This Video Debunks 10 Misconceptions About Pets

This Video Debunks 10 Misconceptions About Pets

You’ve probably heard a lot of “facts” about dogs, cats and other popular pets, but many are exaggerated or untrue. This video clears up 10 popular myths and old wives’ tales so you can be the best pet owner you can be.

Elliott Morgan breaks down the biggest misconceptions about our furry — and scaled — friends in the video above from the Mental Floss YouTube channel. You’ll get the skinny on how there aren’t really hypoallergenic pets, dog mouths aren’t actually cleaner than ours, rabbits aren’t short-term pets, cats might be allergic to milk to fish (so don’t give it to them), and that putting a dog in a yard doesn’t mean it will exercise. Break out the leash, people, and get walkin’. Whether you’re a cat or dog person, owning a pet is a big responsibility, so it’s important you have correct information about them.

Misconceptions about Pets [YouTube]


  • The misconceptions, for people who can’t watch the video:

    1. There are hypoallergenic dogs. (All dogs carry the main allergen. Scientists don’t know if the same is true for cats.)
    2. Dogs see in black and white. (Tested by Russian scientists, dogs were able to distinguish colour in around 70% of tests.)
    3. You should give your cat milk. (It’s not essential to their diet and many cats are lactose intolerant.)
    4. Cat food and fish are interchangeable. (Don’t give your cat fish, it’s the third biggest allergen for cats.)
    5. A goldfish only grows to the size of its bowl. (It’s more the temperature of the water and quality of the food and environment that affects their size.)
    6. A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth. (We both have tons of bacteria, dogs just have different types than we do, which are less likely to cause human diseases.)
    7. Cats always land on their feet. (It’s a conscious action, not some mystical auto-righting ability. If they’re stunned it won’t happen.)
    8. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. (No explanation needed. Of course they can, and they’ll probably enjoy it.)
    9. If you leave a dog outside it will exercise itself. (Most dogs just sit around or don’t really exercise much in yards. Take your dog for walks.)
    10. Rabbits are short term commitments. (A well-cared-for rabbit can live up to 12 years.)

  • One that is true: Don’t feed your dogs chocolate, because then they will proceed to vomit it all through the house (and on the couch!), eat it back up again, vomit it up some more, and then cost you a fortune in vet fees when they need vomit inducing drugs and then iv fluids with an overnight stay in doggie hostpital

    • only SOME dogs can’t have chocolate, my old dog stole the kids chocolate and ate it, it was a whole easter bunny, and wasn’t sick.
      he was taken to the vet and that is what they said, not all dogs suffer from chocolate

      • Nope, it’s toxic to all dogs, it just that toxicity varies according to type of chocolate and size of dog. White Choc contains Zero Cocoa and is alright but from there toxicity rises as cocoa content rises. Larger dogs need to consume more cocoa for the same effect but it is still toxic to them.

        • Probably fair to say that theobromine is toxic to all mammals, but the dosage varies.
          Big dog and some milk chocolate – maybe not so much as an issue as a smaller dog eating dark/cooking chocolate.
          You can buy “dog chocolate” with the theobromine removed, but my experience is that it’s a gateway drug to your dog looking to get hold of the real stuff – off the street, off the table or from garbage.

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