Not everyone is a cat person.
And for those of you who are?
1) You are forgiven and 2) Here are some facts you might (for whatever reason) find entertaining.
[via WeirdFacts]Ailurophilia is the “love of cats.”
…Most cats have no eyelashes.
Cats purr at 26 cycles per second, the same as an idling diesel engine.
A cat cannot see directly under its nose.
If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you. If her tail starts thrashing, her mood has changed — Time to distance yourself from her.
…The cat was domesticated over 4,000 years ago.
All cats are members of the family Felidae.
A house cat spends 70% of its time sleeping.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, puma and the jaguar.
According to myth, a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather is coming.
Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat.
In English, cat is “cat.” In French, cat is “Chat.” In German, your cat is “katze.” The Spanish word for cat is “gato,” and the Italian word is “gatto.” Japanese prefer “neko” and Arabic countries call a cat a “kitte.”
Cats get their sense of security from your voice. Talk to your cats! And be mindful of your tone of voice. Cats know when you’re yelling at them (though they may not care).
The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak to you.
…A group of kittens is called a “kindle.”
A group of grown cats is called a “clowder.”
Have you ever tried to feed your cat food that was just taken out of the refrigerator? Most cats prefer their food at room temperature, and will boldly REFUSE any food that is too cold or too hot.
Never feed your cat dog food. Cats need five times more protein than dogs do.
Cats are more active during the evening hours.
Cats spend 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.
Cats love high places. They share this love with leopards and jaguars, who sleep in trees. If a cat begins to fall, his inner ear canal (which controls balance) will help him right himself and land on his feet.
Domestic cats are essentially loners. When placed in a group, they develop their own hierarchy. As long as there is plenty of food on hand, a cat can learn to share it’s domain with other cats.
Unlike humans and dogs, cats do not suffer a lot from loneliness. It is a mistake to project our social feelings onto our cats. Cats are social to a degree, but they are far more concerned with territorial issues than we can even imagine.
Cats have a weak sense of taste. They have only 473 tastebuds, humans have 9,000. [Read More – Read ALL Weird Cats Facts Here!]
Another fact you might need to compute into your ‘Why I love cats’ list?
They are murderous bastards.
[via Time]Killer Kitties: Study Proves They’re Not as Innocent As They Look
Most cat owners will, at some point, endure the trauma of being gifted a bloody rodent carcass or wrangling a flailing bird from the jaws of their beloved pet. But little do they know that behind this occasional horror is a secret world of slaughter.
According to a new study by the University of Georgia, our precious kitties are leading double lives: Indoors, they’re sweet, lazy furballs. But outside, they’re prolific killers with a penchant for danger.
In collaboration with the National Geographic Society’s Critter Cam team, researchers strapped kitty cams to 60 cats and analyzed thousands of hours of footage documenting their secret lives. They found that one-third of the cats killed an average of two animals per week —a far greater number than previously thought. (Though they only brought a quarter of those kills home for mom and dad).
Domestic cats hunt so prolifically, in fact, that they are driving down the U.S.’s bird population, killing an estimated 500 million birds per year — about 3 percent of the country’s total bird population.
“Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American birds species are in decline,” George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy, told USA Today.
That said, they kill far more reptiles and mammals (such as chipmunks) than they do birds, usually eating or abandoning the carcasses after playing with them for a while. [Read More]
Just something you might want to put in the back of your mind…
Along with the knowledge?
Your cats watches you while you sleep.
Read the implications? Where you may, I’m just sayin’…