Fascinating Facts About Cats

Cats makes for one of the best pets to be with at home. Since long cats have co-existed and thrived with humans and helped humans get rid of scorpions, lizards, mice and other pests. Did you know that cat hunts over a thousand species for food? Read on to know more such interesting and fascinating facts about cats.
| Friday, April 03, 2009
Many people fancy cats as their pets simply because of their good looks, their ability to be dangerous predators against nasty little animals that crawl in our homes and their ability to show love. A recent estimate shows that cats are one of the most popular pets in the world and found in about 600 million homes. Here are some more interesting facts about cats:
  • There are hundreds of different types and species of cats. Some of them are Aegean, Balinese, Birman, Himalayan, Persian, Siberian, Korat, Russian, Siamese, etc. The largest known cat breed is the Ragdoll and the smallest is supposed to be the Singapura.
  • For communication cat makes use of different sounds such as meowing, purring, hissing, squeaking and grunting. They are known to get things done effectively with these sounds so be it letting humans know of something, fighting with their likes or mating.
  • Cats can find it difficult to find the treats you throw them at their feet because cats cannot directly see whats below their nose.
  • Cats have protractible claws. Normally, the claws are sheathed under their skin but used whenever they need to hunt or defend themselves. Most cats have five claws
  • Generally, cats have five claws in their front paws, and four or five can be found on their rear paws. However, some cats have more toes and hence more claws.
  • Since cats are one of the most effective predators, they have highly advanced eyesight, hearing, touch and taste senses.
  • Cats have the ability to see more effectively at night than humans, however their day sight is not as good.
  • Cats are known to sleep a lot than most other animals. This helps them retain their energy for hunting. Some cats can sleep at a stretched period of about 20 hrs.
  • A cat's heart is known to beat twice as that of a human heart. The heart beat rate of a cat when at rest is between 150 and 180 bpm, while that of a human on an average is about 80 bpm.
  • Cats are a hungry lot, they cannot tolerate hunger for more than 30-35 hrs and hunger may cause liver damage to them.
  • Cats are known to eat grass, leaves or shrubs when at bad stomach or indigestion.
  • Cats may express their sincere affection and love towards human if they are treated like wise since they were kittens.
  • Cats are also known to have their own territories just like a dog have. A violator can take a sure beating or chased away. Cats don't like if other cats try to claim their space and make certain sounds like hissing and growling to express anger; attacks follow the sounds if the other cat doesn't obey.
  • Mating is sort of a funny activity within cats. Males fight for their right to mate and usually the tougher one wins. Initially cats, don't allow males to mate but eventually they do allow it. Cats make certain noises like yowling during mating. After mating, female cats clean themselves and if at this point a male tries to breed, the female may reciprocate by an instant attack.
  • Cats are very peculiar about their self-hygiene and like to keep themselves clean. The keep themselves clean by licking their body. Their saliva acts as a good cleaning agent.
  • Scratching is a normal behavior with cats and this is done to stretch, remove worn sheath or mark their territories.
  • Cats are known to understand human moods and tend to react accordingly. They are known when we get angry or are happy and reciprocate accordingly.
  • Meowing is a normal activity for cats when they want your attention or are hungry.
  • A cat's body temperature is slightly warmer than humans.
  • Cats prefer that they are served food at room temperatures and may refuse to eat if the food is too cold or too hot.
  • Cats are known to be socially active during mornings and evenings. This is the best time that they are in a playful mood.
  • Household items such as boric acid, aspirin, dye, diet pills, gasoline, hair colors, insecticides, kerosene, nail polish, alcohol, etc. can be very toxic to cats and should be kept away safely from them.
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