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6 Popular Lies About Cats You Should Never Believe

 

Lots of us grew up with some “fun facts” about cats that are not even true. There are many myths surrounding this independent animal. From cats’ proverbial nine lives to witchcraft, not everything you’ve heard is backed up scientifically.

Here are the popular cat myths you shouldn’t believe.

1. Black cats are unfortunate: Some cultures believe black cats bring bad luck. Italians believe that if you come across a black cat, death is on its way.

2. Cats have nine lives: An old proverb of unknown origin claims: “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays.” Even though cats are resilient and are known to survive earthquakes, they are still prone to diseases and death.

3. All cats hate water: Most domestic cats don’t like water but this doesn’t apply to all cats. Scientists think most cats hate water because their coats don’t dry very quickly, which can leave cold. The Turkish Van cat actually loves getting wet.

 

4. Cats love milk: Apart from their mother’s milk when they’re young, cats have no nutritional need for milk. They become lactose intolerant leading to diarrhea and bladder stones in severe cases.

5. Cats always land on their feet: They have a ‘righting reflex’ that allows them to twist and position for a feet-first touchdown when falling from a height. However, many cats don’t make it sometimes which leads to injuries.

6. Cats are nocturnal: They are not nocturnal as widely speculated. Cats are more active at dawn and dusk. They have tendencies of sleeping when the house is quiet.

Written by Yemisi Efunnuga

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