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Three Cat Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

March 15, 2014

Over the passage of time, many myths and misconceptions have sprung up around our beloved feline friends. The trouble is, believing these myths could actually put your cat’s health at risk! Here, a Fort Collins veterinarian sets the record straight.

Cats Love Milk

You’re probably picturing a cat lapping up milk from a saucer on the kitchen floor at this very moment. However, while cats may enjoy indulging in milk, the milk won’t love them back! Most cats are lactose intolerant, meaning they don’t possess the necessary enzyme to digest milk. Drinking too much will almost certainly cause diarrhea and vomiting. The only time a cat needs milk is when he or she is being weaned from the mother. Adult cats don’t need milk as part of their diet at all.

Cats Always Land on Their Feet

Cats are very graceful, flexible, and agile creatures. That doesn’t mean they can’t have accidents! Even the most graceful cat can slip out of an open window or off of a high perch. In fact, this happens often enough that veterinarians have a name for fall-related injuries: high-rise syndrome. Avoid the risk by keeping windows properly and securely screened, and try to eliminate any hazardous high spots in your home.

Cats Purr When They’re Happy

While cats may emit a purr when they’re content or happy, they can also purr to convey a variety of other emotions. Some cats purr to indicate anger, stress, fear, or other feelings. The truth is, every cat is different, and it may take time for you to fully understand your cat’s body language and signals. Ask your veterinarian for more information on cat vocalizations and how you can try to interpret them.

Want to learn about more myths and make sure you’re not believing something that could be hazardous to your cat’s health? Call your Fort Collins veterinarian to make sure you’re being the best, most knowledgeable cat owner you can be!

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