Cat Facts That You May not Know About

Facts About Cats and Humans

We have a beautiful relationship with our cats. The cat jumps up on our lap and starts to purr and rub her head against our hand. In her cat language she says, I love you. What is our reaction? Subsequently, we pet her head. She purrs and we feel delighted. A little spark of joy springs up inside us knowing that the cat is happy and content. We love our pets, don’t we? They are part of our family. However, how much do we know about these little creatures. There are an amazing amount of unusual cat facts about them. Lets look at a few of them.

Concerning Their Anatomy

Cat Facts about feline eyes

Sometimes we refer to a person as having beautiful big eyes, but did you know that the cat has the biggest eyes in relation to their head size of any mammal. They really are huge compared to their tiny faces. And did you know that they have whiskers on the back of their front legs as well as their face? Why the whiskers? To clarify, they are the cat’s tape measure, making sure a space is large enough for their body to enter.

Let’s talk about another of the many interesting cat facts. Many cats are ambidextrous. That is to say, they use their right or left paw interchangeably. It doesn’t matter which one. However, there are about 40% of cats that do have a preference. Among these, a male cat uses his left paw more. But, the female cat uses her right paw more. Check out your cat. Is your cat left pawed or right pawed or is he or she one of ” it does not matter” types?

In conclusion, there are so many incredible cat facts but I just want to mention one more here. Many cats are over-joyed and love to lick their cat parents freshly washed hair. Does your cat do that? What loving and interesting creatures we have, correct?


Sensitive Spots are Out of Bounds!

Those Incredible Sensitive Areas

Cats react to certain sensitive areas on their body. They enjoy attention from their cat owners but there are a few “don’s touch me” areas. Do you notice a strange reaction when you stroke his back close to the tail? Does he become uneasy or does he really like it? Some cats make a strange garbling noise every time this spot is touched. It’s really funny to watch them when this happens. However, is the cat enjoying it or is this one of those “don’t touch me” sensitive spots?

Evading Those Sensitive Spots

Cats have a number of sensitive spots. Have you thought about your cat’s feelings? Felines use their body language to communicate with their owners. Their body language teaches us a whole lot about their pleasure or displeasure. For example, at times, your cat’s tail demonstrates affection or in contrast, displeasure. Therefore, by understanding your cats communication to you, sensitive spots can be avoided.

I love this touch, no sensitive area here!

Enjoying the Touch

Cats enjoy being touched in the appropriate areas. Not every cat reacts the same. Pam Johnson-Bennett is a Cat Behavior Consultant and owner of Cat Behavior Associates, LLC. She relates that most cats enjoy petting under the chin or on the back of the head. Some cats enjoy strokes down their back to the tail. However, other cats do not like it at all. She reminds us that the cat’s belly may also be one of those sensitive spots. At the same time, some cats enjoy it.

So, where are your cat’s sensitive spots. Be aware of signs of displeasure in your cat’s behavior. Some examples of these signs are, he stops purring, turns his face to look at you, puts his ears back, or increases the movement of his tail.

To sum this up, be aware of your cats body language. When petting your cat, Pam Johnson Bennett says, “Watch your cat and make sure it’s still a pleasant experience.”

What’s with Cat Circles?

Cats and Intriguing Circles

Cat circles present a mystery. Is it true that if you tape a circle on the floor, a cat will sit in it? That depends on the cat. In short, some will and some will not. However, let’s talk about the ones that do sit in these enclosures. In March of this year, an interesting article appeared in the Philippine Star News Paper. As you know, due to the corona virus, protocols have been set up all over the world. For example, this was also true in Quezon City, in the Philippines. In front of one of their sidewalk markets, the store owner placed circles on the ground. This was to make sure people observed the six foot distance rule. However, instead of people standing in the circles, cats sat in them. Cats find enclosed spaces intriguing.

Circles for Kitty

Ongoing Cat Mystery

So, the mystery of cat circles continues. They also baffle veterinarians and cat associations. Why do cats like to sit in a circle? Some suggest that cats react unconsciously to a mystical power of circles. Importantly enough, cat experts trash this idea. So, why do cats do it?

Mieshelle Nagelschneider, is a renowned cat behaviorist and author of the book, The Cat Whisperer. She states, “You can boil many cat behaviors down to one reason and the reason is survival.” She goes on to say that a circle does not protect the cat. However, psychologically, when he sees the border of the circle he feels that it is a safe place to be.

A house cat knows his environment well. Consequently, he checks out anything new or different that arrives in the home. Placing an unknown object on the floor arouses his curiosity. In this case, he sees something round, a wonderful enclosed object and is drawn to it. He sits in it and feels protected. In other words, the mystery of cat circles seems to be a natural behavior for some cats.

Your Cats and Enclosures

In conclusion, have some fun with your cat. Draw a tape circle on the floor. Even better, if you have something like a sash, use it to make a round space for him to sit in. This will give the cat the feeling of a higher border. Having done this, watch your cat’s reaction. Have fun with cat circles!

That Interesting Cat’s Nose

Felines and Nose Prints

Did you know that a cat’s nose has prints? Believe it or not, they do. For instance, cats have nose prints just like we have finger prints. Moreover, every cat possess its own unique pattern of lines and ridges. That is to say, his nose identifies him just as our fingerprints identify us. However, no cat tolerates having his nose pressed like we press our thumb for a thumb print.

Feline nose

What’s the Color of Your Cat’s Nose?

What is the color of your cat’s nose? Think about it. Look at your cats nose. Is your cat black? The general rule is, black cats have black noses. Likewise, a grey cat has a grey nose. Orange cats have orange noses. The white cat is a bit different. His nose is pink. Cats that are variegated in color have noses of various colors.

Did You Know that Your Cat Wears Leather Every Day?

Cats wear leather every day. Cat breeders and cat associations call the naked and hair free skin around the nostrils, nose leather. However, we call this part of the anatomy of the cat, the tip of the nose. There is a mid-line grove in the middle of it. Indentations somewhat the shape of squares cover the nose leather. These increase the cat’s sensory area.

How Important is a Cat’s Nose?

The cat’s nose is the most important of his sense organs. There are three different kinds of scent receptors in mammals. A protein called VIR is one of these receptors. This protein controls the ability to separate one scent from another. Felines have many more variants of VIR than dogs or humans.

Many believe that these felines with this amazing ability to smell, cannot be trained. However, Kristyn Vitale Shreve resercher from the Oregon State University’s Deparment of Animal and Rangeland Science, does not agree. For example, she states, “Given the importance of olfaction in cat sensory perception, cats could be trained to discriminate between a variety of odors, therefore serving in working roles for detecting specific humans, medical scent detection, bomb sniffing, or drug sniffing.” In conclusion, the cat’s nose may prove beneficial to all of us in the future.

The Cat with the Curled Back Ears.

The American Curl Cat and Their Ears

The American Curl Cat curls its ears back instead of having straight ears like other cats. Because of this, they are one of America’s most unique cat breeds. Although still a bit uncommon, they habitat in Spain, Japan, Russia, and many other countries as well as the USA. These felines with the curled back ears attract the admiration of many and are a real treasure.

Curled back ears

Characteristics of the Curled Eared Cat

The curled eared cat is born with straight ears. How about that? So what’s the deal? Actually, it takes a bit of time for them to curl their ears. It takes three days or more for this to happen. Similarly, the curling process is completed in about four months. The degree of curl in each cat varies. For example, some of these curled back ears are almost straight while others arc from 90 degrees to 180.

This special breed of cat is also known as the “Peter Pan” of cats. They retain their kitten-like personalities for a life time. Even a senior is playful. Therefore, these adorable and cute felines are good companions for almost anyone.

The American Curl is a healthy breed. However, their ears need frequent and careful cleaning. The ears require care as the cartilage in the ear may be damaged. These curled back ears enable dirt to enter and cause possible infections.

These cats display an array of colors and patterns. For example, some are a solid color. Others are a variety of colors. Their walnut-shaped eyes demonstrate the trade-mark of this breed. These medium sized cats weigh from 5-10 lbs. They reach maturity in about two or three years. Their tail is amazing. It is like a beautiful flowing plume that is different from other feline breeds. In conclusion, these beautiful cats with the curled back ears merit attention and are truly a treasure.

Teacup Cats and a Teacup

What are Teacup Cats?

Teacup cats are just very small felines. Actually, they are smaller than what is known as miniature cats. They fit in a teacup when they are small kittens. These tiny cats are so cute and desirable. However, there are some very important facts that one needs to investigate before purchasing one of these little jewels. First of all, are they really teacup cats. For example, are they being sold as teacup cats but are litter runts or unhealthy kittens. Be aware!

Teacup Kitten

Genetics and Tiny Cats

Breeding cats for simply physical results, in this case to make them small, can cause genetic problems. ” That’s one of our major concerns with breeding for purely physical attributes,” Katie Lisnik says. Katie is a Humane Society director for cat policies and protections.

Genuine teacup cats are born with a genetic dwarfism which makes them small all over. They have the same instincts to act and play like any other cat. However, it is more common for them to have health problems. One of these is growth retardation which causes the bones to be soft. Due to this, the cat becomes weak. And in addition, the complications of being smaller can cause heart murmurs, and neurological problems. It can even cause seizures. Breeding for purely physical attributes can cause many other physical problems.

In conclusion, if your are planning on bringing one of these adorable little teacup cats home, take some time and look for a responsible breeder. A genuine breeder pays strict attention to the cats health and hygiene. He will gladly discuss all these issues with you. Enjoy your little teacup!

What About this Gentle Giant?

Maine’s Huge and Gentle Cat

Everyone loves the huge, sociable, and gentle Maine Coon Cat. Its nickname is “the gentle giant.” His size and gentleness give him this name. This cat is one of the oldest breeds in America. It is the largest breed to be domesticated. The state of Maine claims its origin. This humongous beauty is their official state cat. However, the real origin is still a mystery.

Characteristics of These Gentle Giants

These cats are characterized by their huge muscular build and weigh anywhere from 18 to 20 lbs or more. Some measure a few inches more than a yard stick. That is a big cat! Another name for these cats is “Dogs of the Cat World.” Moreover, they merit some dog-like characteristics such as loyalty and enjoy being around people. They play fetch and walk on a leash. This gentle giant is one of the most popular cat breeds in the USA.

Giant Cat

There is something else about these gentle giants that is unique. They are physically adapted for surviving in cold weather. Those of you who live in the north know what I am talking about. Imagine a cat out in the cold in Maine! Maine Coons fur is dense and water-resistant. This fur is longer on the their underside and rear. Importantly, this gives them protection when sitting in the snow. Moreover, their tail is long and bushy like a raccoons and resists sinking in the snow. They wrap their tail around their face to keep the howling wind off. Likewise, they tuck their tail under them and use it as an insulated seat cushion. In addition to this, these amazing gentle giants have big paws which facilitate walking on snow. Some even have extra toes which gives them a bigger paw.

Maine Coons are vocal cats with unusual yowling, and chirps. Their meow is a combination of a trill and a purr. In conclusion, Americans love these beautiful gentle giants and it is easy to understand why.

Beautiful White, Blue Eyed Cats

Blue Eyes and Deafness

There is an annoying fact about cats with blue eyes and deafness. Are you are thinking about owning one of these beautiful white, blue eyed cats? I would like to inform you a little bit about their eyes. First of all, they may have the eye color of green, golden, pink, or blue. In addition, they may have one eye that is blue and the other a different color. The blue eyed cat is the one we want to talk about . There may be a problem of deafness.

This is not to say that all blue eyed cats are deaf. Researchers have found that 17 to 22 percent of white cats are born deaf if they have non-blue eyes. However, 40 percent of felines with one blue eye are deaf. A cat having one blue eye may be deaf in one ear. The deaf ear will be on the same side as his azure eye. Cats that are deaf in only one ear may seem perfectly normal. Therefore, their cat parents may never be aware of the problem. On the other hand, 65 to 85 percent of these white cats with two eyes the color of blue, are born totally deaf.

Blue eyed cats

Cause of Deafness in White Cats With Blue Eyes.

The cause of deafness in white, blue eyed cats is the lack of melanin. What is melanin? The dictionary says it is, and I quote, “the pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals.” These cats lack melanin in their skin as well as in the iris of their eyes. More importantly, the stem cells which should turn into melanin-producing cells are those which affect the cats hearing as well as the color of his eyes. In conclusion, if you are planning to be the owner of one of these gorgeous blue eyed cats, be aware of the possibility of the deafness problem. The good news is, not all white cats have this problem. Enjoy your cat!

Have You Checked Your Cat’s Weight Lately?

Problems for Obese Cats

Obese cats are at risk for health problems. A study preformed by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention concluded that 59% of cats are obese. Felines who are over-weight are at risk for disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease and more. Is your cat’s weight normal? Would you know if your feline needs to trim down a little?

The Norm for a Cat’s Weight

The norm for domestic cat’s weight is about 10 pounds. However, this has to vary with the breed of the cat. For example, a Siamese cat weighs about five pounds. On the other hand, the huge adorable Maine Coons weighs in at 20+ pounds.

Your cat’s weight gain is to be taken very seriously. Just a couple of extra pounds can put your feline at risk. If you have a question about your cat, check with your vet. However, there are a few things that you can look for on your own. According to Dr. Mustillo, DVM, you should look for the following things. Does your cat have a saggy belly hanging down? Not good! Can you feel the cats ribs? Dr. Mustillo says that you should be able to.

Cat’s Weight, Sagging Belly

Weight Reduction is possible

The good news is, reduction of a cat’s weight is possible. Here are a few tips for getting your cat slim and trim. Firstly, set distinct mealtimes for your cat. Don’t leave a bowl of food where he can nibble. Secondly, replacing some of his dry food with canned will give him more protein and fewer carbohydrates. Thirdly, cut back on treats. Play with him instead. And finally, make sure he gets plenty of exercise.

Importantly, exercise is a weight reducing factor. Exercise is as important to him as a good diet. Give him a high cat tree on which to romp and play, challenge him with a cat wand or teach him to play fetch. In conclusion, check out your cat’s weight, find out what kind of diet is best for him and what should be his daily intake. Make sure he gets a scheduled amount of exercise daily.

Feline Aggression and Your Cat

Combative Behavior in Cats

This combative behavior, feline aggression, is fairly common. Fortunately, not all cats are the same. We are referring to hostile cats here. Their bites are deliberate. They bite when you least expect it. For example, a few months ago I went to visit some friends whose cat likes to sit on the back of the sofa. I walked by the sofa and the cat attacked my arm. It drew blood.

Twenty seven percent of cats relinquished to cat shelters is because of aggression. This conduct is fairly common in cats. However, determining the cause is another matter.

Feline Aggression

Different Kinds of Feline Aggression

There are many kinds of feline aggression. Pain, over stimulation, fear, territory guarding, rough play, and others cause undesirable conduct.

Fear causes feline aggression. It is caused by unfamiliar stimuli. This may be a sudden sound, a unknown dog, or even a strange person. Fear also causes alertness to some unpleasant experience such as bathing and nail clipping. The cats ears flatten, he hisses, and bares his teeth. His body language says, “don’t touch me.” This situation is called fear aggression.

Prolonged petting of your cat can cause undesirable behavior. This is called over-stimulation aggression. We all love it when our cat sits on our lap and starts to purr. It brings contentment and satisfaction to both of us. However, when the petting continues, the cat becomes annoyed and uneasy. He suddenly bounds down from your lap or turns around and bites. The cat is over stimulated and has had enough. This is another example of feline aggression.

Redirected aggression is another problem. Some times an unpleasant interaction happens between two house cats. But in this case the cat attacks its owner instead of its opponent. This causes redirected feline aggression.

Tips for Calming Feline Aggression

Here are a few simple tips concerning feline aggression. Make sure your cat is healthy. Consult your veterinarian. Observe your cat’s body behavior. When he begins to show displeasure, distract him before the aggression happens. When possible, remove stimuli that is causing the problem. In conclusion, if you are having extreme problems with your cat, you may want to consult a cat behaviorist.