The cat is the most popular pet. And it is not surprising that our favorite four-legged friends are surrounded by many myths and legends. Some of them are true, and some are just fictions. In this article, you will learn about the seven most common myths.
Myth 1: the ideal cat food is raw fish
Perhaps this is one of the most ingrained and popular myths about cats. Scientists have long established that the ancestor of the domestic cat is an African wild cat, which in turn did not eat fish and was afraid of water. In the diet of four-legged friends, fish products appeared thanks to man.
Many owners consider dry food unnatural, preferring natural food. At the same time, they saturate the animal’s diet mainly with fish products – the best source of nutrients for the pet, in their opinion. In addition, this product is relatively inexpensive and does not need to be prepared.
But constantly feed the animal fresh fish without processing in any case impossible! Regular consumption of such food has a detrimental effect on the health of the animal.
First, raw fish products are one of the main sources of infection of the animal with helminths.
Secondly, frequent consumption of fish can provoke diseases of the kidneys and genitourinary system. This is especially true for neutered and sterilized Pets.
Third, such food is not balanced in vitamin and mineral composition. Fish products contain an enzyme that breaks down thiamine in the animal’s body. At the same time, the absorption of iron and vitamin E worsens.
Myth 2: a Falling cat always lands on all fours
In fact, if the cat did not have time to group when jumping,it will not be able to land on four legs. Many young “experimenters” even abandon their Pets in the hope of confirming this theory. Such experiments on animals can end very badly, especially if you let the cat go unexpectedly and from a great height.
Be attentive to your furry friends, trying not to let the animal fall!
Myth 3: Cats are able to get rid of diseases by licking their wounds
There is a widespread belief that if an animal is injured, it is enough to give it the opportunity to lick the injured place, and the wound will heal itself. This is partly true – the pet’s saliva actually has antibacterial properties.
However, if the area of the damaged area is extensive, then excessive licking, on the contrary, will only increase it. The cat’s tongue has a rough surface, and like sandpaper irritates the healing skin. This significantly slows down recovery.
Myth 4: a cat will not be damaged if it falls from a great height
There are many examples of a cat falling out of a window safely returning to the house on all fours. Because of such stories, four-legged Pets are given incredible abilities, although this is not the case at all.
Even if the cat came home by itself, this does not mean that everything is necessarily fine with it. In a state of shock, the animal can move independently for a long time. Although no external injuries are visible, there is no certainty that they are not inside.
The most common injuries when cats fall:
- internal injuries and bleeding;
- bruising of internal organs;
- broken bones.
To protect the animal from falling, do not leave open Windows and balconies. Fix mosquito nets with special mechanisms. An open window in airing mode is also dangerous for the cat, as the animal may try to jump out into the street and get stuck. If the cat hangs for a long time in this condition, it can lead to a broken spine and subsequent disability.
If your favorite cat accidentally fell out of a window or fell from a balcony, take it to a veterinary clinic immediately and do not self-medicate.
Myth 5: if a cat lives at home – it doesn’t need vaccinations!
Many owners naively believe that if the animal does not leave the walls of the apartment, there is no need for vaccinations. This is not true. A pet, even if it does not walk on the street, can become infected by airborne droplets through trapped insects.
In addition, the owners of a domestic cat can bring infection from the street on clothes and shoes. Therefore, your favorite pet must be vaccinated in a timely and planned manner, and dewormed.
Myth 6: if a cat eats grass, it means that something hurts!
A sick cat can cure itself by simply eating a certain herb on the street or at home – another common myth! In fact, an animal may just love greenery.
If you notice that your pet has begun to show an unhealthy interest in greenery, including home potted flowers – this is an excuse to plant a special herb for cats. It is better to consult a veterinarian, perhaps the doctor will prescribe additional vitamins and special food.
Myth 7: after sterilization/castration, cats gain weight
In animals, just like in humans, weight begins to increase if the calories consumed exceed the daily norm. The appearance of a cat’s belly is associated with an incorrect diet and a low-activity lifestyle.
Sterilization and castration – this is a turning point in the life of an animal, which leads to a restructuring of the hormonal system and behavior of the animal. After the operation, the pet becomes calmer and less active. Cats and cats have an increased appetite, which can cause various diseases. To prevent the furry friend from gaining weight, after the operation, a special diet is necessary with a certain food, balanced in BZHU (protein, fat, carbohydrates) and containing all the necessary minerals and vitamins. It is necessary not to overfeed the cat and strictly observe the prescribed amount of food, so that in the future there will be no health problems.
Cats have lived alongside humans for thousands of years and are a symbol of home and comfort. These amazing animals give a lot of positive emotions to their owners. And, despite the large number of fictional stories, do not check them on your pet. Be a caring and loving owner for your pet, and he will definitely return your love.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and I’m a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.