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The Truth About Cats and Dogs
The Truth About Cats and Dogs


(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

When it comes to dogs and cats, myths abound, but you can be wise to their ways if you follow a few facts.

“The problem with myths is that pet owners who act on misinformation may not best meet the needs of their dog or cat,” said American Kennel Club (AKC) Meet the Breeds spokesperson Gina DiNardo.

To separate fact from fiction, the AKC and The International Cat Association set the record straight on some of the most well-known myths:

Cats need milk — False. While cats like the taste, their bodies don’t have much lactase and milk can give adult cats diarrhea.

Dogs are sick when their noses are warm — False. It’s an old wives tale that cold, wet noses indicate health. The only way to tell your dog’s temperature is to take it with a thermometer.

Cats smell with their mouths — True. Cats have a small scent gland called the vomeronasal organ on the roof of their mouth. To get a really good whiff of something, they’ll open their mouths very wide so the odor hits the gland.

A dog’s wagging tail means he’s happy — False. While a natural, mid-level wagging tail indicates happiness, most other wags mean the opposite. A high, stiff wagging tail means the dog is agitated and ready to protect something and a low, quick wag means the dog is scared and submissive.

A cat purrs when he’s happy — False. A cat does purr when content but will also purr when in pain.


(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Connection-Programs-inc-Marilla-NY/114420508616511?ref=ts. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)


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