ThinkstockCats are the most popular pet in the United States; they are intelligent, affectionate and mysterious creatures. Despite this popularity - and perhaps because of their air of mystery - there are many misconceptions about cats that cause both social and physical problems for these animals.
Here are seven common-but-false assumptions about felines - and the truth behind them.
1. Kittens and cats raise themselves and don't need training.
False. Cats have a socialization period during the first weeks of life, falling between 2 and 7 weeks of age, where they learn about their environment and what is "safe" and "unsafe." This is the key time to help your cat adapt to his environment and build bonds with others. There are even kitten socialization classes that can help your young cat build confidence and increase his sociability.
See Also: Dog Adopts Paralyzed Cat
False. Separation can be stressfulRead More »from 7 Common Cat Myths Decoded