5 Myths About Cats You Shouldn’t Believe

 

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Cats have always had the negative epithet of being “evil” attached to them, simply because they aren’t constantly running around and shoving it in your face that you’re their favorite person in the world. Dogs do that, cats are much more sophisticated, and calculated, but that doesn’t necessarily make them evil or something.

Here are 5 common misconceptions about cats:

Your cat doesn’t like you

We don’t know your feline friend personally, and it is quite possible that they do hate you, if you’re a terrible owner. But saying that cats in general aren’t able to feel affection towards their owners is just like saying the Earth is flat – we all know it’s not true, and we’ve known it for quite some time.

Cats don’t like to socialize
Cats are not pack animals, like dogs are for instance – cats prefer to tread lightly and alone, they make exceptional solitary hunters and how exactly do you expect a cat to sneak about while being followed by something three times louder? Nah, cat’s aren’t anti-social, they just approach socializing differently, and much more cautiously.

Your cat won’t have a problem being left alone for days
This is just plain wrong and simply untrue. First of all, your cat is your pet, and all pets require that you tend to them on a daily basis – they need to be checked on, they need interaction, they need their litter boxes cleaned etc, etc. A cat might not destroy your entire couch out of loneliness when you go to work, but leaving them alone for days probably won’t end well.

Cats induce schizophrenia and miscarriages
Every now and then, a bunch of uneducated people that don’t like cats start writing articles telling people how Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite found sometimes in cat feces, can help with developing schizophrenia. They also claim that pregnant women can pass it to their fetus,  therefore causing a miscarriage.

Or…you can be a normal cat owner and wash your hands after changing the litter box. And you can simply keep your cat away from raw meat, since it’s one of the main reasons why cats end up with this parasite in the first place.

You can’t train a cat
Yes you can, and we have no idea where you got that idea from. Just because it’s not common doesn’t make it impossible – all it takes is just slightly more patience than when you train a dog, and somewhat different techniques. Start with something basic, like your cat giving you high-fives, then introduce the hoops and before you know it, your cat will be walking on two legs.