Curious cat facts.
We’ve collected a few curious cat facts for you – some of which are guaranteed to surprise you. Already thousands of years ago cats populated our earth. Nevertheless our knowledge about the small fur noses is limited. Find out here what you need to know about the popular pets.
Worldwide there are more than 500 million domesticated cats and about 50 different breeds. The cuddly velvet paws oversleep approx. 2/3 of their life. If they do not lie straight on the lazy skin, then they are usually very communicative. Interestingly, the four-legged friends don’t communicate with other cats by meowing, but rather with you. Also the brain of a cat is more similar to that of a human than you probably would have expected it. Both have the same regions that are responsible for emotions.
In the body of a cat there are about 230 bones. However, there is no collarbone. The advantage is that cats fit through every opening in the size of their head. Also in other respects, physique and posture of the house tigers are remarkable. While dogs and humans vary the position of their head while walking, the head always remains the same in hunting cats.
The word ‘cat’ comes from the Latin word ‘,Catus’, which corresponds to the meaning ‘opposite of wildcat’. Also other curious cat facts are highly interesting: Thus one calls a cat hair ball “Bezoar” in the technical language for example. This designation is based on the Persian term ‘padzahr’, which can be translated with the word ‘antidote’. Cats, for example, choke up the indigestible fur remains of their prey as ‘Bezoar’ after a certain time.
According to a Hebrew legend, Noah prayed to God and asked him to protect stored food from rats. God is said to have made a lion sneeze with a cat coming out of his nose. Unfortunately the source could not be verified so far.
Many people claim that three-coloured cats are almost always female and red cats are almost always male. But are these assertions true? Only conditionally! Even if one cannot normally recognize the sex of an animal by the color of the fur, it behaves differently in these cases. The cause of this is genetics. Cats with a yellow-orange-white-patterned coat usually have two X chromosomes and are therefore female. This is because the genetic information responsible for the coat colours black and orange is stored on the X chromosomes. For this reason, only such quadrupeds can have both fur colors, which exhibit two X-chromosomes. Only a genetic defect, the so-called Klinefelter syndrome, enables males to have such a coat colour.
Even if red cats are not always male, the probability that a red animal is a male is much higher. Female cats only have a red coat if they have inherited a red allele from both parents.
It is scientifically proven that the hearing of a cat is better than that of a dog. The small fur noses can also hear high-frequency tones two octaves higher than humans. Moreover, cat hearing is one of the best of all mammals. This also works perfectly in deep sleep. The house tigers manage to track down a mouse over a distance of 20 meters. The sense of hearing is particularly pronounced in the higher pitches. For this reason the quadrupeds react mostly rather to the voices of women and children. Surely you have already observed in everyday life that your cat suddenly sat down and listened, although you did not notice any noise at all.
The island of Aoshima in Miyazaki Prefecture is home to six times as many cats as people. Originally, the quadrupeds were settled there to eliminate a plague of mice. The small rodents once had to work on the fishing boats lying in the harbour and caused considerable damage. While the number of mice decimated, the animal rescuers continued to reproduce. Far more than 100 cats can currently be found on the small island. Already centuries ago cats were used also in England for pest control. Their reputation was at times so high that severe penalties were imposed for killing a cat.
Cats make use of a sophisticated tactic when drinking. They touch the surface of the liquid with the tip of their tongue and then form their tongue into a tube before withdrawing it again. During this process, the fur noses absorb about 0.1 millilitres of the liquid. This procedure can be repeated four times per second. Calculated on the minute, the house tigers can take five teaspoons in this way to itself.
A study in the year 2007 stated that the quadrupeds remember obstacles in the environment only for approximately ten minutes. The visual memory of the fur noses is obviously very poor. Therefore the muscle memory of the four-legged friends is all the more pronounced.
As you can see, there are many interesting myths and facts about cats.
Even if there is a true core in every legend, you should of course enjoy the Hebrew legend with caution. Perhaps some of the remaining facts will help you better understand your beloved house tiger. If, for example, your animal companion is often in a hurry when you turn on the stereo a bit, always remember that the four-legged friend perceives the sounds much louder than you do.
As with us humans, there are different sleeping habits with animals – no matter whether short or long sleepers, early risers and early in bed goers, night owls or winter sleepers. Okay well – we humans probably don’t sleep through the whole winter. But in the cold and uncomfortable months we are guaranteed to lie longer in the feathers than in the summer high months.
The only thing that differs completely from humans are the sleeping techniques of the animals. While we always and everywhere take our naps lying down, animals sometimes sleep on only one leg, with only one half of the brain or even standing up! But why do animals do this? In this blog post we tell you everything about animal sleep and also reveal the most curious sleeping habits!
Sleeping animals have the funniest habits. Have you ever wondered why dogs or cats often walk in circles before they actually lie down? So they stomp their way to a comfortable place to sleep! Chimpanzees even build a bed-like nest. Elephants are also more similar to us than we thought: in order to rest, they not only build themselves a kind of pillow out of straw or grass, but also love to cuddle by laying their trunks on their sleeping neighbours.
The cleaner fish, for example, wraps itself with a slimy protective shield before going to sleep. This not only protects it and hides its smell, but darkens everything around it, as if it would prefer a curtain. Do you have any idea which animals have the sleep ritual to clean themselves thoroughly before bed rest? Hamsters, for example, never go to bed dirty. But also an animal that for many of us is the epitome of impurity: the rat!