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Published: Apr 18, 2011

Some people may have misconceptions about felines and their owners. While the description of "crazy old cat ladies" has become part of the U.S. public's collective consciousness, a recent survey of non-cat owners shows that this perception, as well as many others, doesn't hold water, according to Global Animal.

The survey, which was sponsored by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF), the American Pet Products Association and Maddie's Fund, found that many people feel cats have negative pet behavior, such as biting, scratching and jumping on counters and tables.

"Interestingly, the primary negative factors for not owning a cat can be readily addressed with appropriate behavioral training, scratching posts and specific diets," president and CEO of MAF Dr. Patricia N. Olson told the news source. "If people had a better understanding of feline health and behavior, they might be more willing to adopt a cat."

Fortunately, 10 percent of non-cat owners said they would consider adopting a cat. Many people identified positive traits among cats, such as their playful demeanor and their ability to make people smile.

According to the Humane Society, around 33 percent of U.S. households own at least one cat, and more than half of feline guardians own at least two.