Myths About Cats

Our feline friends are very cute and fascinating little furballs. Man’s Second Best Friend has been charming us since the beginning of recorded time. That means she’s had quite a while to fuel rumors and misconceptions. In fact, there are still quite a few rumors floating around about Fluffy that simply aren’t true. A local Aurora, CO vet lists some of them below.

They Always Land on Their Paws

Cats are quite lithe, and they do sometimes right themselves in mid-air. However, that isn’t guaranteed. Kitties can and do hurt themselves in falls, sometimes fatally. This type of injury is known as high rise syndrome, and it can be very dangerous. If you live on a second floor or higher, make sure that your windows and screens close securely.

Fluffy Should Give Birth before Being Spayed

This old wives tale really needs to go away. It’s generally recommended that you get your furry buddy fixed before she goes into heat the first time. However, your pet can also be fixed after reaching maturity, and after giving birth. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.

Cats Are Untrainable

To be fair, most kitties train their humans, instead of it being the other way around. However, cats can be trained. Fluffy can learn complex commands, such as Take A Nap, Look Cute, and Get Down From There.

Black Cats Are Bad Luck

This superstition dates back to the dark ages, when black cats were thought to be associated with witches and witchcraft in Europe. They fared better in the rest of the world, though, and were actually considered good luck in some places.

Kitties Have Nine Lives

This misconception dates back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In fact, an old proverb states: ‘A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.’ This probably stems from Fluffy’s capacity for getting in—and sometimes out—of trouble. To be fair, some kitties are quite lucky when it comes to near-misses. That said, your feline pal only has one life, just like the rest of us.

Fluffy Can Teleport

To be honest, we haven’t been able to confirm this one as either true or false. Let’s just say we have our suspicions.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Aurora, CO animal clinic, today!

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