Popular delusions about cats: the real reasons behind their behavior, why they might avoid their litterbox, the reason they scratch the furniture, what their loud meowing means, why they may avoid other cats and feel anxious about a trip to a veterinarian
Do you really know everything about your favorite pet? Let’s refute the most popular myths about cats.
70% of all the pets in the world are cats! We love them for their affectionate caress, beauty and air of mystery. And it looks like it is exactly that air of mystery that is the main reason behind many of the ridiculous myths associated with our favorite purring creatures.
We were surprised to discover that even in the modern day, people hold on to some totally erroneous beliefs about these cute little predators.
Cats are loners and they prefer to stay at home alone
It’s a lie. Cats are incredibly loyal to their owners; thus any parting can cause real stress. This stress can become so elevated that your favorite fluffy friend could become anxious, lose appetite and even start vomiting, meowing and going to the bathroom in any place other than their litterbox.
In order to keep your lovely cat healthy and easy-going you should avoid leaving it alone for too often. If you want to go out somewhere, don’t forget to leave with your cat adequate food and water, and of course their favorite toys.
If your cat refuses to use the litterbox there is nothing you can do to change that
It’s a lie. This is a behavioral problem. If your precious kitten is not using the litterbox, it could be because it has been affected by stress or even a serious disease.
This is why it is recommended to visit a veterinary clinic to get a correct diagnosis, before doing anything to try to change the cat’s behavior. After this visit you will be able to choose the correct course of action for your cat by bearing in mind their health status.
The most efficient methods for encouraging correct toileting habits are changing the litterbox to another one, relocating the litterbox, placing several litterboxes around your home, using special pheromones or changing the filler.
If your cat is always scratching you it is because it is naturally vicious
It’s a lie. Cats have many reasons for showing their claws, including being annoyed, bad health or experiencing an uncontrolled will to play.
Don’t be surprised if your cat starts to scratch you if you inadvertently hurt it. The same principle works in situations where your cat is scared. If your cat is scratching you during games, probably it’s overexcited.
You just need to switch its focus to another task or game and it won’t scratch you again. If your cat has never scratched you before, but suddenly changes its character and starts to do this, it can be a clear sign of arthritis. In such a situation you have to consult your vet.
You don’t have to play with your cat, because they can entertain themselves on their own
It’s a lie. Cats love to play with their owners and participate in numerous activities with them. In the majority of circumstances you can correct any negative behavior in your cat by simply playing with it more.
By doing this you can even avoid being woken up too early, because when your cat badgers your legs, it is because your cat simply is missing your attention and care. By the way cats love to take walks with you in the same way that dogs do.
They can be easily trained to walk on a leash and they will be incredibly happy to take a leisurely stroll with their favorite human.
Cats don’t like other cats
It’s a lie. No doubt that it is common to witness a cat fight between two domestic cats, especially when they have never met each other before, and are suddenly put together.
This is just a temporary bout of jealousy. Cats get used to each other incredibly fast, and soon they will play together like best friends.
Cats damage furniture because they are vengeful
It’s a lie. Being destructive towards the objects around them is a part of normal cat behavior. That’s their way of marking their territory, sharpening their claws and releasing excess energy.
These actions are incredibly important for your cat’s correct psychological balance. If your cat is scratching the furniture in your home, then it’s merely a behavioral problem and you are always able to correct it.
Simply direct this energy in your cat towards a custom made scratching post, that you introduce to your home, just for them. It may require some effort to retrain your cat to use their new scratching post, but it is worth it to invest the time to teach your lovely pet.
Cats are scared of trips to the vet and it’s impossible to change it
It’s a lie. It’s widely known that cats are afraid of travel and being in new places. They are always nervous and anxious in such situations.
You can’t avoid this stress totally, but it is possible to train your cat to travel more, by creating a special ritual for it. Give extra attention to your cat, offer it’s favorite food before going somewhere, buy a convenient purpose made cat carrier and choose a comfortable veterinary clinic.
These things should help your cat relax enough to feel secure when it must take its necessary trips to the vet.
Cat meowing is useless and has no meaning
It’s a lie. Meowing is one of the few ways that cats communicate with their owner. By meowing cats are asking their owners to feed or to pet them. Cats will also meow when they are not feeling comfortable.
The meowing only becomes incessant when the owner fails to react and take action. If your usually silent cat starts to meow for no reason, it’s a clear sign that you have to visit the vet, as your favorite pet may be experiencing serious health problems.
And finally the important truth about cats: as it turns out, bad behavior in a cat is merely a reflection of the actions of its owner.