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Friday, March 30, 2018

Things everyone gets wrong about cats

Things everyone gets wrong about cats:-

Cats are undeniably cool. They're adorable, furry little ninjas that share our homes and have an overwhelming urge to push things off other things. We're cool with it, though, because they're so darn cute that they can get away with a lot. We opened our homes—and our hearts—to them a long time ago, but there's still a ton of misinformation floating around out there that just refuses to go away

Myth: Cats love milk

It's in so many movies. If there's a cat, they're given a saucer of milk. That's what cats like, right?

Well, no. Cats drink milk as kittens, of course—all mammals do when young. But once they're weaned off their mother's milk, they stop producing all the enzymes they need to digest the stuff. So yes, that means that most cats are lactose intolerant, although milk and dairy in small amounts is usually all right. Regular milk's lactose collects in the cat's digestive system and leads to all sorts of stinky problems—the same problems that happen if a lactose intolerant person chugs a milkshake with their cheese-filled dinner.

There's another problem with milk, too, and that's the fat and calorie content. Give a cat a saucer of milk as big as their head, and that's like you sitting down and eating a gallon of full-fat ice cream with some extra fat for good measure. (We won't judge, we've been there.) That means not only will milk make a cat unacceptably leaky, but it'll make him fat, too. They still might like the actual taste of milk—just like you're still going to want some more of that triple-cookie-dough-chunk-fudge ice cream the next day—and that's why they make lactose-free, low-fat cat milk. We're still waiting on the ice cream version

Myth: Their whiskers help them to balance:
Firstly, what is with all the savages on the Internet asking what happens when they cut off a cat's whiskers? Just … no. These people should not be allowed near cats.

Now, the myth. Popular belief says that whiskers are tied to a cat's sense of balance, and it makes sense that something explains their effortless ninja skills. It's not their whiskers, though, as those delicate little feelers are used for navigation and sensory perception.

That's right, they're cooler than you thought. A cat's whiskers are made of the same material that makes up other animals' horns: keratin. Where they're connected to the cat's face is a whole bunch of nerves, and they can feel the changes in the air that happen as they get closer to walls and other obstacles. If you've ever noticed the fine hairs on the top of a cat's head or on the backs of their legs (not all cats have those), those are whiskers, too, and they work the same way.

As for the rumor that the cat's whiskers are as wide as its body and lets it know if it can fit through a tight space, that much is true (as long as Puss isn't overweight). And as for cutting them off, sometimes it's necessary for the vet to do it, but you shouldn't. The loss of sensory input can make the poor cat disoriented, confused, and scared, so seriously, just don't do it.

Myth: Your cat's fine with being vegetarian
So you're a vegetarian. Congratulations, we're sure you'd like to tell us all about it. But before you put your cat on a strict vegetarian diet because you enjoy forcing your lifestyle choices on others, know that your cat is not at all fine with the idea.

A handful of nutrients that cats need to survive, like taurine and arachidonic acid, come from meat. They also need a heck of a lot of protein, more than most other animals do. They can't easily get all that from a plant-based diet, and deficiencies mean they're going to suffer from skin problems, hearing loss, and even heart and liver problems. There's also the problem of vegetarian diets being high in carbohydrates, and cats can't process that. Sure, a handful of professionals will swear a vegetarian diet is fine, but considering they're largely manufacturers of vegetarian cat food, you can guess exactly where their interests lie.

Some vegetarian diets have artificial versions of all the meat proteins cats need, and that all sounds great … until you keep reading and find out that cats can't process artificial ingredients as efficiently as they process natural ones. That's going to mean a weakened heart and shortened lifespan, and if you're so worried about the ethics of meat consumption, what about the ethics of putting your cat through that? Research has also found that cats forced onto a vegetarian diet at home will simply head out into the great outdoors and start picking off the local wildlife to supplement the crap diet you're giving them, because they will have none of your fascist ways

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