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Debunking Myths: Cats, Dogs, Rabbits, Tailwagging's insights for better Petcare

Updated: Apr 27

Over the years Tailwaggingjoy encountered many myths related to pets. Research shows that 9 out of 10 pet owners carry myth believes, after many years of raising a pet. Most probably these are the most popular ones


Pets Age Seven Years for Every Human Year (Dogs, cats, rabbits, horses)

Fact: This myth suggests that you can calculate a pet's age by multiplying their age in years by seven to equate it to human years. However, this oversimplified calculation doesn't account for variations in aging rates among different species and breeds. In reality, the aging process varies significantly between species, with smaller animals generally having longer lifespans than larger ones.

Dog with a smile
Antibacterial agent exist in dog saliva


Dogs Have Cleaner Mouths Than Humans

Fact: It's a widespread belief that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's mouth due to their saliva's antibacterial properties. While it's true that dogs saliva contains some antibacterial agents, dogs can still harbour harmful bacteria in their mouths, especially if they've been scavenging or have dental issues. In fact, allowing dogs to lick wounds or share food can potentially transfer harmful bacteria to humans.


Cats Always Land on Their Feet

Agile cat
Cat landed on its feet

Fact: Cats are known for their remarkable agility and ability to right themselves during falls, leading to the misconception that they always land on their feet. While cats have a remarkable instinctive ability to orient themselves mid-air and land on their feet in many cases, it's not guaranteed. Cats can still sustain injuries from falls, especially from higher heights.


Black Cats Bring Bad Luck

Fact: This superstition has roots in various cultures and has led to black cats being associated with bad luck or witchcraft. As a result, black cats are sometimes avoided or mistreated, particularly around Halloween. In reality, a cats' fur colour has no bearing on its behaviour or the luck it brings, and black cats make wonderful pets just like any other colour.


One Year in a Dog's Life is Equivalent to Seven Human Years

Fact: Like the myth about pets aging seven years for every human year, this belief oversimplifies the aging process. Dogs age more rapidly in their early years and then gradually slow down. Additionally, different breeds age at different rates, with smaller breeds generally living longer than larger breeds.

Happy bunny
Healthy, balanced diet is important for rabbit pets


Pet rabbits eat mainly carrot-based diet

Fact: The myth that pet rabbits primarily eat carrots as their main food source is a common misconception perpetuated by popular culture, such as cartoons and movies. In reality, while rabbits can eat carrots as part of a balanced diet, they should not be the primary or sole food source.

Carrots are relatively high in sugar and should be fed to rabbits in moderation to prevent digestive issues and obesity. A diet consisting mainly of carrots can lead to nutrient imbalances and health problems for rabbits.

The mainstay of a rabbit's diet should be hay, specifically high-quality grass hay such as timothy, orchard, or brome hay. Hay provides essential fiber for digestive health and wears down a rabbit's continuously growing teeth. Additionally, rabbits should be given a variety of fresh vegetables, such as leafy greens (e.g., romaine lettuce, kale, parsley), and a small amount of pellets formulated specifically for rabbits to ensure they receive all necessary nutrients.

While carrots can be offered as an occasional treat or as part of a varied diet, they should not be relied upon as the primary food source for pet rabbits. It's important for rabbit owners to research and provide a balanced diet that meets their pet's nutritional needs to ensure their health and well-being.

Debunking these myths helps promote a better understanding of pets and their behaviour, leading to improved care and well-being for our animal companions.

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