Believing the false fibs that have grown up around cat culture isn’t only incorrect, it can be hazardous to your cat’s health if you believe something that’s not true! Here, your Richmond Hill veterinarian discusses three cat myths that you shouldn’t put any stock in.

Cats Always Land on Their Feet

Cats are agile and graceful most of the time, yes, but that doesn’t mean they’re infallible. In fact, cats fall out of open windows or improperly-screened windows so often that veterinarians have a name for the condition—high-rise syndrome. Falls from shorter distances, such as only a few feet off a counter, can be even more dangerous because the animal doesn’t have enough time to right itself.

Keep windows closed if they don’t have a screen, and make sure screens are sturdy and don’t have holes or tears. Prevent your cat from climbing on wobbly or insecure higher surfaces, and restrict access to a balcony or high window ledge.

Cats Love Milk

Well, this may be partially true—cats probably will love milk if you set it in front of them, but the milk won’t love them back. Most cats are lactose-intolerant and can’t digest milk properly. It can lead to diarrhea and bladder stones in severe cases. Aside from their mother’s milk when they’re very young, cats have no nutritional need for milk at all. Resist the urge to place a saucer of warm milk in front of your cat.

Cats Purr When Happy

Again, only partially true—cats do purr when contended, yes, but purring also can signify an array of other emotions or feelings. Cats can purr when they’re afraid, injured and in pain, nursing, or even when giving birth! Two purrs that sound the same to us could actually be a happy purr and a stressed-out purr. If you think your cat is purring or otherwise vocalizing because of discomfort or stress, give your Richmond Hill veterinarian a call.