Almost everyone has had some prior experience with cats. However, cats might be difficult to understand since they seem mysterious. Therefore, Saint N Mike would like to offer some of the most fascinating and entertaining facts about cats that you may have never heard before. If you’re looking for products as unique as your cat, browse our online pet store today!
Origins of Cats
Researchers believe that humans initially domesticated felines approximately 12,000 years ago in Egypt. While it is well known that the Egyptians worshiped cats, did you know that when a pet cat died, the owner would shave his eyebrows to mourn them? Cats were considered a symbol of liberty in early Roman cultures. Cats are now just as popular as dogs as household pets!
The majority of cats are left-handed, which is a little-known fact about them. And while we're on the subject of “hands,” or rather, legs, did you know they have whiskers on the backs of their front legs as well? Your kitty companion is also near-sighted (though their night vision is far superior to ours). Another interesting truth is that your cat's nose has a unique print on it, similar to our fingerprints.
Did you know that cats can't detect sweetness? This is due to their obligatory carnivorous nature. Herbivores and omnivores have a keen sense of sweetness, which allows them to select plants and fruits that provide the nutrients they require. On the other hand, cats have no nutritional requirement for these types of food and hence lack a sensory receptor for sweetness. In addition, cats have just 470 taste buds in total, compared to 9,000 in humans. So what flavor can they detect the most? Bitterness is the most robust sense of taste in a cat. Finally, a cat will go hungry rather than consume something they don't like. That is one picky eater!
Adult cats only meow at people, not other cats. Kittens interact with their mothers through vocalizations, while adult cats do not meow at each other. Some experts believe that meowing evolved to influence people; many cat owners understand that a meowing cat communicates directly.
Importance of Napping
Have you ever wondered why your cat sleeps so much? Felines try to reserve energy for hunting. In addition, they are most active at night. As a result, they may sleep for up to 14 hours every day. That's about 70% of their life! Cats will alternate between napping softly for around 30 minutes and deep slumber for approximately five minutes during that time. This sleep pattern allows them to keep a sharp watch on the situation if they need to respond quickly.
There are endless fun facts about cats. If you have questions, please contact Saint N Mike for more information. If you want to reward your cat for being so fun, look through our online pet store to find unique cat products they’re sure to love!