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Myths About Cats that You Shouldn’t Believe

March 1, 2014

For whatever reason, many myths have grown up around our feline friends over the years—so much so that many people believe false things about cats. Here, a West Greenwich veterinarian sets the record straight about a few common cat myths

Cats and Milk Go Together

Nothing could be further from the truth! While your cat may happily lap up milk from a saucer, it’s certainly not good for her. Almost all cats are lactose intolerant, and too much milk will cause diarrhea or even vomiting. The only time cats need milk is when they’re being weaned from their mother. After that, it won’t do any good.

Cats Always Land on Their Feet

Most cats are very agile, graceful, and poised—but that doesn’t mean they always land on their feet. In fact, veterinarians have a name for cases of cats falling out of windows or off of ledges: High-Rise Syndrome. Cats can slip and fall just like anyone else. In fact, shorter falls are even more dangerous because a cat might not have time to right herself.

If you witness your cat fall or suspect she’s injured internally, take your pet to the vet’s office immediately for treatment. Have your West Greenwich vet’s number on hand to call ahead.

A Cat Purrs When She’s Happy

Cats do purr when happy, yes, but purring can in fact indicate a variety of emotions. Some cats purr when they’re angry, stressed, or feeling threatened. The truth is, cat vocalizations vary depending on the cat—try to take note of your cat’s noises in different situations to determine what she does when feeling a certain way. Consult your veterinarian for more information on cat communication and vocalizations.

All Cats Love Catnip

Many cats do not react to catnip at all—this is because cats require a certain gene, inherited from their parents, to feel any reaction to the herb. If they don’t have it, catnip won’t have any affect. Ask your vet where you can purchase catnip so you can determine if your cat reacts to it.

Please feel free to contact us, your local animal clinic in West Greenwich, RI!

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