Top 10 Myths About Household Pets

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6. Contracting toxoplasmosis is inevitable if you have a pet

While it is true that there is a chance for pregnant women to contract this dangerous condition, you should also know that it can easily be avoided. The primary source of infection is the cat’s feces, so you can either ask another family member to handle the litter during your pregnancy or you can utilize latex gloves for the task. In other words, there is no reason to go as far as to abandon your cat.

 

7. Pets giving birth are the best way of educating children on the subject

You should consider the animal overpopulation issue before you jump to this conclusion. While this does not go to say that you should not allow your pet to have puppies/kittens when you cannot afford to keep them, there are better ways of teaching children about birth when you plan on abandoning/giving them away them soon after. There are numerous books and magazines on this topic, so utilizing them is certainly a more responsible gesture.

 

8. Your pet could suffer a myocardial infarction from overexcitement

The heart of the dog or the cat does not have the same structure as its human counterpart. Therefore, it is not predisposed to the same type of problems, including myocardial infarctions, better known as heart attacks. However, in the case of dogs, there are certain issues that can occur, such as heart failures or valvular diseases. The first indicators for these conditions comprise of coughing or difficulties in breathing shortly following physical effort. When you notice these symptoms, you should immediately take your pet to the veterinarian because the condition could be fatal in the absence of the correct treatment.

 

9. Crate training is nothing short of animal cruelty

In fact, a quick look at the dog’s evolution as pets will show you that originally these animals were kept in dens. The ancestral memory of the specie determines the dog to view the crate as its own personal den, his private refuge. Because the dog will never leave urine or feces in its den, the crate constitutes the perfect housebreaking method. It is true that they are reluctant to the crate at first, but after a while they will grow to enjoy it. However, various dog races necessitate different crate training procedures, so be sure to apply the most viable one in your case.

 

10. Cats and babies do not mix well

This myth comes from an ancient superstition that suggested the cats are draining the life of the baby. And the superstition probably originates from the fact that the cat sniffs out the milk scent on the lips of the infants, which draws their attention and they sometimes proceed to licking the baby. As silly as this may be, you should know that once the child is big enough to crawl around and grab things, you will need to supervise both him and the cat in order to prevent potential injuries but other than that, these both beings can get along pretty well!

 

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