These feline creatures are more closer to humans biologically than dogs are. There’s so much to cats that cat owners have no idea about. Here some amazing facts about cats.
The brain of a cat is 90% similar to that of a human being. We have more similarities with them than with dogs.
Susceptible to disorders
Cats are susceptible to more than 250 inherited disorders, many of them very similar to those that humans suffer from. These include retinitis pigmentosa, a visual disease that can lead to blindness if not treated correctly. They can also suffer from the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, which is similar to HIV, as well as their own version of Alzheimer’s, in addition to obesity.
Cat purring is not always happy
There is a belief that when a cat purrs it is because it is happy, and this is true on many occasions. However, cats also emit this sound at painful or stressful times such as during birth, when they are sick, when they are injured, among other situations not exactly positive for them. Some scientists have suggested that purring can also be a communication mechanism, a source of self-healing.
Worshipped in Egypt
In Ancient Egypt cats were worshiped and the abduction or sale of these animals was punished with death, as their work as rat hunters was highly valued.
Always know the way home
A very interesting fact about cats is that the nervous systems of cats are endowed with a type of orientation that allows them to return to their respective homes from anywhere.
Cat in space
The first cat sent to space was a French cat named Felicette (also known as “Astrocat”). It was sent to space in 1963. She was able to survive the trip.
Sounds of cats
It is fact about cats that they are able to produce 100 different sounds, while dogs approximately only produce 10.
When their water containers aren’t comfortable
Maybe you have never noticed this fact about cats, but sometimes, cats instead of taking water directly from their bowl, cats prefer to wet their paws and lick the liquid from them. This strange behavior may be due to the fact that certain containers are uncomfortable because, when they try to drink, they rub on their long whiskers, which are very sensitive structures. This change in pressure can stress them, so they opt for this curious B plan to drink. They also resort to it when the water level is very low.
Cats are older than dogs
Cats appeared on Earth before dogs and many animals that have become domestic, but have been one of the last to be domesticated.
Cats were family in Egypt
In Ancient Egypt, if a family cat died, all members of the family would shave their eyebrows in mourning for the death of the family cat. In fact, the Egyptian word for cat is “mau”.
Cats only meow at humans
The meow of the cats is possibly the sign that they are around, but you will be amazed this fact about cats that they do not use the meows to communicate with others of their species, but they use them to communicate with the human beings.
The cats, generally, are right-handed, just like humans.
The nostrils of a cat have 19 million nerve endings. The humans only have about 5 million.
Can’t taste sweets
Cats do not have taste buds for sweet things. Hence, this is why they don’t respond to sweet treats that dogs love so much.
Cats sleep for 2/3rd of the day. That is, the cats sleep an average of 16 hours.
Cats can travel at the top speed of 31 mph (49 km) but only for short distances.
Can’t drink milk
Cats, over the years, become lactose intolerant. As per researches, this is also the case for humans.
Better memory than dogs
Cats have more long-term memory than dogs, especially when they learn something by doing it.
Cats sweat through their legs.
Cats can jump up to 6 times of their own length/ height.
Most people do not know that the bite of a cat can be very harmful, because it transmits a bacterial infection called ” Pasteurella Multocida “, very harmful to the organism. It is cured with penicillin, but if it is not treated in time, it can compromise the immune system.
A cat has the ability to change its meow to get what it wants. It can even imitate a baby’s crying to get food.
Highly rotary ears
Cats have 36 muscles in each ear and function as parabolic antennas, directing them towards the sound source. And they can rotate them 180º. They can also be moved separately.
Cats love human voice
Cats love to hear the sound of the human voice , especially when their names are pronounced, so talk to your pet as much as you can. Also, it is a fact that cats obey women better because they perceive sharp sounds better.
The hearing ability of cats is amazing. They are capable of hearing sounds at 64 kHz. We can hear maximum sounds of 20 kHz.
Cats like to scratch vertical objects because it relaxes them, activates circulation and tones up their body.
Black cats bring bad luck in many parts of the world, but in Australia and the United Kingdom it is just the opposite.
Cat whistling is aggressive
Cats whistle to protect themselves and show that they are dangerous. This behavior is also seen in some snakes. And this is not the only resemblance they have with these reptiles. Cats, have an organ that enhances their sense of smell. It’s called the Jacobson’s organ. It is located between the nose and the mouth. This is why cats keeps their mouth open often. It helps them smell better.
A belly cat up is synonymous of confidence and a sense of security in cats.
The nose of the cats is unique in each individual, just like the fingerprints in humans.
The tongue of the cats is formed by small hooks that help them to tear the food. That’s why it feels rough to the touch.
Whiskers are important
The whiskers of cats serve as an indicator of space. They use them to measure the distance with another object and to orient themselves.