself. He's also very stubborn though so I'm not sure if I should bother.