Cats: Five Common Misconceptions/Myths
Let's Examine These Common Beliefs
Cats are unique. They can be trained, but it takes a person with a good deal of patience.
Cats will respond to your voice, and come to you, if you have never hurt them. They will gladly come over to be petted or to sit in your lap.
Of course, they can be independent cusses, and if you pick them up, will jump right down again; only to turn around and jump right back up in your lap because that time, it was their idea!
Read on and find the truth about these fascinating creatures.
Myth Number One: Cats are Light on Their Feet
Well, they can be--if they want to.
The truth is, however, they can be very heavy-pawed, making sounds that would seem to come from a much larger animal. Is that part of their defensive mechanism, like fluffing their fur to appear larger in the face of a threat?
When they jump down from some high perch, it sounds as if a bowling ball is hitting the floor! For some reason, this is especially true if they are jumping from some surface where they know very well they are not allowed. It is as if they are saying, "See? I'm on the floor!"
Then, there are the midnight races up and down the hallway. Kalump, kalump, kalump! It is a game cat owners know as "THoE" or "Thundering Herds of Elephants."
So much for being light on their feet! Myth busted!
Myth Number Two: Cats are Graceful
Maybe I have unusual cats. I've seen some pretty ungraceful moves. But then again, any search of You Tube will bring up countless videos of cats doing some pretty clumsy things.
A couple of mine are true klutzes as well. I just lack the video equipment to prove it. I will leave you to judge by the video compilation below.
Myth busted: cats are klutzes!
Decide for Yourself:
Myth Number Three: Cats are Anti-Social
Now, I know, some of you are thinking, "Oh, they only come around when they want food, or to sleep on your bed."
That may be true to some extent, but with all of our cats, and I'm sure other cat owners can vouch for this: most cats love to cuddle, be petted, and sing you beautiful purr songs to help you drift off to sleep. They may enjoy the soft bed, but they can just as well sleep at the foot of the bed. Snuggling with you is a sign of true affection, especially when it's summer, and they are not needing to share your warmth.
Of course, there is always the one who wants to act like a jerk, but that only proves that cats, like people, are individuals each with their own personalities. Don't we all know people who are jerks?
Furthermore, two of our cats are bona-fide 'nurse cats,' who have helped both my husband and me when we were not feeling well. My husband is a heart patient, and the one cat was his particular overnight companion when he was going through a very bad spell. If he had distress during his sleep, she would know, and wake him up so he could use his medication.
Busted! Cats are alert and capable of caring concern.
Myth Number Four: Cats are Dignified
This goes a little bit along the same lines with them being graceful, but again, not so much.
Cats are clowns, and even grown cats can act in very kittenish ways, sometimes resulting in hilarious outcomes. Check it out below:
Myth busted! Cats are silly!
Dignified? I Think Not
Myth Number Five: Cats are Lazy
Let's see: They have high energy, can leap up to six times their own height, can sprint at speeds up to an astonishing 31 miles per hour. (No wonder you can't catch them when it's time to go to the vet or give medicine!)
On the other hand, cats sleep up to 15 hours a day. But, it's not being lazy, it's conserving energy for all those high-energy pounces and chases, just like their wild cousins.
Well, maybe partly lazy; I may have to give you that one.
Myth may be partially true:
- Why Do Cats Sleep So Much? | petMD
Answers the question, "Why do cats sleep so much?"
Do You Believe Any of These Myths About Cats?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2015 Liz Elias