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Nearly 40 million households in the United States alone have cats. This is because these creators are undeniably great companions aside from the conventional choice of having a dog. They are loving pets, caring, playful, and cuddly, and they all exist in a very endearing physical appearance. Research also amplifies their popularity as Siamese cats have proven to provide humans emotional support, improve moods; and fascinatingly boost the overall morale of their owners. Well, you might opt to buy a Siamese cat, or you are already a cat person. Either way, it’s great that you take interest in myths you might have grown up believing or myths you might encounter about felines; and we’re here to straighten the facts straight. Let’s get furr-ready!
Ready to debunk those myths?
Unlucky, yep, that’s black cats
Black cats are a buzz when it comes to myths and folklore, and this has been going on for centuries. While some countries consider these lovely felines unlucky; black cats are said to bring good fortune to other parts of the world.
In Japan, it is believed to be good luck if a black cat moves on your path; in Europe however, the presence of it is affirmed that bad luck is on its way. Italians fear believing that if a dark cat jumps on the back; assuming that there is a sick person that individual will soon die. Furthermore, Scotland treats encounters with these types of cats as money coming, while in China, they are bringers of poverty.
Despite these all, let us be aware that the only supernatural power; and bad fortune black cats have been their unconditional love and affection, and this bad luck per se, occurs in any other cat.
Cats can see in complete darkness
Cats are unable to perceive sight in total darkness, any more than we humans can. Surprisingly, though, they are much better adapted than us in seeing in low levels of light. Cats have eyes that let in far more light than ours, for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the corneas in a feline’s eye are much thinner than in humans; and a cat’s irises open far more extensively. The retinas in the back of felines also accommodate more rods, and they are accountable for magnifying light impulses. Not only that, cats also have a highly developed reflective area in the back of their lamps.
Cats love milk, especially cows’ milk
Cats only need their mother’s milk, this is when they are still Siamese kittens, as it aids with their growth. If mother’s milk is not present, specially-tailored formula milk should be introduced. However, as they grow up, and it is in contrast to the popular belief, cats do not love milk; and they do not need it. If they are being supplemented with a balanced diet, they will get all the nutrients that will optimize their health and well-being; nothing milk can substitute.
Milk, more importantly, upset their stomach. Once weaned, felines become lactose intolerant because they lose their capacity to recreate the enzyme needed to properly digest it. So, do not give them milk, more importantly cow’s milk as they will not appreciate it.
Cats only purr when they are feeling happy
Cats often purr when they are feeling happy; such as in times when they are getting attention and fuss from their owner. While this sounds like a win-win situation for both of you; this is not the only reason they create that noise. They also purr when they are feeling unwell, frightened, or in pain, as it gives comfort to themselves. Also, these felines can also purr to comfort their young.
A cat’s purr begins in its brain. It goes by first sending a message to the muscle in its voice box; which then twitches and causes the vocal cords to separate when lovely cats inhale and exhale. Thus, producing the purring sound.
Keeping a cat as a pet is bad for pregnant women.
This myth is false, however, it is worth noting that pregnant people should be cautious when they are handling kitty litter and cat feces. Pregnant people should be vigilant of toxoplasmosis, a disease that is caused by a parasite that can be transmitted through the infection of infected feline feces. With this, a pregnant woman must avoid changing a cat’s litter box, and give that chore to someone else. But in petting and graciously giving love to cats when pregnant? Absolutely safe; it’s healing and calming!
Cats have plenty of chances for life. These felines have nine lucky lives.
Just like the rest of us humans and all other animals to exist, cats also only have one life. Nevertheless, they really are impressive as they do seem to always find their way out of risky situations. This is because they master how to land on their feet.
Cats can live a long healthy life, especially when owners fixate on giving them a complete and balanced growth diet as kittens, and then the perfect transition to an adult maintenance food. This helps felines in continuing to develop their innate intelligence as well as practical reflexes. Also, a great loving environment accounts for promoting a wholesome life for cats.
While this belief is a myth, cats can live anywhere from the range of 15 to 30 years and this is with respect to their genetics, holistic health as well as the love and care provided in their home.
Cats think that their owner is their mother,
Sadly, this is a myth. Cats see their owners as a source of food and comfort, as well as cleanliness and a safe place from which they can rely on living. These felines obviously won’t mistake you for their mother, but they do acknowledge you as their caretaker, and they need you. Cats have a bond with their biological mom, however short it is, and that will forever be ingrained in their precious minds. You’d still make a rock star of a cat keeper though!
Stop falling for myths, and make it a habit to validate false information. We all know knowledge is power, cat parents!