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Top Five Myths About Cats

 by jaime on 05 May 2014 |
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There are many rumours about the preferences, behaviors and needs of cats, many of which can be unhelpful. In addition, some of these claims are even dangerous. Here are the top five myths that you should discount when thinking about whether to adopt a cat (or when considering how to take care of a cat you already own).
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1. All cats hate water

While it is arguably true that the majority of cats dislike water, some cats truly love swimming. The Turkish Van is one breed of cat that is particularly famous for liking baths or pools, but a cat of any breed may turn out to like spending time in water. Even cats that don't enjoy swimming may like to play with water by dipping a paw into a running stream of water.


2. Cats need to drink milk

The stereotypical picture of a cat involves a full bowl of milk that is available on a daily basis, but it is vital to be aware of the fact that many cats are lactose intolerant. If a lactose intolerant cat drinks milk, the cat's body will be unable to process the milk and could end up suffering from bouts of vomiting or diarrhea. Instead, make sure that your cat has constant access to fresh water.



3. Declawing your cat is a smart choice

Almost all vets now tell their customers that they do not recommend declawing cats, as the practice is cruel. During the procedure, the first joint of every toe is amputated, and many cats experience both chronic pain and trust problems after losing their claws. Regularly clipping the claws is a much more humane alternative, but there are also caps that can be placed over the claws to prevent them from damaging furniture.

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4. Cats are not sociable creatures

This myth can discourage people who want an affectionate pet from choosing to adopt a cat. The other side of the coin is that those who want an independent pet can end up with an unhappy cat who deeply craves more social interaction. The level of affection displayed by cats will vary between breeds and depends on early socialization, but cats can be very loving creatures. Many of them enjoy cuddling in bed, sleeping on a lap or watching you while you do household chores. If that sounds appealing, breeds like the Siamese, Burmese, Tonkinese and Persian might make an ideal pet for you.


5. Cats must be allowed outdoors

Don't simply choose to let your cat go outside because you think it is cruel to keep the pet indoors. There are many dangers lurking, ranging from speeding drivers to people who might steal the cat. While some cats do seem to need an outdoor life, it is always best to try keeping the pet indoors first in order to see if this environment is acceptable. Indoor cats can live very happy, full lives as long as they have plenty of toys and lots of places to sleep.

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Laura - Comment
Laura09 May 2014Reply
I especially like the bit about keeping cats indoors. I was surprised when I finally met cats that were perfectly happy to stay inside! I bet if you started with a kitten, and made sure they had the right environment Most cats could be happy inside.
( or if it works out, maybe a n enclosed outdoor area to use instead of a litterbox)
I am especially happy to learn about keeping cats happily inside, because not only is it safer for the cat, it is Definitely safer for all the little songbirds!
Eileen - Comment
Eileen09 May 2014Reply
Like this very much, and thanks about telling people about cutting the poor cats nails off.
Petbucket Admin - Comment
Petbucket Admin09 May 2014Reply
Thank you for your positive feedback! I think lots of cats are very happy to stay curled up inside!
Robin - Comment
Robin12 May 2014Reply
I've raised stray cats for several years now. Cats that have been inside will become over stimulated if you take them outside. They fear all the extra noises they're not used to. Declawing your cat will cause balance issues as well as chronic back pain. My cats take care of their own claws and can be trained with a simple spray bottle of water. Thanks for all the great info!
Quang - Comment
Quang12 May 2014Reply
All my kids have been rescued from outside and they now live happily inside 100% of the time. The myth that cats need to be outside is exactly that, a myth, and nothing more.
John - Comment
John26 May 2014Reply
I had feral cat I got right after his mother put him out. He was highly intelligent and extremely affectionate but insisted on being allowed outside. He always came home but guarded the property like a Pit Bull. No other cat dared get too close to his house.

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