Here are some fascinating facts about cats:
- Never feed dog food to a cat. Why? Because it can cause blindness. Dog food lacks taurine, which is a nutrient essential for your feline’s health. Taurine helps to keep their hearts healthy and their eyesight sharp.
- Fresh tap water contains chlorine, which irritates the sensitive parts of a cat’s nose. Before giving tap water to a cat, let it sit for 24 hours.
- Some kittens, especially shorthair breeds, prefer a tent-like bed. It provides privacy while napping and keeps them warmer.
- Whiskers can also indicate a cat’s mood. They point forward when a cat is friendly and curious, and lie flat on the face when a cat is being aggressive or defensive.
- Felines barely ever meow at another cat. They use this vocalisation mainly to communicate with humans.
- Cute or what?! The pupils of a cat’s eyes may expand as much as four times when it nears its feed bowl.
- Just one pair of felines and their kittens can produce 420,000 kittens in only seven years!
- Weird or what?! Genghis Kahn was famous for hating cats, as were Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. Ailurophobia (cat hate) was also well-known with Benito Mussolini, Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolph Hitler … all men firm on taking over the world.
- The feline breed, Maine Coon, is the official cat of the US State of Maine.
- Felines have AB blood groups exactly like humans.
- “Ailurophile” is the official word for cat lovers.
- Cat nose pads are unique, like human fingerprints.
I hope every cat lover, or ailurophile, who read this article, learned something new about their furry friend.
Written by Elizabeth Mulliss
Harper, L & White, JL 2008, The complete illustrated encyclopedia of cats & kittens, Flame Tree Publishing, London.