Fear Of Mything Out: 9 Cat Myths And Why They’re Dangerous To Believe

5. Cats love milk

Kittens love milk, and they get it from their mother. Feeding your cat daily milk may help supplement the weaning process when they are very young, but adult cats don’t have the same stomachs.

After the need for mother’s milk has gone, the feline digestive system adapts to handle solid foods, like wild prey.

According to Science Focus the low fat content in store-bought milk may prove problematic for cats. Lactose can do more damage than good and isn’t part of a nutritionally balanced diet for adult felines.

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6. Cats have 9 lives

A cat has one life. Treat it with respect and compassion.

They may be resourceful creatures, seemingly able to avoid catastrophe without breaking a sweat, but cats are nothing more than mammals, just like us. They get sick, they get sad, and if neglected or treated poorly, they can die.

However far fetched this myth may be, you can give a cat a second chance by adopting a rescued animal from your local shelter. A feline friend in the hands of a caring human is a relationship that will last both lifetimes.

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7. Cats that eat grass are sick

Cats eat lots of things. Grass happens to be one of them.

It doesn’t necessarily mean the cat is sick, it just means the cat is a cat. As Pet MD reaffirms, there’s really nothing to worry about.

In fact, grass may actually be good for your cat, providing beneficial insoluble fiber and folic acid, as well as a natural laxative.

The moral of this myth is, don’t keep your cat off the grass.

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8. Cats always land on their feet

The theoretical energy benefits of the cat toast engine notwithstanding, this myth is only partly true.

Lacking a collarbone, and relying on an acute sense of orientation and mobility, a cat can easily swivel its posture before landing in many short falls. As the BBC reports, “it pulls its front legs close which makes the front half of its body spin faster like a pirouetting ice skater. This creates a twist in its spine, allowing it to swing the back legs round and prepare for landing.”

There is a limit to the height they can fall from, of course. Like any animal, cats are liable to break bones if they hit the ground with enough force.

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9. Cats are a interdimensional hyperspecies sent to investigate and control their human pet forms.

More research needed.

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It is estimated that tens of millions of cats live on the streets of the United States. Sadly, many communities attempt to control their numbers through lethal methods such as catch and kill. Such methods are not only horribly cruel, they are also ineffective and costly. There is a better way.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.

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