Even though new discoveries are quickly debunking the current myths concerning household pets, some of them still persist. Owning a pet is without a doubt a great responsibility for any person, but sometimes our misconceptions get the best of us. The problem is that some of these myths and misconceptions prevent owners from providing their pet the optimal care, the best diet and the necessary treatment in the eventuality that it develops a condition. This guide aims to discuss some of these most frequently encountered myths and if you have fallen prey to either of them, you should immediately take the steps to address the issue.
A dog/cat that never leaves the house does not necessitate vaccines
It is necessary to point out that the legislation in the vast majority of states stipulates that the anti-rabies vaccine is mandatory, regardless of whether your dog/cat leaves the premises of your home. Rabies is spread by bats and chances are these small animals could enter the house without your knowledge. On a side note, the heartworm preventatives should also be part of your pet’s treatment, considering that you cannot really keep your home 100% mosquito free at all times.
Sister-brother pet mating is not an issue
False, dogs and cats have no sense of taboo and will in fact mate with their siblings as soon as their reproductive organs are functional. Like in the case of human, inbreeding has high changes of determining congenital defects, so the pets should be spayed/neutered before they are 6 months old. Alternatively, you can give them away to different homes.
Milk is part of a cat’s mandatory diet
This is probably the most frequently encountered mistake, but it is simple to understand why pet owner believe that: cats love milk and this aliment has positive health effects for humans. However, while the weaning period milk does constitute the primary source of nourishment, the cat develops lactose intolerance. Therefore, by giving them milk you can expect gastrointestinal infections, diarrhea, gas, etc.
Cats usually urinate outside the box as revenge
You simply cannot attribute human emotions and reactions to your household pets, no matter how friendly or vengeful they appear. If your cat was trained to utilize the litter box but you discover urine stains on the carpet all of a sudden, it could indicate that it is suffering from a urinary tract disease (stones, infection, inflammation, etc.). Therefore, visit your veterinarian right away in order to establish the diagnosis.
Your pet could suffer a myocardial infarction from overexcitement
The heart of the dog or the cat does not have the same structure as its human counterpart. Therefore, it is not predisposed to the same type of problems, including myocardial infarctions, better known as heart attacks. However, in the case of dogs, there are certain issues that can occur, such as heart failures or valvular diseases. The first indicators for these conditions comprise of coughing or difficulties in breathing shortly following physical effort. When you notice these symptoms, you should immediately take your pet to the veterinarian because the condition could be fatal in the absence of the correct treatment.
Crate training is nothing short of animal cruelty
In fact, a quick look at the dog’s evolution as pets will show you that originally these animals were kept in dens. The ancestral memory of the specie determines the dog to view the crate as its own personal den, his private refuge. Because the dog will never leave urine or feces in its den, the crate constitutes the perfect housebreaking method. It is true that they are reluctant to the crate at first, but after a while they will grow to enjoy it. However, various dog races necessitate different crate training procedures, so be sure to apply the most viable one in your case.
Cats and babies do not mix well
This myth comes from an ancient superstition that suggested the cats are draining the life of the baby. And the superstition probably originates from the fact that the cat sniffs out the milk scent on the lips of the infants, which draws their attention and they sometimes proceed to licking the baby. As silly as this may be, you should know that once the child is big enough to crawl around and grab things, you will need to supervise both him and the cat in order to prevent potential injuries but other than that, these both beings can get along pretty well!