By Olivia Cantor on March 10, 2018
While cats were not the first animal that humans domesticated, they are one of the most popular. Except for those souls who are unfortunate enough to be allergic to these beautiful balls of fur, most people can benefit from having a cat in their home. It keeps the rodent population away, it provides love and companionship, and it sounds the alarm in case of burglary or fire. Having a cat in the house with kids also helps to boost their immune systems and thus reduce the incidence of allergies and asthma, plus it helps to teach children how to care for someone other than themselves, which is a win for everyone (especially the cat). For those whose allergies or lifestyles don't permit them to have a cat at home, they can still enjoy cats vicariously thanks to the magic of the internet, which provides an endless plethora of cute pictures, funny or touching videos, and gifs that just get better with each loop.
All that said, people often don't actually know that much about cats. Sure, there is some received wisdom -- they always land on their feet, they have nine lives, and they love fish and hate water -- but is any of it true? Let's find out if you know the answer!