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Top five cat myths debunked!

Top five cat myths debunked!

We all know cats have an air of mystery about them, but they also have some myths attached to them that are actually untrue. Here we've teamed up with Blue Cross and tried to debunk some of the most well-known supposed “facts” about our favourite felines...

1. Cats always land on their feet

Most of the time, cats do land on their feet when they fall from a height as they have a ‘righting reflex’, whereby they’re able to twist around very quickly in the air when falling. They also have very flexible backbones, which help them in doing this. But this isn't always the case and cats can get badly hurt when falling from windows

2. Cats have nine lives

We've all heard this expression, although no-one knows the origin of this myth. An old proverb of unknown origin claims: “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays.” In ancient Egypt, cats were treated as sacred animals and were worshiped as divine creatures with psychic or supernatural powers, so some think the myth could have originated there as it fits in with their view of cats. It's possible that this myth has developed overtime due to cats being able to get themselves out of sticky situations.

3. Cats can see in the dark

Cats can't see in total darkness, any more than humans can. But they are much better adapted than us to seeing in low levels of light as their eyes let in far more light than ours due to their much thinner corneas and their irises open wider than ours.

4. Rub butter on a cat's paw when they go outside for the first time

A very strange one! Rubbing butter on cats’ paws is often given as advice when someone moves house and is letting theircat outside for the first time. The theory behind this myth is that it removes the smell of the feline’s old environment, and allows the cat to take in its new home and get a bearing of its territory when licking off the butter. But this is entirely untrue, and can cause more stress for your cat as in reality, the smell will remain on the rest of the cat and it’s unlikely they’ll be taking in any new scents at all if it’s concentrating on licking off the butter. Instead, it could potentially make your cat even more stressed, as well as leaving greasy paw prints all over your new home.

5. Cats hate water

Most domestic moggies are not big fans of water, but not all of them hate getting wet. Scientists think the reason most cats hate water could be because cats’ coats don’t dry very quickly, which can leave them feeling pretty uncomfortable and possibly cold. The weight of the water is also likely to weigh the usually-agile animal down, which means they can’t escape perceived danger as quickly. Another reason is that cats’ original descendants evolved in desert areas, where the land is barren and has very little rain. 

Plus, some breeds in particular are known to enjoy the water, such as the Siberian and Turkish Van.