People say that dogs are man’s best friend, but when you look at the numbers it’s clear that cat’s hold the top spot in people’s hearts.  The Human Society estimates that there are 86.4 million cats owned in the United States, and it’s clear that people love their furry feline friends.  Despite the popularity of cats, people have a lot of misconceptions about them.  There are some things you may believe are basic cat facts, but are actually cat myths.  Do you think you know everything there is to know about cats?  See if you believe any of these “facts” about cats people commonly mention.
 
 
Your cat may be a little independent, but they still need lots of love and care
 
 Cats are low maintenance pets that require little care
Your cat may studiously clean itself, but that doesn’t mean that they still don’t require a good brushing and an occasional bath. Your kitty may love to hunt pests in your home, but they still need toys and play time with their owners.  It’s true that cats are a bit more “independent” than other mammals people keep as pets, but cats still require as much love and attention as other pets do.  Remember that there is no such thing as a “low maintenance” pet; every pet requires care and attention from their owners.
 
 
Your indoor cat has the same medical needs as any outdoor cat
 
Indoor cats don’t need as much medical care as outdoor cats
Don’t think you can skip practicing flea prevention for cats because your cat is strictly an indoor cat.  Keeping your cat indoors protects them from a variety of dangers, but that doesn’t make them immune to health problems.  Indoor cats need the same medical care outdoor cats do, including regular visits to the vet. 
 
 
Don't worry pregnant ladies, you don't have to give up your furry friend
 
Pregnant women shouldn’t have cats
There are two reasons why some people believe that pregnant women shouldn’t own cats:
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-          -They believe that cats can harm babies by sleeping on their heads
·         -They worry about the mother catching toxoplasmosis
 
The first statement is 100% false, but there is a little truth behind the second one.  It is true that some cats carry the organism Toxoplasma gondii, the bacteria the causes toxoplasmosis, and it’s true that the bacteria can harm both the mother and the unborn baby by causing miscarriage.  However, this doesn’t mean that pregnant women should get rid of their cats.  A study done in Europe showed that the largest risk of contracting toxoplasmosis during pregnancy comes from eating undercooked meat, and that contracting it from cats is rare.  If you’re concerned about the disease, simply have someone else take care of the litter box during your pregnancy, but don’t get rid of your pet.
 
 
Make sure that your indoor cat has plenty of fun and stimulating toys
 
Cats are unhappy when they’re kept indoors
If you adopted an older cat that’s used to going outdoors your cat may find indoor life boring, but that doesn’t mean that every cat feels bored indoors.  Cats that grow up indoors can be very happy in a home environment as long as they’re given plenty of toys, scratching posts, climbing towers and perches for them to look outside.  Letting your cat outside puts them at a great risk or injury and disease, and it isn’t good for local wildlife
 
 
Kittens are cute, but they aren't a medical necessity
 
 Female cats should have at least one litter before they’re spayed
This is a common myth, but so far there is no scientific evidence that birthing a littler before being spayed has any health benefits for cats.  Spaying cats can help prevent uterine cancer, mammary cancer, ovarian cysts, and protects them from the complications that can occur because of pregnancy.  There are far too many health benefits that come from having your cat fixed, and you should do it as soon as you can.
 
 
Some have a hunch about what their litter box is for, but others may need some potty training
 
Cats naturally know how to use a litter box
While it’s true that many cats don’t require the rigorous bathroom training dogs need, that doesn’t mean that cats have a natural instinct that tells them how to use a litter box.  They do have a natural instinct to bury their waste, but they don’t have anything in their DNA that tells them to use the litter box in the bathroom.  Most cats learn how to use the litter box when they observe their mother doing it, and some cats may naturally gravitate towards the litter box because it’s good place to bury things.  Either way, don’t assume that every cat you own is going to know that they need to use the litter box when they go to the bathroom.