I tawt I taw a puddy tat:
Until the 2000s, the domestic cat was considered a subspecies of the European wildcat, also known by it’s latin name, Felis silvestris. If that name sounds a little familiar, perhaps it should since it is where one of the most famous cartoon cats in the world received his name: Sylvester The Cat. Sufferin‘ succotash!
Your cat is a digitigrade. Don’t worry, we’re not insulting your cat, in fact being a digitigrade is quite remarkable. Much like a ballerina, a cat walks on their toes alone. This is why they are able to move and jump lightening fast and in almost complete silence. Next time your cat sneaks up on you and you wonder how they can move so smoothly and quietly, you’ll know they are quite literally tip-toeing around you.
If I fits, I sits:
How does your cat fit through what seems to be impossibly small spaces? We humans have a collar bone that attaches to both our torso and to our arms. In a cat, this bone is free-floating, so they can squeeze through most spaces that they can get their heads through.
More than a cat nap:
Most people consider 8 hours a day to be a full night’s rest, of course, some of us get by on a little more, or a little less. Cats on the other hand aren’t just nappers, they’re world class sleepers. According to the SPCA, healthy cats will often sleep 50% of the day, and some as much as 70% of the day. That means some cats will spend as much as 17 hours a day sleeping.
The Cat’s meow:
When a cat “meows” she’s talking to you. Cats infrequently meow to one another, instead reserving that sound for people. It’s true there are other sounds cats make to communicate with one another, but when that sound is a meow, you’ll know they are probably trying to get your attention!
You catch more flies with honey, but far fewer cats:
People like sweet things, dogs like sweet things, but cats don’t seem to be very interested in sweets. This isn’t just a personal preference; cats don’t actually have the necessary taste receptors for sweets. Before you feel bad that they’re missing out, don’t. Cats are perfectly adapted for their meat-eating diet. Eating sweet & sugary foods wouldn’t be healthy for them at all, and to them, they’re not missing out.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane:
Cats can jump about 6 times their own height. Sure it’s impressive to watch them effortlessly jump up on furniture much taller than they are, it becomes even more amazing when you compare it to humans. Next time you see a telephone or electricity pole, look at the top of it for a moment. Now imagine jumping onto the top of it. That is how good of a jumper your cat is… wow!