"Dogs that bark, do not bite, " "Cats always land on their paws, " "Dogs and cats do not like each other, " "Dogs and cats only see black and white" - there are many myths and sayings like these about our animal ones Partner. But what about those legends?
Some of the known myths about dogs and cats are true, others are utter nonsense. Often, something quite different is behind the behavior of our animal friends than it seems. In the following, we will take care of the four "truths" mentioned above.
1. Cats always land on their paws
When cats fall, they always land on their four paws and get away with it - is that true? In fact, cats have a great sense of balance and are clever enough to reflexively paw their feet while falling. So there are reports of cats, the crashes from special heights, about the sixth floor of a building to have survived. But beware: Cats need a certain minimum height to land safely on their paws. One and a half meters should already be given so that the velvet paws have enough time to turn into a safe landing position.
By the way, the fact that a cat almost always lands on its paws does not mean that it can not hurt itself. Too high altitudes - for example, from the balcony on the fourth floor - are dangerous for cats either way and can lead to broken bones or worse injuries. Therefore always protect your balcony against possible falls of your fur nose.
2. Dogs that bark do not bite
A well-known saying that surely everyone has heard before. Unfortunately, the myth of the peaceful, but barking dog is total nonsense. It can not be said that a barking dog bites nor that it bites. Barking is part of the dog language and can mean many things. Dogs bark, among other things, for the joy of alerting or warning someone when they drive away or threatening rivals, or even when excited or frightened. Barking can mean a lot, but does not guarantee that a noisy dog will not bite. The dog language should always be considered and interpreted in its entirety and context.
3. Dogs and cats do not like each other
It is a widespread assumption that dogs and cats do not like each other - the fur noses often get into the hair. It is important to understand why this is so. Basically it can be said that most animals generally do not like other species, with individual exceptions and sometimes unusual animal friendships between different and "hostile" species. Normally, however, the individual species are skeptical. This is partly due to their different roles in evolution - in the wild, the different species usually remain with each other.
In part, however, dogs and cats often do not understand each other because they "speak" different languages. Both types have a partly strongly opposite body language, which leads to misunderstandings in the communication. But the animals can learn to interpret the expressions of the other correctly and then become quite friends. How to get used to each other, you will learn in the guidebook: "Dog and cat get used to each other".
4. Dogs and cats only see black and white
That's wrong. Although dogs and cats can perceive and distinguish less colors than humans, they can still see colors. Dogs and cats mainly see the spectral range from yellow to green and blue. Red is hidden from them. You can read more about the color vision of dogs and cats in the guidebooks "Hundeblick: How do dogs see the world?" and "The cat's eyes: what can they see?".