Cats are very mysterious animals and there is a lot about their behaviour that cat owners will never understand. There are also a lot of misconceptions out there about cats that are pure myth and should not be believed by anyone, especially cat lovers. Here are 6 myths about cats that are completely fabricated.
1. Cats always land on their feet
Cats are very fast and love to climb and jump on things. They often do land on their feet due to their bone structure and ability to move their body quickly, but this doesn’t always happen. When they fall from high heights, like apartment balconies and trees, they can injure themselves quite badly. Hugh-rise syndrome is the term used for cats that bravely venture to dangerous heights, but research has shown that 90 percent of the time, when a cat falls, it does not land on its feet. This then causes some form of thoracic trauma.
2. Cats have nine lives
This is a myth that originated in ancient Egyptian times, coming from the sun god Atum-Ra who could shape-shift into a cat. Apparently he was one of nine powerful deities; meaning he had nine lives. Although cats have great instincts and survival tactics, they are in no way invincible.
3. Cats hate water
Cat fur tends to become waterlogged when wet, which can weigh them down and make them uncomfortable. For this reason it is believed that all cats hate water. But this is simply not the case. There are a few breeds that prove otherwise, including Maine Coons, American Bobtails, Bengals and Abyssinians. These cats are more likely to run to water than away from it. They also love to swim and be bathed.
4. Black cats are bad luck
Black cats are often associated with witches because centuries ago it was believed that they actually were witches, but in cat form. Others say that black cats actually did their evil bidding. A Celtic mythological legend says that a cat can steal the souls of those recently deceased. As well, some countries believe that it is bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. However, in many European countries, the opposite is assumed. In reality, a black cat is nothing more than a cute feline that happens to have black fur.
5. Milk is good for cats
Cats love milk and will happily slurp up a saucer of it. But milk is actually bad for cats. In fact, most cats are lactose intolerant and drinking it regularly can cause serious digestive problems. This is not the case with all cats, but milk will cause any cat breed more harm than good. If your cat loves milk, just give it as a treat every once in a while. It should not be part of a cat’s regular diet.
6. Cats use their whiskers to balance
Although whiskers are very important to a cat’s wellbeing, they do not use them to balance. Instead, whiskers are used for navigation purposes and for guidance. They are also mood indicators. If a cat’s whiskers are pointing forward then they are aggressive. If a cat is angry, their whiskers will be pulled back, while perfect whiskers are a sign of contentment.