Friday, January 4, 2019

Fun Facts About Cats That You Probably Didn't Know

I've had cats in my life ever since I can remember and my what truly fascinating animals they really are. Regardless of the whole dog vs. cat thing, they are both different and unique and that is why I love them both. You could argue that cats are more intelligent, less demanding and easier to look after themselves, but if you've watched a cat for any length of time; you can surely appreciate how majestic and wonderful they are? In this blog post I will be running through some fun facts about cats, which hopefully you didn't know before!

Did you know that if you killed a cat in Egypt 4000 years ago you would be killed by the death penalty? As an avid animal lover, I would be keen to ensure harsher punishments for animal abusers and killers in today's world; perhaps not killing offenders because don't believe in an eye for an eye, but do believe in justice, don't you?

Has your cat ever made a myriad of weird noises? That is because a cat is capable of producing up to 100 different vocal sounds, as opposed to a dog, who can usually manage about 10.

Before things such as weather forecasts, or perhaps when Michael Fish was forecasting! people used to predict the weather based on whether their cat was grooming him or herself. In warm and hotter weather, cats will lick themselves to cool down, whereas on the contrary, in colder months they smooth the coat in order to provide themselves with more insulation, thus keeping themselves warmer.

Again going back to the Ancient Egypt, when a family cat died, members of the entire family would shave off their eyebrows, plus not only that they would mummify them and embalm them. Now that is a committed animal lover, don't you think?

I don't know whether you find that your cat sleeps a lot? I have a seven month old kitten that literally wants to sleep continuously, but sleeping for a cat is normal. It's not unrealistic to say that a cat will sleep approximately 70% of their lives,  which if you are any good at maths will equate to 13 or 16 hours per day. But for some reason they always want to get out of the bedroom at 4am in the morning or as you are just settling down for the night, don't they?

We've all heard of the first man in space but have you ever heard of the first cat that went to space? It was back in 1963, a cat called Felicette, went up on October 18th. Not only is he the first cat to go to space, but the only cat to go to space. Unsure why they thought that was a good idea, but the cat made history didn't it? Felicette also survived the trip as well and had great pleasure telling his friends. 

Going back to my kitten, Missy, she is so adorable and lovely one minute, but then decides to get all spiky and scatty by zooming around the room, jumping at imaginary things, running so fast I think she is not going to be able to stop. Well, apparently they can reach speeds of up to 30mph, that is impressive, right? At that speed, they could give Usain Bolt a run for his money!

To me a cat is a cat, whether it is a moggie or a pedigree breed rightly or wrongly, but Persians are the most common Pedigree Cat in the UK. Siamese are second in the list. Generally speaking, though, your average moggie is likely to be stronger, healthier and more robust than their pedigree counterparts. They are likely to live longer and have far fewer health problems. 

I bet you do not know this little fact right here though! Disneyland has on average 200 cats on their books to hunt for mice and keep vermin down. These cats are not actually employed by Disneyland but have taken to their parks well after discovering an abundance of food sources in the number of mice, and probably rats, at the parks. 

Cats really are the cats whiskers aren't they? The whiskers serve many a purpose, quite important purposes too, as well as finishing off the look of the face, they also do many a function.  Cats use them to determine if they can get through a gap, sense vibrations, give important information to the cat about nearby prey and navigate their environment. Damn! I need some whiskers! Gosh, did I just say that out loud? 

Ever wondered how a cat can climb so high and not get down? Wondered why so many cats get stuck up trees? Well, the answer is that cats cannot climb down head first, it's to do with the way the claws angle, meaning they can only climb down bottom first. This would explain the amount of calls to the fire brigade due to cats stuck in trees wouldn't it? 

It might be me but the higher the fall, the more painful it is going to be isn't it? Not if you are a cat. A cat is far more likely to survive a bigger fall than a shorter fall and the reason being, they have longer to adjust their bodies as they turn in the air, which if they fall from a greater height, it gives them more chance of landing on their feet. So it might not have anything to do with having nine lives or the cat being Houdini! 

In the UK there are thought to be eight million cats kept as pets, but still come second to dogs. This doesn't account for stray cats though. 

I bet you think that when your cat brings you a dead bird, mouse or whatever that it is a gift for you? Think again there my friend. They do it to show off their hunting abilities, to show they are better than you, that they have what it takes to be the best. Think you really need to up the commitment here, don't you? 

Simply put, do not give your cat milk as most cats cannot deal with lactose. 

It goes without saying that cats simply are wonderful, they know how to play us, how to love us and sometimes how to annoy us but we love them don't we? Each one has a unique personality and spirit and is so vastly different from the next cat. Hope you've enjoyed these fun facts about cats, it's been fun. Until next time, have fun. 

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