Don’t Believe These Cat Myths

Cats tend to be a little mysterious. Perhaps that’s why many of us believe things about them that aren’t quite true! Here, your Greensboro, NC vet sets the record straight on three common cat myths.

Cats Always Land on Their Feet

This isn’t true—although cats are graceful and poised, they can have accidents and fall like any other creature. In fact, veterinarians have a term for fall-related injuries: high-rise syndrome. Cats most commonly fall out of open windows or off of high ledges, so take care to make your home fall-proof.

Cats Love Milk

Cats may love milk, but the milk won’t return the favor. Because most adult cats don’t possess enough lactase in their guts, they can’t digest milk’s primary enzyme (lactose). For this reason, most adult cats are lactose-intolerant and may experience vomiting and diarrhea if they drink milk.

All Cats Love Catnip

Did you know that cats actually need a specific gene, inherited from their parents, to feel catnip’s effects? If your cat doesn’t respond at all to catnip, don’t worry—he’s fine! He simply doesn’t possess the proper gene.

Do you have questions about your cat’s care or behavior? Call your Greensboro, NC veterinarian today.

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