With the American cat population hovering around 75 million its clear that cats are one of the worlds favorite pets. Irrespective of their popularity, theres a lot that most people don’t know about domesticated cats and kittens. Here are five interesting facts about cats that can assist you to be a better-informed and more careful pet owner.

1. Kittens and cats hardly ever meow at one another. The familiar meow is really a sound reserved nearly exclusively for cat-human interaction. It is rather rare for one cat to meow at another. Instead they depend on looks, touching and also scent for cat-to-cat connection. If your cat meows it is best to assume that it is conversing directly with you.

2. Eating grass is healthy for cats. Whilst your first inclination may be to stop your kitty from grazing on your lawn, it really aids its gastrointestinal tract and helps it eliminate any fur which is collected in its abdomen. However, if you’re making an indoor garden, you should be aware that lots of plants are toxic to felines, so avoid tomato plants, ivy, daffodils and aloe vera, and ask your vet for a complete report on flora that’s harmful to cats.

3. Falling cats rotate their bodies in a particular order. You’ve probably heard the old saying that a cat always lands on ts feet. Bbut have you ever wondered how they do it? A cat that is falling will always begin by rotating its head to face forwards and then it will twist its back to orient the spine upwards along with aligning its thighs accordingly. Finally. the cat will arch its back to minimize the impact when it lands.

4. Cats use a distinctive walk shared by only two other animals. If you look closely, you’ll notice that your cat walks by moving both its left feet followed by both its right feet in unison instead of alternating one left and one right leg the way dogs do. This promotes better agility and ensures peace and quiet when walking. In fact, cats are aggressive animals and their predatory instincts haven’t been bred outside of them. The camel and the giraffe are the only other four-legged animals in the world which walk this way.

5. Kittens are born deaf and blind. It’s only after 5 days or so that the kitten will able to open its eyes and start seeing and its ability to hear only begins around the 2-week mark. Through adulthood a cat will have incredible hearing, with a range far beyond people. Its eyes encompass a 285-degree field and its night eyesight is six times better than ours.

– Holly Mayer loves her animals a lot. She has Two Siamese cats and 2 German Shepard dogs. She plans on adopting another feline within the next few months and is also excited to add yet another pet to the family.


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