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Surprising Cat Myths & Facts

Cats have a reputation of being rather peculiar animals. At the very least, cats can be described as particular. They certainly are not man’s best friend in the same way as dogs, though they do have their loving moments.

Cats tend to follow their own paths, swaying in and out of your path at their pleasure. They could care less about winning your approval, and though they are capable, cats are generally not interested in learning tricks.

Considering all of the above, it might be surprising for some to learn that more Americans have cats for pets than dogs. Cats’ popularity is widespread for many reasons.

The ancient history of felines probably adds to their mystique. Many people are certainly intrigued with the fact cats were once worshipped as Gods. Continue reading for some interesting facts and myths about our furry friends.


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White Cats Are Usually Deaf

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As strange as it may sounds, many white cats are deaf in one or both ears. That chances increases when the cat also has blue eyes. In cats that have only one blue eye, the deafness occurs only on that side generally. Reportedly, white cats are not very smart —but it hasn’t been proven if that is because of the deafness or the lack of intelligence.

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Cats Always Land on Their Feet

 

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Contrary to popular belief, cats do sometimes land on their heads, especially when falling from higher distances. Their backbone is extremely flexible, which is what enables them to land on their feet from short distances. Also, cats can experience “high-rise syndrome”: for example, focusing on a bird intensely causes them to lose their balance and fall from an open elevated window.

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Cats Use Their Mouths to Smell

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This is due to having a tiny scent gland located in the roof of their mouth. Cats will open their mouths as wide as possible to allow the odor to reach the scent gland. For example, male cats often display this behavior when tracking the scent of a female cat in heat.

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Milk is Good for Cats

 

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It may surprise you to know that a saucer of milk could cause a case of diarrhea in your fluffy loved one. While kittens need their mother’s milk until weaned, adult cats are unable to thoroughly break down the lactose in milk. Your adult cat may like the taste of milk, but it’s not good for their digestive system.

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Cats Can Suck the Breath from a Baby

 

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This myth started long ago to explain what we now call sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). When parents found a cat lying in the crib beside their child at these times, it was easy to blame the cat. Since cats are naturally drawn to warm, high places, cribs were a common place to find cats napping.

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Cats Blow Kisses with Their Eyes

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When a cat blinks slowly, experts believe it is a form of communication. The intended message being sent to other cats is one of friendliness and amity. When a cat does this to a human, it can be interpreted as affection and love. People can use this same approach —gaze for a moment and slowly blink— to calm cats.

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Cats Can Experience Separation Anxiety

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Researchers agree your cat not only can be highly anxious while you are away, but can also demonstrate that attitude through actions like peeing on your clothes or your bed. 

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Cats Are Colorblind

 

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Cats are not restricted to a black and white life. They do, indeed, see in color. They can easily distinguish between contrasting colors like yellow and blue as well as between green and blue. Cats can also see reds and shades of gray.



Distinguishing fact from myth is not only interesting, it’s vital to ensuring you don’t do something that could make your cat sick. You can never know too much about your pets, regardless of whether you just brought them home or have owned a dog or cat your entire life. 

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