14 Common “Facts” About Cats That Are Actually False

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Milk is a great treat for cats

 Old tabby cat drinks milk from a cup.Lightspruch/Shutterstock

Just like some humans, cats can be lactose intolerant. Even though cats are often associated with milk, you should never feed your cat milk. "All mammals are born with the ability to digest their mother's milk because their bodies contain the enzyme lactase which breaks down the lactose protein," says Dawn LaFontaine, a cat shelter volunteer, cat blogger, and founder of Cat in the Box. "Once a kitten is weaned, however, her gut stops producing this enzyme." Feeding your cat milk can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. Here's more of the science behind why cats shouldn't drink milk.

It's OK to leave cats at home alone for a long weekend

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Many people misjudge cats as "loners" and think that if you set them up with an automatic feeder and enough water that you can leave them home alone for a few days. They can get separation anxiety just like dogs do, says Galaxy. They crave attention and having their family around even though they may not show it in the most obvious way. These are some ways your cat secretly shows affection.

A purring cat equals a happy cat

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If your cat is curled up next to you purring while you scratch their head that is typically a sign that they are very content. However, when a cat purrs it can mean a lot more than just happiness. "Cats purr when they are frightened and when they're threatened. They purr in pain, when they're injured, in labor and even when they are near death," says LaFontaine. Here's how you can determine what your cat's purr means.

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