Cat Stereotypes That Simply Aren’t True

If you have been lucky enough to own cats during your lifetime, you know they are magical creatures that can bring great joy to your life. However, as weird as it sounds, cats also have negative connotations for certain people. Here are three of them and why they are simply not true:

Black Cats are Not Evil and Do Not Bring Bad Luck

This is probably the number one stereotype when it comes to cats. While black cats were considered lucky in some parts of the world, that was not true in North America, where they were often viewed with scorn and even fear. This is simply an unfounded superstition that has caused many perfectly social able cats to be left behind or even killed. In fact, black cats are among the best-behaved types of domestic felines.

Cats Harm Children

Here is another foolish superstition. Some believe the old wives’ tale that cats steal sleeping children’s breath, slowly draining them of life. The truth is that dogs are infinitely more likely to harm kids. This is not necessarily a sign that this form of pet is unsuitable for young ones, but more likely such behavior is the result of neglect and other forms of abuse.

A cat might scratch or bite a child, but again, this is almost certainly the result of an act of abuse.

Cats are Not Sociable

Cats falling under this heading are this way because they were not socialized during the critical early stages of life (usually 3-16 weeks) which can profoundly influence future behavior. Feral cats qualify here, but kittens raised amongst humans (and receiving positive interaction with them) almost always display highly social tendencies.

This is not to say that your cat will never want to be alone. However, the thought that they hate people and would prefer not to be around us is certainly not true.

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