There’s just something about the sight of long whiskers, little ears and cute bushy tails that makes us go all soft on the inside and willingly serve our cats like masters. It doesn’t matter if they shredded your new sofa or chewed up your phone cable – you can never stay angry with them the moment they look up at you with their huge kitty eyes and rub their heads against your hand or leg. Here are 15 facts about felines that will make you love them even more!
If your cat gives you a slow eye blink, be very honoured. A cat eye blink (also known as a kitty kiss) is a way your kitty shows its love for you! The next time your cat gives you a cat-kiss eye blink, look back at it and slowly shut and open your eyes to return the favour.
Hebrew legend claims that cats were created when a lion on Noah’s Ark sneezed and two kittens came out.
Cats are pros at manipulation – they know exactly how to get what they want. According to a study, they do it by mimicking babies crying. When Kitty wants food, she will make an urgent cry or meowing sound in the 220 to 520-hertz frequency range while purring at a lower frequency, which will make you want to refill her bowl immediately.
Adult cats don’t actually meow to communicate with other cats, but rather, to communicate with humans. Apparently, the more you talk to your cat, the more it will meow back to you. Conversation is a two-way street after all, which is something this cat seems to understand.
Cats spend two-thirds of each day sleeping. This means that by the time a cat is nine years old, it will only have been awake for three years of its life. Talk about the purr-fect life.
Cats love warm temperatures, and enjoy even temperatures as hot as 52°C! Perhaps this is why cats are always found lounging in the sun. Their love for warm spaces might be due to the animal’s desert ancestry, though it’s questionable whether this still holds true as more pampered felines are now invited into their owners’ air-conditioned rooms in this hot weather.
It is not just dogs that will lick you when it can, cats do, too. Cats’ licking your hands, toes and arms is a sign of affection and an indication that she feels safe in your presence. Awww.
A cat has detected his human’s breast cancer by leaping up and sitting on his human’s right breast every night for two weeks. A medical screening revealed that she had a pea-sized cancerous lump in her breast which would have killed her if left undiagnosed. Thank goodness for cats!
Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt and when a family cat died, their human family would shave off their eyebrows as they mourned. The cat would then be mummified and buried along with provisions such as milk, mice and rats.
Just as some humans are right-handed and others are left-handed, the same applies to cats. Most female cats are right-pawed while most male cats are left-pawed.
Cats can’t taste sweet things because of a defect in the gene that codes for part of the sweet taste receptor. This means that they’ll never enjoy cupcakes the way you do. More cupcakes for you then.
The Singapura cat originated from Singapore and is the smallest pedigreed cat. The Singapura cat can weigh as little as only 1.8kg, so if you want a small cat, you know where to look.
The world’s first cat flap was invented by Isaac Newton when one of his cats, Spithead, kept opening the door while he was in the middle of an experiment. The cat flap kept both Newton and Spithead happy.
A cat can move at a speed of up to 49km/h over a short distance. That’s even faster than Usain Bolt, whose top speed in his record breaking 100m sprint was 44.7km/h.
It is unsurprising that some humans can be allergic to cats, but did you know that cats can be allergic to humans, too? According to a study, feline asthma can be caused by exposure to cigarette smoke, dusty houses and human dandruff. The next time you want to blame your cat for causing your allergies, make sure you aren’t causing allergies in your cat too.
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Text: Rachael Lui