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FlexPet Mythbuthers - Cat Edition

This article originally appeared on my ongoing series of articles for Flexcin International, Inc as FlexPet Mythbuthers - Cat Edition   Cats are mysterious creatures and oftentimes we don’t understand their intentions. Despite their domestication and interaction with humans for hundreds of years, their behavior is still shrouded by numerous myths. Read on to find out what you know or should I say, what you thought you knewabout cats.  

Dry food is best for your cat

Many people think dry food is the best form of nutrition for your pet. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Your cat’s diet should consist of both wet and dry food as well as whole foods whenever possible.

Cats hate water

While some cats do in fact dislike water, many enjoy baths and even the occasional swim. Running water is especially intriguing to cats as they are drawn to a shower, faucet, and even the garden hose.

Cats always land on their feet

This common misconception has landed numerous cats in the hospital and worse. While cats do have flexible backbones and a good sense of balance, they can easily land wrong and break multiple bones.

Cats do not make good companion animals

Many people have the idea that cats are unloving and generally aloof animals. While they are more independent than dogs, cats can provide the same sense of love and companionship as a dog under the right circumstances.

Declawing is a must if your cat lives in the home

Declawing a cat is a surgical procedure that permanently removes the cats nails from their feet.Claws are essential for a cat especially if they ever wind up outdoors.

Milk is a nutritious treat for your feline

Like many other animals, most cats have difficulty digesting milk. Many cats are lactose intolerant and milk provides little, if any, nutritional value.   Thank you for reading this article.  Your questions and comments are completely welcome (I’ll respond). Please feel free to communicate with me through Twitter (@PatrickMahaney) and follow my adventures in veterinary medicine by liking Patrick Mahaney: Veterinarian Acupuncture Pain Management for Your Pets on Facebook. Copyright of this article (2012) is owned by Dr Patrick Mahaney, Veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Republishing any portion of this article must first be authorized by Dr Patrick Mahaney. Requests for republishing must be approved by Dr Patrick Mahaney and received in written format.
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