5 cat myths debunked

Cats may be mysterious but that doesn't mean you should believe everything you hear about them.

Cats are mysterious, but don't believe everything you hear. Learn fact from fiction so your feline can live a long and healthy life. Here are five myths about cats that you shouldn't believe.

1. Cats have nine lives
Pop culture is partly to blame for this mix-up, as many baby boomers and millennials grew up watching Sylvester the cat die and come back to life in the show "Looney Tunes." In real life, cats only have one life. 

2. Cats don't need the vet
More than half of the cats in the U.S. haven't seen a vet over the past year. That's because some people think felines don't need check ups. The truth is that adult cats should frequent the vet once every six months to a year.

3. Cats are evil
The world is divided into two groups: cat people and dog people. Some belonging to the latter group seem to think that cats are inherently evil, however, there isn't any research to backup the assertion.

4. Cats can't swim
Animal Planet confirmed that some felines, specifically the Turkish Van cat, love being in the water. If you're wondering if your feline fancies the water, you can tell by seeing how she reacts to rainstorms and baths. 

5. House cats can't get fleas
They can. Give your kitty a Hartz® flea and tick treatment to prevent parasites.

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