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  • Writer's pictureIngrid Cawthorne

Top Dog & Cat Myths

Think you know pets? Today we will discuss several common pet myths.

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#1- Dogs can't see colors

Although dogs don't see the world in full color like we do, dogs can see some colors. Their eyes detect fewer colors than ours, similar to humans with color blindness. They can tell the difference between blue and yellow, but see green and red as shades of grey.

#2- Milk is good for cats

While your cat may love the taste of milk, cats are actually lactose intolerant. Drinking milk to eating other dairy products actually leads to tummy troubles more often than not.

#3- A dog wagging it's tail means it's happy

Not all tail wags are the same. While it's true that dogs wag their tail to show happiness, they also wag to show other emotions such as fear, insecurity or as a warning.

#4- A purring cat is a happy cat

Just like with tail wags in dogs, purring in cats can have many meanings. Purring can also signal fear, pain or even aggression. It's best to look at overall body language to gauge how the cat is feeling.

#5- You can't teach an old dog new tricks

Dogs of any age can learn new behaviors and thrive on it! Puppies may be easier to teach as they have not yet learned bad habits than need to be untrained but seniors can have just as much fun learning a new trick or two.


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