Myth Busters About Cats
What do you know about cats? Not all of the information that you hear is accurate, so we are here to debunk some of the most common misconceptions about feline friends.
- Cats are aloof and do not get along with other pets, including dogs.
- You cannot train a cat.
- It’s expensive to adopt a cat from the Dumb Friends League.
TRUTH: Many cats can be great companions for dogs, other cats and the entire family.
Cats are capable of getting along with other pets, including dogs. Most cats do enjoy company—whether it’s with another cat, dog or human.
You’ll see how true this is when you visit our shelters. Some of our cats reside in cat colonies, where they interact with other cats 24 hours a day. Also, when cats are relinquished to us, we specifically ask whether they have a history with other pets, and we pass that information along to you.
TRUTH: Cats can be trained and learn tricks!
It’s a common belief that cats can train you, but you cannot train them. That simply is not true! Cats are intelligent, and many can be easily trained, just like dogs and other animals. You can teach them tricks, such as “sit” and “high five,” and certainly can train them in simpler tasks like not jumping on countertops or furniture.
It is never too late to start training your cat. In addition to building his confidence, it strengthens the bond between the two of you.
In general, animals respond well to positive reinforcement training techniques. The most important element in training is for you to be consistent, patient and understanding.
Learn more about cat behavior and training.
TRUTH: You get a great deal when you adopt a cat from the Dumb Friends League.
The value you receive from the adoption package at our shelters exceeds $500. In addition to the lifelong pal you are taking home, the fee includes spay or neuter surgery, microchip ID implant, initial vaccinations and a medical examination for general good health. Also, you get a temporary collar and ID tag, 15-day post-adoption health support, behavior advice from trained counselors, and a free office visit to a participating member of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society.
Adopting rather than purchasing a pet means that you'll give a second chance to a four-legged friend that needs YOU...and you'll be making room at our shelters for another homeless animal.