9 Myths About Cats That Just Aren't True

Cats steal a baby's breath: 

This myth suggests that cats are drawn to infants and will suffocate them by stealing their breath. In reality, cats are unlikely to do this, and there's no evidence to support the idea.

Cats hate water: 

While many cats may not enjoy getting wet, there are breeds like the Turkish Van and Maine Coon that actually like water. Additionally, some cats can be trained to tolerate or even enjoy water.

Cats should drink milk: 

While cats may enjoy milk, many adult cats are lactose intolerant and can experience digestive issues if they consume milk. It's better to provide them with fresh water instead.

Cats are solitary animals: 

While cats are often seen as independent animals, they can form strong bonds with humans and other animals. Many cats enjoy companionship and can thrive in multi-cat households.

Cats purr only when they're happy: 

While cats do often purr when they're content, they can also purr when they're anxious, in pain, or seeking comfort.

Cats always land on their feet: 

While cats are known for their agility and ability to land on their feet, they can still get injured if they fall from a great height or if they land awkwardly.

Cats have nine lives: 

This myth likely originated from the cat's ability to survive falls and other accidents. However, cats have only one life like any other animal.

Cats are nocturnal: 

While cats are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk, many cats adjust their activity patterns to match their owners' schedules.

Cats don't need regular veterinary care: 

Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness, so regular check-ups with a veterinarian are crucial for maintaining their health and catching any issues early.