Nope Your Cat Doesn’t Have OCD
- Cats are neat freaks! Any feline owner can without a doubt say they’ve caught their furry little friend grooming themselves at one time or another. Cats spend on average 50 to 60 percent of their week cleaning their coat. Coupled with the fact that they spend 16 to 18 hours a day sleeping, this means that many cats spend half of the time that they are awake cleaning. This isn’t to say that our feline companions are obsessed with their good looks, although some owners might argue otherwise! Grooming has great hygienic benefits; not only does it take care of pesky parasites, it helps keep their coat relatively waterproof by stimulating glands attached to their hair roots.
Is Your Cat’s Name Correct?
- Have you ever tried calling your cat by their name? 9 times out of 10, your companion barely acknowledges your call and continues on with his or her day. There may be a reason for this however. Studies have shown that cats respond more to names ending in “ee” or “y” more often than their consonant ending counterparts. This is due to the fact that our furballs hear and process more vowel based names, or long drawn out “e” sounds. Names such as Kiki, Berry, Sweetie or even Gibby aren’t so crazy after all!
No, Cat Glasses Aren’t Required
- When it comes to predator status, cats have firmly cemented their status as one. While some domesticated cats would rather lounge than hunt, make no mistake that if push comes to shove, cats are well equipped to deal with unwelcomed visitors. Having 30 teeth (just two less than our own) tends to do that. Despite being just a step or two down from their wild African cousins, have you ever wondered why they can never seem to find objects directly below their nose? It’s not because your cat needs glasses! Rather it’s because all cats have a blind spot directly underneath their nose/chin. Since their sense of smell is vastly superior to their eyesight, however, your cat isn’t missing too much.
All Hail Hypno-Cat!
- Cats have a very long history as our companions. It’s a far cry from their days as gods though. We all know Ancient Egypt was very fond of felines, more so than any other civilization in the world. Exactly just how fanatical were they? In Ancient Egypt, the punishment for harming or even killing a cat was severe. If one was to kill a cat, they would be sentenced to death. This fanaticism with cats was not all religiously based. Cats were often praised for their ability to capture pests and ward off unwanted predators such as snakes. This granted them a higher status than pharaohs in some cities!
Yes, Your Cat Might Be Royalty (Probably)
- When it comes to being divas, cats have a category in their own right. Literally. Despite their days of being revered as gods now long gone, our feline counterparts did have success in a more traditional sense. The first cat show ever, led by cat fancier Harrison Weir, was held at the Crystal Palace in London 1871. This was a novelty concept at the time and thousands flocked to see exotic and rare breeds from all over the world. The Duke of Sutherland even provided his own cat for display! Many of the cats featured were even given an honorary ‘royal’ status!
What’s that Smell?
- Despite their cartoon counterpart’s insistence, cats are unable to drink milk. The rich dairy goodness is in fact too rich and good for their sensitive stomachs and digestive systems. All vets and true cat owners know there is simply no substitute for water when it comes to cats. What some might not know is that a majority of cats will outright refuse to drink tap water. This isn’t stemming from your cat being a water snob and only drinking Fiji water—nope, the chemicals in modern tap water have certain smells that simply don’t mesh well with their highly sensitive noses.
Neutering Isn’t the Only Option!
- Forms of birth control has been around since the Dark Ages, for humans at least. Where would we be without our Depo shot? Now mention the words “feline birth control” and you’ll probably get some very confused glances. Yes, feline birth control has been around since the 1950’s under names such as Gonazon and ChemSpay. These work by either shutting off the hormones that put female cats into heat or destroying the ovarian follicles. Why aren’t they more widespread? Owners aren’t informed by their veterinarians unless asked!
They Hear Ya, They Don’t Care
- Ever try to have a conversation with your cat? It’s very one-sided. Well some conversations land on deaf or otherwise uncaring ears, all domesticated cats communicate to humans through the use of meows and the like. In the wild, this behavior is nonexistent and is solely something arisen out of necessity, at least on the feline side of things. Cats of been observed to make 50 different separate sounds when ‘talking’ with their owners!
Cat Memes Are Timeless
- Memeing is all the rage these days and while your parents probably just ‘don’t get it’, it’s safe to say the popular social media tool had it’s mainstream success with the “Can I Haz Cheeseburger” meme in the early 2000’s. However, not many people know that one of the first movie ever recorded was a video of boxing cats. Yeah, you read that right. In the video, Thomas Edison can be seen in the background of what is a smaller version of a boxing ring with two felines gloving it out, thus proving fact is really stranger than fiction.
Agent Whiskers Reporting for Duty
- To top it all off, boxing cats are probably the least weird thing in comparison to this 1960’s CIA blunder. With the war against Soviets in full swing, Project Acoustic Kitty was born. The plan was to embed a small radio transmitter in the base of the skull of a cat, with a microphone hidden in its ear canal. After an hour long operation, the project was seemingly successful. Except for the part where the feline agent was hit by a taxi upon release. The project was scrapped and cost in total about 20 million dollars. How’s that for wasting taxpayers money?