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Pet Myths vs. Pet Facts – Debunking Some Common Animal Myths

Pet Myths vs. Pet Facts – Debunking Some Common Animal Myths

At Pet World, we love pet facts. With access to the Internet and the increase in pet stores world-wide, information about animals is readily available. However, many people might know some interesting information about their pet that is actually a myth. Today, we would like to set the record straight on a couple of the more common myths about our pets. You may or may not have heard these before, but we are hoping that after reading the information here, you will be able to help spread more accurate information about our furry friends.

At Pet World, we love pet facts. With access to the Internet and the increase in pet stores world-wide, information about animals is readily available. However, many people might know some interesting information about their pet that is actually a myth. Today, we would like to set the record straight on a couple of the more common myths about our pets. You may or may not have heard these before, but we are hoping that after reading the information here, you will be able to help spread more accurate information about our furry friends.

  • Myth: Dogs only wag their tails when happy. While dogs definitely wag their tails when showing they are happy, there are other reasons for a dog to wag his or her tail when communicating something else. Tail-wagging is an emotional response for a dog and can signify a range of emotions including being scared, apprehensive, annoyed, or excited. When you see a dog wag his or her tail, you will want to consider the bigger context in which it is happening.
  • Myth: A purring cat is a happy cat. Just like a dog wagging its tail, a cat may show you that he or she is happy by purring. Purring and kneading are often associated with feeding for a cat when it is a kitten eating with its mom. However, cats may also purr to show you that they are stressed, in pain, or scared. The act of purring has soothing qualities for a cat and a mother cat will often purr to calm down her kittens when they are frightened. Cats certainly purr when happy, but purring can be associated with other emotions as well.
  • Myth: Rabbits eat a ton of carrots. Typically, rabbits do in fact like carrots and will readily eat them when provided. However, carrots are very high in sugar and so feeding them to your pet rabbit on a regular basis can be bad for his or her health. The best thing to do is to save carrots as a treat on special occasions for your rabbit, and to feed them the green carrot tops or other green veggies instead.
  • Myth: Dogs are colorblind. In fact, dogs are not completely colorblind. Research has shown that they have receptors in their eyes for blue and green shades of color, allowing them to distinguish between blue, purple, and gray easily. However, a dog’s vision is similar to humans who are red-green colorblind, making it difficult for him or her to distinguish between yellow, green, and red colors. A dog’s eyesight is also impacted by the brightness, motion, and contrast of what he or she is seeing. 
  • Myth: Hamsters love living with other hamsters. Hamsters are often thought of as a great first pet for children, because they can be small and friendly. While this is true, there are individual and breed differences in personality just like with any other animal. Some hamsters do live well together in a single cage, however, this is not true for all hamsters. One example involves Syrian hamsters that are very territorial and can become aggressive if housed with other hamsters. Some breeds are fine living together, but you will always want to use a slow socialization process to make sure that they get along. 

Animals are so fun to learn about. When learning about animals, you always want to double-check what might be a myth and what is fact. Caring for a pet can be a lot of work, but getting to know more about your pet is great fun.

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