Cats have lived next to humans for thousands of years. People think they know everything about their favorites. But some beliefs are myths and misconceptions.
1.The cat lands on its paws
There is a misconception that any fall will not harm cats, as they land on their paws and thereby soften the blow. But this is a deep misconception.
The cat does not always land on its paws. And having landed, he can get a serious injury in the form of sprains, dislocations, fractures. Falling onto a hard surface may cause her breathing problems.
On the Internet, there are a lot of videos in which the cat tries to jump onto a table or cabinet, but does not reach it and breaks down. These plots are supposed to evoke emotion and laughter in the audience. And no one thinks about what kind of injuries the pussies received as a result of the fall.
Having fallen, the cat really stands on its paws and moves independently, as if nothing had happened. But problems may appear later.
Veterinarians have a special term for cats – fall syndrome. Moreover, a fall from a low height for an animal is no less dangerous than from a large one. In this case, the cat does not have time to bend and give the body the desired position.
To avoid accidents with your pet, equip windows with strong nets that will not fall out if the fluffy jumps on them in pursuit of a fly. Make sure that your pet does not climb onto the table or buffet. Falling from there threatens trouble.
2.Before spaying, the cat must give birth
Another myth is associated with the opinion that a cat must realize its maternal instinct and give birth before spaying. However, veterinarians don’t think so. For the time being, the cats do not think about any offspring.
The pet must be spayed on time, when she is 6 months old, before the first heat. This will help to avoid a lot of problems associated with sexual arousal, pregnancy, and kittens’ attachment.
A sterilized cat that has not given birth does not experience any psychological anguish.
3.The cat needs fish
Cat owners believe that, as a predator, a pet needs raw fish. This is another delusion.
Seals, smelling the smell of fish, really insistently demand a treat. You should not categorically deny this food to an animal. But you need to adhere to a number of rules.
Do not give fresh river fish. It is full of parasites that are sure to harm your pet. The fish should be boiled. Remove bones thoroughly. The pet will not be able to do this on its own. Bone stuck in the throat or esophagus is a big problem.
Saltwater fish can be fed after freezing. But it can also contain parasites. Therefore, do not be too lazy to subject it to heat treatment.
4.Vaccinations for a domestic cat are not needed
A harmful and dangerous myth is that domestic cats do not need vaccinations. The owners believe that if the cat does not leave the apartment, then it cannot get sick. However, they forget that they themselves bring germs home on their clothes and shoes. The owner can caress the pet without having to wash his hands. If there is a dog that regularly walks, it also brings dangerous microflora from the street.
In addition, a cat can become infected by eating a disease-carrying insect.
Therefore, vaccinations are necessary for the animal. Do not rely on chance, but consult your veterinarian. He will take the necessary measures and make recommendations.
5.Garlic relieves worms
Some well-meaning owners put garlic in their cat’s food, confident that this will protect against worms. However, apart from harm, such actions will do nothing. Garlic is harmful to the feline body, causes anemia, and can provoke a dangerous condition.
To get rid of worms, give the animal only those medicines prescribed by the veterinarian, and do not engage in self-treatment.
6.Weight gain is associated with sterilization
The notion that weight gain is directly related to sterilization is also not true. After sterilization or castration, animals are not worried about finding a sexual partner, they are more balanced. Their activity is really declining. But the appearance of laziness is mainly associated with growing up.
The owners get the impression that the pet is only eating, sleeping, and gaining weight. However, food depends on the owner, not on the cat. There is a special food for neutered cats. If the pet eats homemade food, you should take care of the balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, do not overfeed the cat, and organize sufficient activity for him. Play with him often, take walks.
7.The cat itself will lick the wound, there is no need to heal
The myth that a cat does not need to be treated, she will lick the wound herself, can seriously harm the animal. If the wound is small, let your pet lick it. Cat saliva has an antiseptic effect.
It’s another matter if the wound is extensive. Cats have a very rough tongue. By treating the wound with it, the pet only deepens the situation, tearing off the top layer. Don’t let your pet do it. In some cases, a protective collar should be worn to prevent licking.
8.Cats are not trainable
Cat owners are sure that pets, being wayward and freedom-loving animals, do not lend themselves to training. But this is a well-established myth.
Everyone knows the circus of Yuri Kuklachev, where cats are the main characters. A full-fledged member of one of the American musical groups is a cat named Tuna. He depicts playing musical instruments and tours with the band.
When training cats, a positive attitude, a minimum of unpleasant coercion, a maximum of praise and delicacies are important. There are people in catteries who train cats for a fee. Alternatively, you can seek the advice of a knowledgeable veterinarian.
With patience, anyone can teach their furry pet some tricks. The main thing is not to put pressure on him, not to force or scold him. The future circus artist should have a desire to repeat tricks. And this can only be achieved by encouragement and affection.