Eight Surprising Facts About Cats
Examination of cats is our favorite area of science. We’ve rounded up cute facts about our feline companions, from whether they like you to how they use their whiskers. So get to know these 8 real facts about cats that have been scientifically proven.
1: Gradually stare to get friendly with cats
Researchers have found that staring is the best way to bond with cats. In a review by the Universities of Portsmouth and Sussex, experts found that the method, which mimics a cat’s smile, known as a “slow blink”, appears to help construct human-cat relationships.
“Try staring at them with a casual smile, then close your eyes for two or three seconds. You’ll notice that their responses are similar and you can start arguing.”
The review found that cats had to slowly wink at their owners after their owners watched them slowly, unlike when they were not communicating imaginatively in any form.
2: 1 in 10 domestic cats fear loneliness
In one review, more than 1 in 10 domestic cats showed behavioral problems when they were briefly isolated from their owners. In their study of cats with splitting-related problems, the researchers also noted that affected cats often came from households with no females or with more than one female. Staying away from toys and having no other pets in the home has also been associated with similar behavioral problems in cats.
3: Your cat really loves you
Food is used to bring people and cats together, but that doesn’t mean you’re a bigger can opener than usual. A comprehensive examination of the skeleton of a 5,300 years old Chinese cat has shown that these ancient cats were tracking mice. In general, we sheltered them and took care of the insects.
Like canines, cat training opens up an interesting practice scene. These include grooming, fighting games, and restoring half-dead mice for a makeshift playground. These practices go beyond food, they are about family.
There’s even isolated evidence that after a cat stroke, people get a significant portion of psychoactive chemicals when they’re near their friends and family. So maybe now, canines have a rival for the title of man’s closest companion.
4: Cats can predict when a storm comes
Cats and many other creatures are more sensitive than humans to changes in sound, smell, and environmental stress, and their enhanced ability may allow them to spot evidence of a brewing storm before their owners know it.
A cat’s inner ear may recognize a sudden drop in atmospheric tension shortly before a storm, and may already know how to relate it to an impending storm. If a storm is brewing somewhere outside, she might see faint thunder.
5: Cats love boxes because they are convenient.
Cats can rest for 18 hours a day. Since they are individual creatures, they need a sheltered shelter to rest. Regardless, cats huddled in small boxes, even outdoors, are more likely to stay away from viral floors. Cats are happy at room temperature about 14°C above human comfort. Also, without a ray of sunlight to lie down, they will walk through a comfortable shoebox.
6: Domestic cats greatly influence Community life
Research has shown that domestic cats kill more prey in a given area than relatively wild hunters measure. According to a March 2020 review, pet hunting can significantly impact nearby wildlife populations. This usually includes a nursery on one side or the other.
Reviews have shown that domestic cats kill wild animals two to several times more often than the same wild hunter. Cats kill less prey per day than wild hunters, but their home range is so small that prey ends up in focus.
Domestic cats kill an average of 14.2 to 38.9 prey per 100 plots or hectares per year. Highlights also show that cats do a lot of damage to wildlife in disturbed areas, such as housing construction.
7: Cats can’t be vegetable lovers
Cats are natural predators, and meat contains some amino acids, such as taurine, which cannot be absorbed or stored, so a cat’s vegan feeding routine must be carefully adjusted according to the cat’s age and weight.
Too little taurine can cause vision problems and cardiovascular problems, while too much can lead to true urinary problems. Predatory cats will retain all the taurine they need from meat. However, artificial taurine added to plant foods has several different structures, and cats digest them at different rates. This makes it very difficult to feed cats a sensible plant-based diet.
8: Cats’ facial hairs makes them accurate hunters
The cat’s characteristic whiskers, or “whiskers,” consist of about 24 active hairs with less visible marks on the eyes, chin, and the back of the front legs (wrist whiskers). Packed with deep nerves, these dense bristles help our feline companions truly find their way in the chase, especially in the dark.
Facial hair corresponds to the width of the body to help judge distance when moving, are special tactile organs on the limbs that can sense distance, load, and even dam surface. No wonder your cat is a particularly elegant beast!