Veterinarians Debunk 13 Cat Myths

Veterinarians Debunk 13 Cat Myths


Carly Fox: “Pregnant women
can’t live with cats.” This is a huge myth. Please don’t get rid of your
cat if you are pregnant. “When cats purr, it means they’re happy.” This is definitely a myth. Ann Hohenhaus: “Cats think
their owner is their mother.” Fox: Obviously your cat doesn’t think that you’re its mother. I’m Dr. Carly Fox. I’m an emergency and
critical-care veterinarian at the Animal Medical
Center in New York City. Hohenhaus: And I’m Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, also at the Animal Medical Center, but I’m an internal medicine
and oncology specialist. Fox: Today we’re going
to debunk some cat myths. [meow] “Cats love milk.” I mean, I think this is sort of an image that has been put forth
throughout our childhood, like, in storybooks and
in movies and on TV, but unfortunately,
cats, as they get older, actually are lactose intolerant. So their bodies actually
can’t even digest milk. As kittens, they have an
enzyme called lactase, which helps them break down milk, because they are supposed to be drinking their mother’s milk. But as they get older, that enzyme, which is usually very present, goes away. And then they’re unable to digest milk. So if you feed milk to an older cat, or really any cat after they’ve been weaned from their mother, they really can’t digest it. Even though they seem like they’re really enjoying themselves, it actually can cause
gastrointestinal upset. Hohenhaus: You can go to
the pet store, though, and buy cat milk. [laughs] And the cat milk has two things that make it special for cats. One is it’s lactose-free, just like the lactose-free milk you can buy in the grocery store. But it also has extra taurine added to it. And cats require taurine in their diet. So it’s just an extra source of that amino acid special for cats. Fox: I mean, who knew? Hohenhaus: “Cats are nocturnal.” How can you be nocturnal when you sleep 23 hours a day? [laughs] The typical cat sleeps 23 hours a day. They wake up long enough
to kill some prey, eat that prey, and then go back to sleep until the next time they’re hungry. Fox: They’re actually crepuscular animals. Hohenhaus: They’re what?
Fox: Crepuscular. That means that they’re active during dusk and dawn, which goes back to what you just said about them hunting. So,
that’s how lions hunt. They hunt in the dusk or the dawn, where they can, you know, see prey better, hunt, and kill, and our domestic cats
actually evolved from that. So they’re actually supposed to be most active in the morning
and in the evening, but not necessarily in
the middle of the night. Though some cats obviously are. Hohenhaus: Well, and they are
most active in the morning. Ask any cat owner. At 4
o’clock in the morning, that cat’s walking on your head and running over the bed,
trying to get you up, because they don’t have
to hunt for breakfast. They just have to get you up. Fox: “Cats hate water.” Can’t say that every cat hates water, but, I mean, in my experience, most cats definitely dislike water, as in they don’t like
being bathed in water. You’re definitely not gonna see most cats go for a swim. I’d say most cats don’t love water, but when cats are feeling unkempt, perhaps they do like water. Hohenhaus: “Cats think their
owner is their mother.” [laughs] I think that they just see you as a source of food and comfort and cleanliness and a safe place to live. Fox: Yeah, obviously your cat doesn’t think that you’re its mother, but they definitely think that you’re its caretaker and they need you, but, you know, another person could
probably fill in that job just as easily for your cat, honestly, so I don’t think that cats think that you’re their mother. But some people definitely think that. “Pregnant women can’t live with cats.” This is a huge myth. Please don’t get rid of your
cat if you are pregnant. Cats can sometimes be
infected with a parasite called toxoplasmosis, which can be shed in your cat’s feces. If picked up by a pregnant woman, this parasite can sometimes cause birth defects or miscarriage, and that’s obviously something
we would want to avoid. Cleaning the litter box
daily will help with this. You definitely don’t want to leave the litter box to
go for more than one day because that can increase infection. If you do need to clean the litter box, you should just wear gloves. So the best thing that you can do is have someone clean
the litter box for you, which is also just great. Who wants to clean their litter box? It’s a break for nine months. Hohenhaus: So, if you’re
concerned about your health or your cat’s health
during your pregnancy, be sure to bring up the topic with both your veterinarian and your obstetrician. “Cats can see in complete darkness.” Cats have great night vision. They have, like, a mirror
in the back of their eye. And you know that from
taking photos of your cat because you see that yellow-green reflection in the camera, and that’s this mirror that’s in the back of the cat’s eye that helps to reflect light around to improve their night vision. And that reflector area
is called the tapetum. Fox: Cats really can’t
see in complete darkness. They still need a little
bit of light in their eye for it to bounce back
and forth within the eye off the tapetum, so complete darkness they cannot see in, but a lot of darkness with a little bit of light, they actually can see. Hohenhaus: “Human food is bad for cats.” We don’t recommend feeding
a human diet to cats, because it doesn’t meet
their nutritional needs. Cats are obligate carnivores, and it means they need to eat meat. So your diet is not appropriate for cats. Fox: “Black cats are bad luck.” I mean, this is obviously a huge myth. Hohenhaus: I think that black cats are bad luck for themselves, because they don’t get
adopted from a shelter as readily as a pretty gray cat or a flashy tricolor cat. So the bad luck is actually for the cat, not for you. “Cats don’t love people or babies.” My mother was so worried about this when I was having a baby,
because I had these cats. And she said, “Those cats
are gonna climb in the crib and suffocate my grandson.” Nothing like that happened. Babies are unpredictable, and they smell different than people, and they make different
movements than people, and they have stinky diapers. So I think this actually
might partly be true. It’s not that they don’t like babies. It’s that they’re different than the people they’re used to. Fox: “Cats always land on their feet.” Well, cats do have an
excellent righting reflex, meaning that a lot of the times they actually do land on their feet, and that has to do with their anatomy and their vestibular system. However, unfortunately,
I’m an emergency doctor, I live in New York City. I see many, many, many cats not land on their feet. Definitely don’t think that your cat will just be fine if it unfortunately falls out of your third-story window or even from your top
of your refrigerator. Hohenhaus: And when they fall, they’ll land on their chin, and they often fracture their wrists, and then if they belly flop, as opposed to land on their feet, they’ll also get air in their lungs or around their lungs because their lungs get a little tear in it and start leaking. So these injuries are severe and life-threatening for cats. So the answer is get screens or don’t open your windows. “Cats and dogs don’t get along.” I don’t have any idea where
this would have come from. There are plenty of houses and households in the United States where
there are both dogs and cats and they’re perfectly fine. Just like some people don’t get along, sometimes a dog and cat don’t get along, but sometimes you have two
dogs and they don’t get along or two cats and they don’t get along. So I think this is more
about the personality of your dog and your cat than it is that they can’t get along. They’re not gonna be the
next YouTube sensation, but I guess they maintain a working relationship. Hohenhaus: Yeah, yeah, that’s good. A working relationship. We have to work together to be good pets. Fox: Yeah. Let’s do that. “When cats purr, it means they’re happy.” This is definitely a myth, and I can tell you I’ve been scratched by many a purring cat. You know, I think purring is oftentimes associated with pleasure in cats; however, sometimes cats
can purr for other reasons, like they’re very nervous, or it’s a warning actually, or they’re hungry, not necessarily that they’re happy. “One human year equals seven cat years.” This is definitely, definitely a myth. I think this is something
we more associate with dogs, but if you apply it to cats, I think it’s even more of a myth. Hohenhaus: Well, and if
you look at it on the reverse end of the lifespan, a cat can have kittens
when it’s 6 months old. 6-month-old cat would be
3.5 years in human age, and clearly no 3.5-year-old children are having babies of their own.
Fox: I hope not. Hohenhaus: So, it
doesn’t work in cats, no. Fox: Today we debunked some cat myths. There is a little bit of truth to some of these myths
that we talked about today, and I think that’s very fitting, since cats are these very particular, special animals that are a bit of, like, a mixed bag, just like these myths. Hohenhaus: My son’s
first words were “meow.” [laughing] Producer: That’s crazy. Hohenhaus: He would look
at the cat and go “meow.” Fox: That’s cute, really? [laughing]

59 Comments on “Veterinarians Debunk 13 Cat Myths”

  1. “WHO ELSE IS WATCHING THIS WHILE BEING STUCK AT HOME BC OF THAT CORONA??
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  2. Cats hate water

    Actually tigers and jaguars are at home in the water and actually really good swimmers.
    Fishing cats as the name implies know how to fish really well and don't mind the water at all.

  3. I'm a medical doctor. Concerning cats and pregnancy, the risk of toxoplasmosis is higher in outdoor cats. This page from the cdc gives useful info https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/pregnant.html

  4. Myth: Black cats bring bad luck

    Um, excuse me? I have a very fluffy and nice black cat so that is totally not true!

  5. If my last name were pronounced ho-in-house I would 100% study whatever it takes for my title to be "sexpert"

  6. "The typical cat sleeps 23 hours a day" 1:48 can someone get a source for this? Seems like bullshit at first glance and even after a quick google search

  7. PETS ARE THE WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO SOCIETY. YOU DUMB LOSER EAT ANIMALS AND THEN WANNA PROTECT THEM 🤣😂👌🏿👌🏿👌🏿

  8. So the idea that cats love milk came from the same place as the myth that rabbits love carrots: television. In reality, milk and carrots are dangerous for the respective animals. How sad.

  9. My dog gets along well with my younger cats but she is afraid of my older cat. The little asshole always chases her like hellO you can't win this fight she's a shepherD you're a cat

  10. Wasting my time with this nonsense!!! LIES!!! CATS ARE DIRTIEST KOST DISGUSTING SPECIES IN THE WORLD. RAT, CAT, ROACH, SNAKE!!!!

  11. Myth: "Cats can't live with pregnant women" Except they carry a parasite that causes birth defect that is transmitted through their feces and they walk in their shit and all over everything you own lol. Sometimes these videos miss the mark

  12. Wait didn't they just agree with the "Human food is bad for cats." myth? "Your diet is not appropriate for cats" lol and "cats are obligate carnivores". Why are you making these videos …. people who don't watch the whole thing are gonna read that sign and think it's false. A lot of half truth and clarifications here that are hidden under clickbait it's a little ridiculous

  13. So if my cat needs Taurine and Taurine is in red bull…I can give my cat wings!!! ((No I am not going to do that))

  14. They're trying to protect the unborn baby from toxoplasma. You'd think you'd research a little sense you're so smart

  15. Please debunk the myth that it is safe to feed cats tuna fish. It is bad for them and their kidneys. Unless this is a myth, but I've had several veterinarians tell me this.

  16. Cat poop can have parasites that hurts developing fetuses. If you’re pregnant don’t change a cats litter box or come in contact with cat feces. Can cause a miscarriage!

  17. There is really bad chemistry between these two ladies, it's almost palpable. The one in black has strange, sarcastic and condescending mannerisms. Really bad casting from the people responsible for this video!

  18. "Cats think you're their mother". Obviously these women have never had a litter of bottle babies. The boy in my icon opened his eyes to me and never left my side for 16 years. And it's not just shown with humans and cats. I've known of little babes raised by dogs, and Ive even known of a cat who was adopted by a duck. So, yeah.
    And the purring bit, they left out the MOST IMPORTANT reason a cat may be purring: They also purr WHEN THEY ARE SICK. If your cat is hiding and purring, get it to the vet ASAP!

  19. Actually cats can never digest cow’s milk, even when they are kittens. If you feed a kitten cow’s milk, they will get diarrhea because they can’t digest it and as anyone who fosters kittens knows, diarrhea in kittens can be deadly. I would never take my cats to see these vets.

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