Cat Myths That Aren’t True, But Everyone Believes

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Dogs and Cats Don’t Get On

If given time to get to know each other, cats and dogs will coexist peacefully, despite what popular culture may have led you to believe.

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Cats Don’t Like People

Some cats will scratch, bite, and swipe at humans, but this shouldn’t be a reflection of all felines, as some can’t get enough human attention. The more time that a cat spends with a person, playing and bonding, the more likely they are to develop a close relationship with them.

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Vegan Cat Food is Fine

While humans can easily survive on an animal product-free diet, cats will struggle. Cats are not omnivores and are instead obligate carnivores, which Britannica defines as an animal that cannot obtain the nutrients they need from the plant kingdom or bacteria.

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They Always Land on Their Feet

Cats are blessed with a natural ‘self-righting’ reflex, a talent which, as Live Science suggests, is a result of both physics and neurology. This allows them to twist themselves mid-air, ensuring they land on their feet… most of the time. However, if the cat is falling from a very tall height, this reflex is less likely to be effective.

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Cats Should Drink Cow’s Milk

Like most humans, cats are innately drawn toward dairy products, including cow’s milk, which many see as a viable source of hydration for the cat. This can potentially be dangerous, as most cats are lactose intolerant, lacking enzymes in their intestines to digest the lactose in cow’s milk.

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Cats are Nocturnal

They may sleep during the day and always seem to crave your attention at night, but cats are not nocturnal, they are instead crepuscular, meaning they are most awake at dusk and dawn.

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They Are Low Maintenance

While cats don’t need to be walked every morning like dogs do, they still require a hefty amount of maintenance every day. Cats need regular attention, even if they play it off as though they don’t, as well as requiring feeding and any medication they may be prescribed.

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They Don’t Like Cuddles

While some cats will prefer total independence, many cats are very cuddly and require a lot of love. Much like Business Insider suggests, people tend to view cats in the same way they view dogs, who are much more open about their need for attention.

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Outdoor Cats are Healthier

The explorative nature of cats often gives people the impression that they belong outside despite the facts suggesting otherwise. Cats that live almost exclusively outdoors tend to lead much shorter lives, with an average lifespan of five years, compared to an indoor cat’s lifespan of 14 years.

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Training Cats Isn’t Possible

Training a cat is very different from training a dog, but it is equally possible. Different methods are required, as cats won’t learn from discipline like dogs, and will run away from any attempts you make to punish them.

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Training Cats Isn’t Possible

Training a cat is very different from training a dog, but it is equally possible. Different methods are required, as cats won’t learn from discipline like dogs, and will run away from any attempts you make to punish them.

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