You may have a little feline companion but how much do you know about them? You may have wondered some things about him or her and told yourself, “Oh, I should Google that later.” and later you forget or you’re too lazy and then eventually forget anyway. Here are some of the most interesting, yet overlooked, questions about your kitty to make you the well of knowledge at your next feline tea party.
Do cats always land on their feet?
They in fact do not. It remains an admirable skill though. They call it the righting reflex – the ability for your cat to reorient himself mid air and land on his feet in a matter of seconds. When your kitten is just 7 weeks old they have this skill mastered.
A vestibular apparatus in the cat’s inner ear acts like a compass for balance and orientation so that it always knows which way is up. And strangely enough cats who fall from greater heights like 12 stories are less likely to die than those who fall from lesser heights like 6 stories, although it should be noted that at both heights they suffer serious injuries… Don’t test this at home.
How high can cats jump?
Some cats can jump up to 7 times their height in just one leap, no runway necessary! So keep the breakables safely tucked away.
Can cats see color?
It is a common misconception that cats can’t see any colors at all, seeing only shades of gray. A cat’s vision is similar to a human who is color blind. They can see shades of blue and green but reds and pinks can be confusing, often looking more green while purple would be coupled with blue.
Why don’t cats like water?
Many cats do like water and that can be attributed to their ancestors – the bigger cats who caught fish. We still observe this in nature today. Other cats tolerate water if it has been introduced to it at an early stage.
We can only speculate though that cats don’t like water because their fur acts as insulation, keeping them warm, and getting this wet would defeat the purpose.
Should my cat be drinking milk?
As children we may have seen cats lapping up milk with such ferocity that it splashes everywhere – be it animated films or our bedtime stories. And that may make us think it’s good for them but many cats like humans are lactose intolerant and it causes them diarrhoea. They may like the taste of milk but rather give them a sardine than indigestible milk.
Why does my cat knead?
While we don’t know for sure why cats knead we can definitely say a cat that kneads is a happy kitty. A lot of people say cats knead because they were taken or weaned from their mother too soon but nearly all adult cats knead regardless of when they were taken.
Other people believe cats knead to create a soft place to sleep – something their ancestors in the wild would do with grass. Maybe you have noticed that your cat does this before sleeping.
Why do cats wag their tails?
A quick whipping tail is not a good sign. Unlike a dog for instance, this cat is not happy but quite annoyed by someone or something.
But if a cat approaches you with a tail held high, gently swishing you can be guaranteed a rub against your legs or a friendly meow.
Cats use their tails for communication so be on the lookout on what your kitty is telling you. A little banter can soon turn into a bloodbath.