As anyone who has ever owned a cat will tell you, that old chestnut about a cat always landing on their feet isn’t strictly true. However, it is a myth that manages to persist, even amongst cat owners who have seen their cat land on their face time and time again. And it is not the only myth that people have about pets, many of which could be harming your animal.
The most persistent myths about animals seem to be about food. However, what is strange about food myths is the fact that they are often so contradictory.
Some myths suggest that cats and dogs should never eat human food, whilst others suggest that human food is actually good for them. In reality, like many pet myths, there are truths and fallacies involved here and, in reality, a small amount of human food can be okay for a pet, so long as it is in moderation and is of the type of food their bodies can process. Foods high in fat, sugar or salt may indeed lead them to feel ill or may simply be damaging to their health over time. As such, it is always worth talking to a vet about what food is safe for them to eat and what is not so that you can be sure that any treats are not going to be harming them.
It is also important to ensure that the pet nutrition you are offering the rest of the time is extremely balanced. Offering the wrong foods to your pet will be akin to feeding them junk food all the time and, as such, when you add human food into the mix, you may well be making things far worse for them.
There are many myths about cats and dogs, and some of these may have been around so long that they are taken to be truth without question. Always be sure to look up information on any animal you own to be sure you can sort the fact from the fiction and that, in turn, you are not harming them.