Things You Didn’t Know About Your Cat

Or maybe you did know! Even then, it’s still fun to read.

Nose to Nose
Nose-to-nose greetings between cats are unusual, as it puts both in a vulnerable position. However, cats who know each other well but have been apart for a while feel safe enough to do this to confirm visual recognition and gain information about how the other cat is, where he has been and what he has been doing.

Purring usually indicates contentment, however, a deep purr can also indicate pain. If you know your cat well you will be able to tell the difference in his demeanor. And cats start to purr at one week old and can do so continually as they inhale and exhale. They start purring in a monotone, while older ones do so in two to three resonant notes.

Vocal Signals
Cats appear to retain their kitten vocal signals to communicate with their owners, but they use and adult repertoire of sound with other cats.

Cats like to nap rather than sleep but if relaxed enough to enter a deeper sleep, they produce the same brain wave patterns that we do when we dream.

Eye Contact
Cats blink and narrow their eyes when they accidentally make eye contact. To make friends with an unfamiliar cat, blink and look away when you catch his eyes.

Don’t Punish
Cats cannot understand punishment as humans do, they must be praised and rewarded for desired behavior instead.

Raw Meat
Giving your cat a strip of raw meat everyday to chew on will keep his gums and teeth in good condition. Suitable meats include poultry, rabbit, or beef.

The Heat
If your cat appears to be able to tolerate heat very well this is because the ancestors of cats were originally desert-living animals.

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14 Responses to “Things You Didn’t Know About Your Cat”

  1. Animalcouriers

    Lovely. The vocal signals they use with us humans does tend to indicate they think we are fools as they talk to us in childlike ways ;-)

  2. Margaret

    I never knew that about raw meat. I’ll keep that in mind for when I have a cat of my own one day ^^

  3. heretherebespiders

    I’ve noticed the Bengal talks to us, and the dog, but rarely to his feline brother. The brother being Siamese, he just talks all the time… sometimes he gets stuck. We tell him he’s ‘stuck on play’ and sometimes that makes him stop, at least long enough to try to figure out what we are talking about…
    Oh and the nose touch – I know Siamese Lokii will never like Akita Neko because he refuses to sniff noses with her. Sigh.

  4. Fairy Dharawat

    It is because of power naps that cats are energetic, they don’t sleep often, but have their regular naps, may be this is the reason they have high concentration powers, like the way they hunt rabbits and anything smaller than their sizes. I admire our house cats hunting abilities.

  5. Bassas Blog

    This explains a lot Dianda – my Barnaby is always ‘talking’ to the tall person and he likes to share my bones and nibble on the raw meat. Great post and very lovely picture!


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