If you have ever owned a cat, you know that cats can be very interesting pets with lots of quirks and odd behaviors. In fact, if you have more than one cat, you may even think that they can communicate with each other without you knowing because they seem to do the same thing at the same time every day! There are several characteristics about cats that are both amazing and fascinating; here are some of the top ten things about cats that people find amazing and intriguing.
1) On carpets
One of my favorite cats-hating facts is that even a low-pile carpet will irritate your kitty’s paws. If you have carpets and a cat, it’s best to put your feline friend on a soft blanket on top of your flooring—or invest in non-skid floor mats.
The average house cat is more active during daylight hours than you might think. While many dozes off in front of an afternoon movie, most cats are actually busy hunting and exploring during the day. In fact, they’re in motion around 65 percent of their waking hours. At night, they wind down with a bit more downtime (32 percent) and sleep (37 percent). With all that activity, it’s no wonder cats spend 16 to 20 hours each day catching up on sleep.
3) When you leave
The best way to tell if your cat loves you is to see how she reacts when you leave. If your cat follows you from room to room, it means that she’s worried or concerned about where you are and wants to be sure that you are okay. When you return home: Some cats will remain anxious for a little while after their owners have left, but many will become instantly relaxed as soon as they realize their loved one has returned.
4) Doors that open by themselves
Who can resist a cat who opens doors by himself? It seems like a magic trick, but it’s actually a quirk of cats’ magnetic sense. As Mark Denny explains in Scientific American, All cats have thousands of special sensors called magnetoreceptors in their mouths and heads.
5) Being touched by strangers
Unlike dogs, who generally consider strangers to be friends you haven’t met yet, cats are typically distrustful of new people and will quickly let you know if they don’t like being petted by someone. That said, all cats are individuals, so some may tolerate a friendly pat on their head—but most won’t.
You can try to bribe your cat with food or use a different, more enticing water bowl, but chances are she won’t drink out of it. The reason is that many cats do not like running water, which they perceive as being dirty. Try filtering your cat’s water. If you have a shower head that can be mounted above her water bowl, put it there so she will drink from it. You could also get a pet fountain and get her used to using that as well.
7) Riding in cars
While a lot of cats enjoy going for rides in cars, not all of them are fans. If you do decide to take your cat along on a road trip, make sure it’s an animal-friendly ride; get one with a carrier or other secure space so your pet doesn’t fall out while you’re driving. Even if they aren’t enjoying themselves, some experts think cats may feel safer if they have an unobstructed view of what’s happening around them.
8) Other pets
There are about 70 million dogs in America, which is second only to humans when it comes to animal species most kept as pets. Americans also spent $55 billion on pet products last year, and that includes all pets—not just cats and dogs. The pet industry will continue to grow in 2015 as more people opt for housepets instead of kittens or puppies.
Dogs are generally more active than cats. This can mean more potential for destruction, especially if you’re looking to build a website to serve a dog-owning audience. As such, it’s probably not wise to use dogs in your example website unless you have pets of your own and understand how and why dogs interact with websites differently than cats.
10) Actually, it’s the owner who should be worried!
If your cat has been acting funny, it could be in pain and might need to go to a vet. It’s common for cats to hide when they are feeling unwell, but if you notice signs that your cat isn’t right, you should take him or her to a vet. Your cat may hate taking pills, but getting treatment can save its life. Keep an eye out for these behavioral changes