The Truth about Cats and Dogs
Some pet owners have notions about their pets that aren't always accurate. The article breaks down misconceptions surrounding some of the more commonly held beliefs about cats and dogs. Here, we supply additional information--somefun, some more serious--about both cats and dogs.
Some Myths--and Realities
As with most myths some pertaining to cats and dogs are harmless while others can potentially be harmful. Below are examples of myths that can lead to health problems if clients believe them:
Cats don't always walk away from a fall. cats do have an amazing ability to land on their feet (referred to an a righting reflex). However, depending on how far they fall they can be injured.
A cat's nose pad is unique. In fact, it has ridged pattern similar to a human fingerprint.
Cats use their whiskers to judge whether they can fit through narrow places. An overweight cat could gauge a passageway incorrectly and get stuck. This is just one of many reasons why cats should be kept fit.
A cold, wet nose isn't always a sign of good health. Similarly, a dog with a warm, dry nose isn't necessarily sick. Owners should watch for clinical signs and not rely on a dog's nose as an indication of illness.
Some dominant female dogs raise their leg to urinate. They just don't raise their leg as high as males do.
An old dog can be taught new tricks. A healthy senior dog can certainly learn new tricks, although the time it takes may depend on the complexity of the trick. Of course, some dogs learn faster than others, so if the dog was skilled at learning new tricks when it was younger, it will likely still be a whiz when it's older.