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Do Cats Really Have Nine Lives?

Fact or fiction? Learn the truth about common cat myths!

The answer to that question is scientifically very simple: No. Cats, just like every other species on this earth, only has one life, so why is it said that cats have nine lives? There are myths surrounding pretty much any topic you can think of, including our furry feline friends. Here are the truth surrounding some common cat myths

Nine Lives

One of the most common cat myths goes back to the title of this post, which is that cats have nine lives. It is said that this myth stems from the fact that cats are known to be very agile and have great dexterity. Though no one knows the exact derivation of the saying, it was used as far back as Shakespeare times. In Egyptian culture, the god Atum-Ra would take the form of a cat when visiting the underworld and gave birth to eight other major Gods, creating nine lives in one. The theory could also have derived from China, where nine was considered a lucky number.

Cats Always Land On Their Feet

This is the myth that may have led people to believe that cats have nine lives. Cats, however, do not always land on their feet. They can be injured from falls as well if they fall the wrong way. They do have something called a righting reflex that allows them to twist very quickly in the air so that they can adjust accordingly when falling from a high place, giving them a higher chance of landing on their feet. Cats are actually more prone to being injured when falling from low heights because if gives them less time to turn their bodys into a good position for safe landing.

Cats Should Be Given Milk

Cats are commonly seen on television with a bowl of milk next to their water. This is one of the common cat myths that I believed up until I recently got my own cat and did some research. While it is true that cats do like milk even when they are older in age, the milk we buy in supermarkets isn’t the same as milk that has come straight from a cow or from their mothers. That means that it can be hard for cats to digest. So, while they might drink the milk, cats typically grow up to be lactose intolerant, leading to a stomach ache.

Call Catonsville Cat Clinic Today!

For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!

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