Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Cat Health Myths Debunked! Guest Blog By Heather Reynolds At Trupanion Pet Insurance
There are many misconceptions out there about cat health, and I’ve heard a lot of them. While I am 100% behind a cat owner choosing what they feel is best for their cat, I wanted to dispel some of these myths for those of you who may be on the fence.
My cat is independent and can take care of himself/herself.
Some cats are very independent, yes. Sometimes that is what we love most about them. But even though they give the illusion that they can take care of themselves, they still rely on their human companions to give them wellness care. Regular evaluations and trips to the vet are necessary.
My cat is an indoor cat, so he/she doesn’t need to go to the vet.
Indoor cats are still exposed to organisms that are carried through the air or brought in on shoes or clothing. Recently, it has even been reported that some cat food is being recalled due to salmonella poisoning. And even the healthiest of cats can hurt themselves jumping from object to object, and sometimes it can be hard to determine when a cat is hurt. It is always a good idea to take a cat to the vet for wellness exams.
Cats always land on their feet, so I don’t really need to worry about them hurting themselves.
It is true that cats instinctively fall feet first, but they are not immune to hurting themselves in the process. They can still twist joints or even break bones in these falls. It is important to take preventative measure to keep your pet safe from falling from high ledges.
Purebred cats don’t have the same problems you hear about in purebred dogs.
Many cat breeds are prone to specific health issues, just like dogs. For example, the Himalayan cat is prone to alopecia (hair loss), epiphora (overflow of tears), and sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses); the Persian cat is prone to heart and kidney disease; and the Siamese cat is prone to cardiomyopathy (heart dysfunction) and respiratory difficulties.
Cats have nine lives.
This is a myth that originated in ancient times, based on cats’ keen senses that help keep them out of trouble. But unfortunately, our beloved cats only have one life, as do we all, and we need to help protect it as much as possible.
What do you think? Are there other myths out there we should be aware of?
Heather Reynolds is a pet lover and internet journalist at Trupanion, a pet insurance company. Feel free to contact her with any questions related to pet insurance at firstname.lastname@example.org.