Myth # 1:
Cats always land on their feet:
This is false... 
Many cats have been dropped by unknowledgeable owners and children and their cat did not land on their feet, especially ragdolls. These cats suffered injuries, some resulting even in death. 

Myth # 2:
Cats love milk:
This is false...
Cats are lactose intolerant.  Once kittens are weaned from their mothers they can no longer tolerate milk products.  They might like the sweet taste, but feeding a cat milk can cause diarrhea. If left untreated diarrhea can lead to dehydration and that can result in death.  Cats can become dehydrated very easily.

Myth # 3

Cats can see in the dark:
This is false...
Contrary to popular belief, cats cannot see in the dark, that is, they cannot see in pitch blackness.  A cat's eye works much like a human's.  When there is bright light, the pupil gets smaller to restrict the amount of light entering the eye; when it is darker, the pupil expands to allow in the maximum amount of light.  The pupils in a cat's eyes open much wider than a human's, which means more light enters the eye in dimly lit conditions.  This means that cats can see better than humans in lower light levels, but they cannot see in complete darkness.








Why do cat's eyes glow in the dark?

Just behind the cat's retina is a membrane known as the tapetum lucidum, which consists of up to 15 layers of special cells that reflect the light.  When a light is shone into the cat's eyes, it is reflected by the tapetum, which is a greenish-yellow color.  It is this reflection that can be seen when a cat's eyes glow green or gold in the dark.  Humans do not have this membrane, but most mammals do.  Wouldn't it be something if we had eyes that glowed?

Myth # 4
Cats have 9 lives:
This is false...
Once a cat dies, it will not come back to life.  This myth was derived from the fact that cats are very curious and sometimes even cheat death.  You must have heard the saying:  "curiousity killed the cat."


Cat Facts & Myths