The common house cat has gone from a sort of secondary pet to being the focus of many a pet owners' life in a single generation. This is probably because they're easier to keep in a city than any other kind of animal.
However, despite their popularity as pets, most people don't actually know very much about our feline friends. We think it's time that changed. Not because it will make the cats feel better about themselves (is that even possible?) but because they're so darned interesting.
Come and take a look at these curious cat facts, you're going to love them.
1. Your Cat Does Recognize Your Voice
Cats have been shown to be excellent at recognizing their owner's voice. The trouble is that cats are perfectly happy to ignore you when it suits them. So, yes your cat may be ignoring you.
2. Your Cat Thinks It Owns You
Your cat isn't being affectionate when it rubs up against you, it's leaving its scent to explain to the world that it owns you.
3. You Didn't Kill Cats In Ancient Egypt
Cats were sacred animals to the ancient Egyptians. Killing one was a serious a crime. The fact that they helped keep rats out of grain was a bonus.
4. Your Cat Is Very Clever
Cats may have small brains, but there's no indication this makes them stupid. In fact, a cat's brain is highly efficient and does a lot more thinking than you might believe.
5. The United States Loves Cats More Than Dogs
They may make a lot of noise about being a nation of dog owners, but there are 8 million more cats in America than there are dogs.
6. Your Cat Is Sleepy On Purpose
A cat is designed to hunt and kill prey. This takes a lot of energy, so when it's not hunting, a cat is programmed to sleep to conserve energy. Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.
7. You Frustrate Your Cat's Attempts To Talk To You
Cats do meow to talk to other cats. However, they also meow to try and talk to you. It's not their fault that you don't understand what they say.
8. Your Cat May Help Your Love Life
Single guys who own cats have been shown to do better in the dating game than guys who don't have a cat. We have no idea why this is true.
9. Your Cat May Not Appreciate A Glass Of Milk
Cats are, more often than not, actually lactose intolerant and a glass of milk can badly upset their stomachs. So, think twice before giving them milk.
10. Your Cat Is A Serious Sprinter
Cats when running at full pelt can hit speeds of as much as 31 miles per hour. Your cat is, in fact, a better sprinter than Carl Lewis ever was.
11. Your Cat Is Not As Rich As This Cat
There's a cat in Italy with a $13 million fortune. That's because when his 94-year-old owner died, she left him everything in her will.
12. Your Cat Is Not As Political An Animal As Stubbs Is
Stubbs is not just a cat, he's the mayor of Talkeetna in Alaska. He must be doing OK because he's been reelected several times and has served 19 years in office.
13. Your Cat Doesn't Like Candy
Cats are designed to eat meat and lots of it. You cannot keep a cat on a vegetarian diet without killing it. Strangely, they cannot taste sweet flavors because meat doesn't come in sweet flavors, so they didn't evolve taste buds to handle sugar.
14. Your Cat Can Talk Quite A Lot
Cats can be loud when they howl, but you'd be amazed to learn that they can make 100 distinct sounds during a howling session. They talk a lot.
15. Your Cat Chose To Move In With You
Well, technically your cat's great-great-great... grandparents did. Humans may have domesticated dogs, but cats appear to have domesticated themselves. They turned up to take advantage of the rats that human settlements attract and decided to stick around ever since.
Cats surely are amazing creatures. We wonder what else there is that we don't know about them, yet.
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