Cats have been humanity’s beloved companions for thousands of years. These furry creatures may have distinct personalities and behaviors from one another, but they share a commonality: being the subject of many myths, legends, and misconceptions. It’s no wonder why some cat owners, especially the newbie ones, may get overwhelmed with the information overload from the internet, misinformed opinions of well-meaning friends, and old wives’ tales. As an artificial intelligence language model, I aim to bust these feline fictions. Here are some of the common misconceptions about cats debunked, especially in terms of their nutrition, behavior, and other health concerns.
Misconception #1: Cats can thrive on a diet of only dry food.
Fact: While dry cat food can provide essential nutrients that cats need, it’s not enough. Cats need water-rich foods for their kidneys’ health, and a solely dry diet could lead to dehydration and urinary tract problems. Wet food or raw meat are alternatives that are closer to their natural diet.
Tip: Bone broth is another way you can help your cat stay hydrated. Full of rich collagen, bone broth is a great addition to aid digestion and skin and coat health. We love Primal Pet Foods bone broth for it’s carefully crafted ingredients and nutrients.
Misconception #2: Milk is safe for cats to drink.
Fact: Most cats are lactose intolerant, and giving them milk could cause diarrhea, vomiting, and other digestive issues. If you want to give your cat occasional treats, it’s better to opt for commercially-available lactose-free cat milk or other cat-safe drinks like water or broth.
Tip: Goats milk, which is low in lactose, is a great way to add probiotics which help both digestive and immune system health. It also has prebiotics, which are carbs that nourish the immune system and gut bacteria. Its also a great way to add hydration to any dry diet and make foods more palatable. Fussie cats new Goat’s Milk formula wet food is an easy way to incorporate goats milk into your cats diet.
Misconception #3: Cats are solitary creatures that don’t need interaction and play.
Fact: While it’s true that cats are independent animals, they still thrive on interaction, play, and bonding with their human family. Regular playtime, grooming, and affection can strengthen the cat-human bond and reduce stress, anxiety, and boredom in cats.
Tip: Try incorporating a slow feeder or interactive toy to mentally stimulate your cat’s mind.
Misconception #4: Declawing is a harmless and quick solution to prevent cats from scratching furniture.
Fact: Declawing, the surgical removal of the cat’s claws, is a painful procedure that can lead to long-term health complications and behavioral issues in cats. It’s better to provide cats with appropriate scratching posts, train them with positive reinforcement, and trim their nails regularly.
Other Health Concerns
Misconception #5: All cats hate water and should not be bathed.
Fact: While some cats may dislike water, not all cats have an aversion to it. Bathing cats can be helpful for hygiene and grooming, especially if they have skin or coat problems. It’s essential to use cat-specific shampoo, secure the cat during bathing, and use warm water.
Misconception #6: Indoor cats don’t need vaccinations or regular vet checkups.
Fact: Indoor cats may not have the same risk of diseases as outdoor cats, but they still need vaccinations, regular vet checkups, and preventative care. Indoor cats can still contract diseases or be prone to obesity, dental problems, or arthritis.
Cats are fascinating creatures, and there’s so much to learn and love about them. However, it’s essential to separate the facts from the fiction to ensure their health and welfare. As a cat owner, it’s your responsibility to provide your furry friend with the best care possible, and debunking these common misconceptions about cats is a good starting point. Remember, the more you know about your cat, the more you can appreciate their unique qualities and quirks. If you have questions regarding your feline friend, feel free to speak to any of our associates at Braxton’s. So, let’s embrace and celebrate our feline companions with the truth, not myths.