Debunking Common Misconceptions About Cats
Wed, April 21, 2021

Debunking Common Misconceptions About Cats

Cats may be a very adorable pet to have yet they are often misunderstood. Sometimes, this is due to the many misconceptions and myths that are commonly shared about them / Photo by: Evgeniy Zakharov via 123RF

 

Cats may be a very adorable pet to have yet they are often misunderstood. Sometimes, this is due to the many misconceptions and myths that are commonly shared about them. Cats have this mysterious aura that it’s difficult to decode their actions and behaviors, especially if owners don’t do their research on them and remain clueless. Misconceptions are easily formed by people who lack understanding.

Some misconceptions about cats go back to centuries ago, and these have been found to be mostly far from the truth. The following are some of the most commonly peddled misconceptions about cats.

 

1. Black Cats Are Unlucky

A lot of people consider cats as their favorite companions. In some countries, felines are said to bring good fortune. According to an article by Blue Cross, a leading animal charity, helping sick, injured and homeless pets since 1897, Japanese people believe that good luck will come your way if a black cat crosses your path.

However, there are also many who believe that they are unlucky. In Italy, for example, they thought that a sick person will die when a black cat jumps on the bed next to them. As a result, many people are hesitant to adopt them. Thousands of unwanted and abandoned black cats find it difficult to find a family because of this belief. The truth is, black cats don’t possess any supernatural powers. They are ordinary cats that want affection and love from humans.

A lot of people consider cats as their favorite companions. In some countries, felines are said to bring good fortune / Photo by: Gian Diego Ragnedda via 123RF

 

2. Cats Always Land on Their Feet

Cats are extremely agile animals that can land on their feet most of the time. Indeed, it’s impressive to watch them do this, making people believe that they can’t land any other way. But even if they do land on their feet, they can still be injured. Veterinarians call this the “high-rise syndrome,” describing cat injuries sustained from falls. This includes bone fractures, sprains, and even respiratory issues.

Contrary to popular belief, cats are at higher risk to injure themselves when falling from low heights because they don’t have the time to twist in mid-air so their feet hit the ground. Unfortunately, these injuries can be severe.

 

3. Cats Have Nine Lives

The origins of this myth go back to ancient Egypt where people associate cats with the gods. They treated these creatures as sacred animals and worshipped as divine creatures. An old proverb of unknown origin claimed: “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.” The bard in the play “Romeo and Juliet” also referred to the nine lives of cats. 

However, just like all of us, cats have only one life. According to Vets Now, an online site that features the latest news, updates, hints, and tips about your beloved pet, they are just as susceptible to serious injuries from road traffic accidents and the like as any other animal. Previous studies also show that almost a quarter of a million cats are run over on British roads annually. 

 

4. Cats Cannot Be Trained

Cats are not the first animal to pop into our heads when we think of pets performing tricks. You might not see many of them jumping through hoops and rolling over, but cats can definitely be trained. Just by simply teaching them to use the litter box is already training them. A lot of cat owners are discovering that teaching cats tricks is easy. Many local animal shelters are offering a free training session for pet parents to train their cats. 

Training your cats will also strengthen the bond between her and your family. It’s important to use positive reinforcement when teaching traditional behaviors such as litter box use. 

Training your cats will also strengthen the bond between her and your family. It’s important to use positive reinforcement when teaching traditional behaviors such as litter box use / Photo by: dolgachov via 123RF

 

5. Cats Are Nocturnal

Cats are crepuscular, which means they are most active during dawn and dusk. On the other hand, nocturnal animals only go out at night and sleep during the day. The reason behind this belief about casts is because their instincts are equipped for navigating through the dark just like wild cats. Although domesticated cats do not have to hunt for their food, they may still act on their nightly instinct. However, they can eventually adapt to their owners’ routine over time. 

There are various ways to encourage cats to sleep during the night, including keeping them entertained during the day and feeding them their main meal just before you go to bed. Owners can also give them a warm bed and play with them in the evening so they can get tired and rest immediately. 

 

6. Declawing Is Harmless to Cats

Declawing used to be a popular method of reducing home destruction caused by a cat’s need to file their nails. According to The Spruce Pets, an online site that offers practical, real-life tips and training advice to help you care for your pet, this procedure is a surgical amputation of the first joint of each toe of the cat. However, declawing your pets is extremely harmful and has lasting ill effects on them.

Fortunately, this procedure is becoming outlawed in many countries where they consider this unnecessary and cruel. Owners should provide ample scratching space in appropriate areas for them instead of having them undergo this painful procedure.