The Most Common Pet-Related Myths People Still Believe

Do you consider yourself an animal expert because you have a pet? There’s a lot of misinformation out there and 92% of pet parents still believe myths about their furry friends, according to new research.

A survey of 2-thousand cat and dog owners conducted by OnePoll with Stella & Chewy’s highlights some of the most common pet-related myths people believe.

  • While 68% of dog parents think a wagging tail is always a sign of happiness, it can also show interest and alertness.
  • Another 38% also believe a cold, wet nose means a dog is healthy, but it can also just be from a dog licking it, which can improve their sense of smell.
  • When it comes to cats, 42% of their owners falsely believe their feline can see in total darkness, when the reality is that they can see in very low light, but not complete darkness.
  • And 41% of cat parents believe cats always land on their feet, even though that ability can be affected by their overall health and wellness.
  • Another common myth is that all people food is bad for cats, with 30% of cat owners believing cats shouldn’t eat human food. However, there is some human food that’s safe for cats to eat.
  • While 29% of cat owners believe that cats enjoy milk, a lot of cats are actually lactose intolerant.
  • Plenty of pet parents give their animal human food, but dog owners are more likely to do so (77% compared to 54% of cat owners.)
  • Just over a quarter (28%) of dog parents think homemade pet foods are healthier for dogs than store-bought food, but the fact is, homemade foods can lack necessary nutrients.

Source: SWNS Digital

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