Cat Myths

There are so many "Old-Wives-Tales" about cats!

Here I will try to clarify whats nonsense and what contains hints of truth.

This one is completely false.  The tale goes that by the time the cat has cleaned all the butter off of its paws – it will be have been in the new house long enough to know that this is its new home.

The Truth:  This does not work – and as most cats are lactose intolerant, you could end up with a nasty litter box surprise..  When moving to a new house it is advisable that your cat is kept completely inside for probably 1-3 weeks (depending on how confident your cat is.  Shy cats will need longer inside to acclimatize to their new location.  When moving house with a cat that knows you and your belongings you don’t have to keep it inside for as long as a newly adopted cat who does not know you or your belongings.

False.

The Truth: once a male cat has been neutered, he has the same chance of toileting inappropriately as a female cat.  Common causes of toileting inappropriately are illness (Urinary Tract Infections, Bladder Crystals etc), and stress (a new cat in the neighborhood, tension between animals in multi-pet homes).

Very incorrect!

The truth:  a cats personality is shaped by its environment (busy household, quiet household, humans away during the day or working from home etc).  You also get out what you put in.  If you interact with your cat in a positive way and listen to what they are trying to tell you ie “Pat me human! – No not there… here!”, play with them and generally treat them like a king or queen then you will end up with a happy, interactive, cuddly kitty.  Allowing a young female to get pregnant is not only irresponsible in terms of cat over population – but also dangerous to the mother cat.  Anything can happen during a pregnancy, from miscarriages , mastitis, excessive bleeding and more.

There is actually some truth to this one! 

A cats inner ear will tell them which way up they are, and their incredibly flexible spine and no functional collar bone – this allows them to quickly twist themselves in the air and face the correct way again.  However it must be noted that just because a cat can land on its feet, does not mean it will every single time, or that it will not injure itself when it lands.