Top 10 Common Pet Myths That We Somehow Believed

Posted by Amy Renken

Here are some common misconceptions about your pets. 

Whether you own a dog, cat, turtle, horse, or hamster - there's no doubt someone has mistakenly told you "facts" about your pet.

Ready to debunk some of the most common myths surrounding domestic animals?

Dogs' mouths are cleaner than humans.

The bacteria inside a dog's mouth is dog-specific so it won't harm humans - this is just commonly confused for being "cleaner." If you've ever watched your dog, you know that they put way dirtier things in their mouths than we (as humans) do.

Not to mention, they can usually be found licking their behind or eating poop.

** Note: Shallow depth of field

Cats always land on their feet.

While they often do land on their feet, they can still greatly injure themselves if they are falling from great heights. Despite their acrobatic tendencies, cats will not always land on their feet.

Flying Cat

Letting your dog out alone in the yard is enough exercise.

Have you ever watched what your dog does outside when you let them out there? If you're not with them, chances are they spend most of their time lounging around as they would prefer to be back inside near you.

Although they may do their business in your backyard, it's not likely they run around and get their daily exercise.

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Hamsters don't like to be held.

When you pick up your hamster, do they try to run all over your hands and get away? This doesn't mean they don't like to be held - they're just extremely active critters.

In fact, a hamsters body has two "states" - asleep and moving.

Djungarian hamster in the hands

Horses always sleep standing up.

Often times, you can find your horse sleeping while standing up. However, this is not the only way they sleep as they can lay down if they want to.

Horses can manage with little sleep for several days at a time, so they typically only lay down for some good ol' REM sleep for a couple hours every four to five days.

Sleeping gray horse at a hitching post

Dogs eat grass only if they're sick.

Dogs will sometimes eat grass if they aren't feeling well to induce vomiting.

However, more often than not, dogs just like to eat grass. Their ancestors used to feed on grass and berries which is likely where their taste for greens came from.

Labrador Retriever Puppy

Turtles don't require regular veterinary care.

You may think that getting yourself a turtle (or tortoise) will help you escape expensive vet bills - think again!

In fact, turtles have a very slow metabolism so they don't show signs of illness until it's progressed rather far and is usually considered severe.

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Cats only purr when they're happy.

While cats commonly purr when they are happy, it is not the only time they purr.

Purring is a noise your cat learns to make within 48 hours of birth; they can also purr when they are sick, in pain, or even dying. Purring may induce comfort but it is still a mystery as to why they make the noise.

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Dogs are colorblind.

Scientists who have studied the canine retina say that it indicates dogs can see several different colors - mostly yellows, blues and greens.

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Horses are just like dogs.

It's actually quite the contrary - horses couldn't be more different from dogs. The only similarity the two have are the fact that they are domesticated.

Otherwise, their eating habits are entirely opposite, training schedules are drastically different, all the way down to the fact that horses can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

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Now, next time someone tries to tell you your dog is sick because they're eating grass, you'll be able to give them the real facts!

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Top 10 Common Pet Myths That We Somehow Believed