Cat owners admit that they dont really own their cat. Their cat owns them. That aside, these same people tend to be pretty smug in their assumption that cats are so much smarter than dogs. Its pretty irritating to dog owners that they tend to be right! Have a look at some fast facts and you may get a new respect for our furry friends who sometimes share a closer physiology with humans than with dogs.
Cats brains are more similar to human brains than to dogs brains.
Humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
Cats have 60 to 80 million olfactory cells;humans have only five to 20 million.
Stroking a cat can lower a humans blood pressure.
Cats respond better to women than to men, probably due to women having higher voices than men.
Cats see about six times better than humans at night, thanks to an extra layer of reflecting cells which absorb light.
Cats hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs
Habits and Behaviours
Cats have a reputation for independence they dont offer slavish devotion, as will a dog. They offer affection on their own terms, when and where it suits them. And they are self-indulgent. Check out their preferences and their habits.
Cats sleep an average of 16 hours a day.
Cats spend nearly 30 percent of their awake lives grooming themselves.
Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination.
Many cats love having their foreheads gently stroked.
A cat rubbing against your legs is showing affection but also is putting its personal scent on you.
Cats with long lean bodies are more likely to be outgoing personalities than their stockier cousins. They are more protective of their home and more vocal and demonstrative.
When a cat goes after mice, about one pounce in three results in a catch.
Diet and Health
Cats can be fussy about their diet. What they prefer, however, may not give them the balance they need. There are specific dietary requirements that their bodies must have, so safe-guarding the health of our cat is our responsibility.
Cats have 30 teeth, 12 incisors, 10 premolars, 4 canines and 4 molars.
Kittens have baby teeth, which are replaced by permanent teeth around the age of seven months.
Cats need to have their teeth cleaned by a vet because their jaw has only an up-and-down motion no side-to-side motion like dogs and humans.
A cats jaw motion means that you cant rely on feeding dry food as a dental care program.
A steady diet of dog food (instead of cat food) may cause blindness in a cat because it lacks taurine, an essential nutrient required for cats health.
Most cats adore sardines.
Cats must have fat in their diet because they cant produce it on their own.
Store antifreeze carefully. Its sweet and enticing, but deadly poisonous to animals.
Many cats enjoy milk but it gives some cats diarrhea.
Never give Tylenol to a cat. It can be fatal. Never give aspirin unless specifically prescribed by your veterinarian. It can be fatal.