4 legends about dogs and cats: are they true?

"Dogs that bark don't bite", "Cats always end up on their paws", "Dogs and cats don't like each other", "Dogs and cats only see black and white" - there are numerous myths and sayings like these about our animal ones Partner. But what is it about these legends? Often misunderstand - but can also sincerely like each other: Dogs and cats - Shutterstock / schubbel

Some of the well-known myths about dogs and cats are true, others are utter nonsense. Often there is something completely different behind the behavior of our animal friends than it seems. Below we 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 their lives - is that right? In fact, cats have an excellent sense of balance and are adept enough to reflexively get their paws towards the ground while falling. There are reports of cats that are said to have survived falls from special heights, such as the sixth floor of a building. But be careful: cats need a certain minimum height in order to land safely on their paws. One and a half meters should already be given so that the velvet paws have enough time to be able to turn into a safe landing position.

Incidentally, the fact that a cat almost always lands on its paws does not mean that it cannot injure itself. Too high heights - 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 secure your balcony carefully against possible falls of your fur nose.

2. Dogs that bark don't bite

A well-known saying that everyone has heard before. Unfortunately, the myth of a peaceful but barking dog is total nonsense. Neither can it be said in general that a barking dog bites, nor that it does not bite. Barking is part of dog language and can mean many things. Dogs bark for joy, among other things, when they draw attention to something or want to warn someone, when they drive or threaten rivals, or when they have been excited or frightened. Barking can mean a lot, but it doesn't guarantee that a loud dog won't bite. Dog language should always be viewed and interpreted in its entirety and in context.

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3. Dogs and cats don't like each other

It is a common assumption that dogs and cats dislike each other - the fur noses actually often get their hair in the hair. It is important to understand why this is so. Basically, it can be said that most animals generally do not like other animal species, although there are of course individual exceptions and occasionally unusual animal friendships between different and "hostile" animal species. Normally, however, the individual species eye each other skeptically. This is partly due to their different roles in evolution - in the wild, the different animal species mostly stay with each other.

Sometimes, however, dogs and cats literally don't understand each other because they "speak" different languages. Both types have a body language that is sometimes very opposite, which leads to misunderstandings in communication. But the animals can learn to interpret the other person's expressions correctly and then become friends. You can find out how to get the two brawlers used to each other in the guide: "Getting the dog and cat used to each other".

4. Dogs and cats only see black and white

That is wrong. Dogs and cats can perceive and distinguish less colors than humans, but 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 find out more about the color vision of dogs and cats in the guidebooks "Dog view: How do dogs see the world?" and "The cat's eyes: what can they see?".

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