The Best Care for Your Cat: Myths Debunked

Usually, cats mean happiness and joy. Our furry felines are loveable, and they make even the hardest of people melt. We turn into complete softies when a cat (or kitten) crosses our path, and the urge to pet, fuss and stroke is almighty. Pets mean the world to us, and we adopt them into our lives and turn them into a sacred family member. Life is not the same without a pet, which is why looking after them and keeping them well is of the utmost importance.

Like with everything, there are accepted schools of thought for looking after cats; yet, these ways are not always correct, and there are many myths that have developed around how to look after our cats. In fact, they can be more harmful than good. To give your cat the best care, and the greatest of lives, here are some of the most common myths debunked.

Milk is Good for Cats

There’s a traditional image of a cat happily lapping up a bowl of milk. However, this is far than the truth, as milk is nowadays indigestible for your furry feline. Although they may go crazy over the milk in your cereal or the cream poured over your dessert, you should never give in to their purring and begging. This is because the milk (or cream) we now buy from supermarkets contain little fat and are high in sugar (lactose).

Cats are lactoseintolerant because, like some humans, they do not have the enzymes needed to digest the lactose found in milk. However, kittens can typically digest milk until they’re fully weaned because they haven’t yet lost the lactase enzyme. You may be able to give your kitten milk, but it’s highly recommended to avoid milk altogether – regardless of age or whether they seem unaffected.

Indoor Cats are Less Prone to Fleas and Illness

You cat doesn’t have to be outside to get fleas. They are quite capable of becoming a fleabag on their own, within their own home. This is because you, the pet owner, can bring in fleas; as well as anyone else who encounters your cat. If your friend (whose pet has fleas) touches your cat, there’s a chance of them becoming infected. There are, however, many ways to counter such issues, such as flea drops, indoor spray and shampoo. To research the best product to meet your cat’s needs check out advantage 2 for pet reviews.

Cats Purr Because They’re Happy

We believe cats purr because they’re content and happy. Though, in reality, cats purr for anumber of reasons, and the purr should be compared to the human smile. We do not solely smile when we’re happy; instead, we smile when we’re sad, sick, nervous or in pain. This is the same for cats, who will purr regardless of emotion. Usually, you should take the whole of your cat’s body language into consideration – not just the sound they’re making. If your cat seems unwell but is purring, make sure to take them to the vet for a check-up. Your little ball of fur is most likely purring because they’re trying to get your attention. 

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