The Most Common Myths We Hold About Cats and Dogs

The Most Common Myths We Hold About Cats and Dogs

For those who proudly proclaim themselves as the ultimate most well-versed pet parents, it might be time for a reality check. A recent survey carried out by OnePoll in collaboration with Stella & Chewy’s, a maker of raw and raw-inspired pet food, shed light on some of the most common misconceptions people have about pets. Their survey was conducted among 2,000 dog and cat owners to explore common misconceptions about pets. Surprisingly, the research found that 92% of pet parents continue to be influenced by these myths.

Despite what many believe, 68% of dog parents were unaware that a wagging tail doesn’t always indicate happiness. Apparently, it can also signify interest and alertness as reported by Current Biology, a research website. Similarly, 38% of their survey participants falsely believed that a cold, wet nose is a reliable sign of a dog’s good health. In reality, a wet nose can simply result from a dog licking it, a behavior that actually enhances their sense of smell, says Psychology Today.

Common myths about cats

In the case of cats, the survey found that 42% of cat parents held the misconception that their feline companions can see in complete darkness. While cats can indeed see in very low light, they are unable to see in total darkness.

Another common myth is the notion that cats always land on their feet. This belief was held by 41% of cat parents surveyed. Even though a cat’s ability to land on all four paws can be influenced by its overall health and condition. “Cats actually don’t always land on their feet! Healthy cats are more likely to stick the landing compared to overweight cats or those with coordination issues,” says Wag, a pet care website.

The survey also explored myths related to pets’ diets. Over a quarter of dog parents (28%) believed that homemade pet food is healthier than store-bought options. Similarly, a significant number of cat parents (30%) thought that cats should avoid all human food, even though there are safe human foods that cats can consume. Additionally, 23% of respondents believed that pets should go to sleep with a full stomach, and 29% of participants, particularly cat owners, believed the common myth that cats enjoy milk, despite the fact that many cats are lactose intolerant.

Check out the complete list of the most common pet myths here.

Things To Consider When Adopting A Pet


Things to consider when adopting a pet

Pets not only offer friendship and comfort, but they offer health benefits as well. According to the CDC, having pets lowers blood pressure, lowers stress, and helps to combat loneliness. Many people with pets also see an increase in their own fitness and socialization. Adopting a pet has the additional benefit of providing a home for an animal in need.

“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions; they pass no criticisms,” according to novelist George Eliot. Perhaps their uncomplicated companionship is why the adoption of rescue animals saw a significant increase during COVID-19. Time magazine even named rescue animals its 2020 Pet of the Year.

While adopting a pet is noble, there are many factors to consider, and pet ownership should not be taken lightly. Pets are a serious commitment and require both care and love. Do you have the proper space? Do you have the time? Is everyone in your family on board? How much can you afford to spend on a new pet? These are just a few questions you should ask before bringing home a furry friend.

ManyPets compiled a list of nine things to consider when adopting a pet using information from various animal organizations.

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