Whether you're thinking about adopting a cat or already have one in your home, of course you want to make sure that your feline friend is taken care of and lives a happy life. Unfortunately, there are all kinds of dangerous myths floating around out there when it comes to caring for a cat or kitten. By knowing the truth behind these myths, you'll be in a better position to provide your cat with the level of care it deserves.
Myth 1: It's Good to Feed Cats Milk
Cats love milk, right? Actually, very young kittens are really the only cats that require milk, and that milk should come from another cat in order for the kitten to obtain the necessary nutrients. As cats get older, however, they tend to become lactose intolerant--just like many humans do. Therefore, you're better off not feeding your cats milk. In the event that you've found a young kitten, stop at your local pet store to pick up a milk that's specifically formulated for cats; do not give any cat goat's milk or any other kind of milk.
Myth 2: If a Cat Purrs, It Must Be Happy
Purring is usually associated with happiness in cats; while it can definitely be the case that a purring cat is very content, it shouldn't be assumed that this is always what's going on. In fact, many cats will purr when they're scared, upset, or when they feel threatened. Therefore, it's important to understand a cat's other body language to determine the real reason why a cat may be purring. For example, a purring cat that's sprawled out on its back and exposing its belly is probably happy, whereas a purring cat with a bushy tail and arched back may be scared.
Myth 3: Cats Don't Need Dental Care
Finally, avoid falling for the misconception that you don't need to take any steps to care for your cat's teeth. In fact, gum disease is one of the most common health ailments in cats (and dogs) because so many pet owners don't take the necessary steps to support their dental health. While brushing a cat's teeth regularly may be out of the question, there are still treats and water additives that are formulated to help fight tartar and maintain healthy gums. Not to mention, taking these steps can give your cat better breath, making it a win-win situation for both of you.
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