23 Fascinating Facts About Cats
For the Love of Cats
If you are a devoted cat lover like myself, you too might be curious about the fascinating marvels your cat does, then you just might be interested in reading this. I know I enjoy the quirky behaviors of my beloved cats, I often wonder what it means when one will purr very loudly, or if the grass they are munching on is safe. Cats have a very delightful personality, they can be stubborn and aloof one minute or craving your love the next minute while digging into your lap for attention.
I have discovered and listed below some pretty interesting things about your cat you may have not known, a few tips that will keep your furry friend happy, safe, and healthy hopefully for a long, long time. These are some fascinating facts I have put together while looking into the world of the precious creature known as the domestic house cat we know and love.
Fascinating Facts About Your Cat
1. Your cat's normal body temperature is 100 to 102.5 degree's Fahrenheit. A cats body temperature is higher than us humans, they can also tolerate higher temperatures than we can as long as they have access to water.
2. Your cat will shake or shiver when it is in extreme pain. A cat that shakes may be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Shaking should not be ignored. If your cat is shaking or trembling it might be a sign you should visit a veterinarian.
3. It's not a good idea to feed your cat tuna fish exclusively, mainly because it lacks taurine, an essential nutrient your cat requires for good health. While tuna fish is fine for your cat in moderation or as a treat, too much canned tuna can be a no-no.
4. Surprisingly, purring does not always indicate that a cat is happy and healthy, some cats will purr loudly when they are terrified or in pain. Also purring may actually increase in a cat experiencing pain.
5. Your cat needs fat in its diet because it is not able to produce its own. This may be due to your cat's inability to regulate the rate at which liver enzymes break down protein.
6. While many cats or kittens enjoy milk, it will cause many of them to have diarrhea. Many cats cannot properly digest lactose as they become older.
7. Neutering your male cat will, in almost all instances, stop territorial marking (spraying), fighting with other cats, as well as enhance and extend your cat's quality of life. Males are traditionally neutered when they are six months old.
8. Over-the-counter medications can be dangerous. Never give your cat aspirin, unless specifically prescribed by your veterinarian, it can be fatal. Never ever give Tylenol (acetaminophen) to a cat, it can break down blood cells, causing anemia and death.
9. Cat bites are more likely to become infected than dog bites. If you are bitten and have any signs of infection, such as fever, chills, redness, swelling, warmth, increased tenderness, oozing seek medical attention.
10. When your cat rubs up against you, they are actually marking you with their scent. As well as claiming you as their property. So the biggest question is, who owns who? And if you have a cat, we know the answer.
11. Your cat doesn't taste sweets. Because they lack 247 base pairs of the amino acids that make up the DNA of the Tas1r2 gene. Scientists do know that cats can taste things we cannot, such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the compound that supplies the energy in every living cell.
12. Your cats tail is more than a communication tool. A cat's tail is part of the spinal cord, which extends from the base of the skull to the tip of the tail. The tail is primarily used to retain balance. In spite of the tail's balance function, cats can adapt well without one.
13. Your cat kneads with its paws when it is happy. research suggests that kneading is a leftover behavior from when your cat was a kitten. A kitten will knead the mother's teat to promote the flow of milk.
14. The average age for an indoor cat is 15 years, while the average age for an outdoor cat is only three to five years. Depending on the breed and indoor-outdoor factors, lifespans will vary.
15. Your cat loves to chew on grass, catnip, parsley or sage. If you suspect your cat has been poisoned call your veterinarian or local emergency animal clinic. Offering grass to your indoor cat can distract them from nibbling on potentially hazardous and toxic indoor houseplants and other items.
16. Many cats prefer their food at room temperature, your cat may refuse any food that is too cold or too hot. Of course, this depends on your cat. Many cats may enjoy their food on the colder side.
17. Never feed your cat dog food. Cats need five times more protein than dogs do. Dogs can use beta-carotene as a source of Vitamin A, cats cannot. Cats can not manufacture the fatty acid called 'arachidonic acid' and must have it supplemented in their diet; it is not essential for dogs to have this fatty acid in their food.
18. Your cat HATES a dirty litter box and will often refuse to use a dirty box. If you have multiple cats, it is recommended you have a litter box for each cat.
19. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats. It isn't known why, but repeated vomiting and hyperactivity are early signs of kidney failure.
20. Your cat can get tapeworms from eating infected mice or other exposed animals.
21. Neutering your cat can extend its life span by two or three years. And who doesn't want to have your precious cat around for a lot longer?
22. At three-week-old, your kittens are ready to start eating softened kitten food. As the kitten assimilates to eating, gradually decrease the amount of milk replacer you add, while slowly increasing the amount of kitten food.
23. Your cat's tongue is scratchy because it's lined with papillae, tiny backward hooks that help to hold prey in place.
So there you have it—23 fascinating facts about your cat. I hope you found these little tidbits informative and enjoyed reading them. I know that cats can be very mysterious and even anti-social . . . very much the opposite of dogs. I am often baffled at some of the things my cat does. There are many more things I can learn as well. Here's to loving cats and all the wonder they show and teach us every day!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2010 Boo McCourt