We are going to tell you some curiosities about cats while showing you funny photos!
The life expectancy of a domestic cat is about 15 years old. All years are not equivalent in the same proportion to those of humans. One could rather say that they age more slowly. Although the data is not a certainty, you can get an idea of your cat’s human age by following these calculations:
- 1st year: equivalent to 15 years
- 2nd year: equivalent to 10 years
- 3rd-9th year: each year is equivalent to 7 human years
- From the 10th year: each year is equivalent to 4 years for humans.
- For example, if your cat is 4 years old, this is equivalent to 39 human years (15+10+7+7+7).
Although cats usually sleep between 12 and 15 hours when young, they can sleep up to 16-18 hours a day. It’s about 70% of the time. They are attentive to any stimulus, even when asleep. Adults, who are more sedentary and in poorer physical condition, are the ones who sleep the most.
Although purring is one of the most recognizable signs of pleasure in the animal world, you should know that it’s not always the reason why they purr. Females also purr when they are about to give birth, or some cats when sick or frightened.
It is said that they do this to reassure themselves. It is also believed to have a rejuvenating and regenerative function. Because the frequency of purring vibrations promotes bone and tissue repair. The purring of domestic cats has a frequency between 25 and 150 vibrations per second.
Just like human fingerprints, all cats have different noses. You could say it’s like their mark of identity. You will never find two alike. They all have different and unique pattern, indentations and roughness.
Cats are very territorial and consider themselves the owners of the house they live in. That is why, for them, you live on their territory.
- If your cat lies on its back when it sees you, it trusts you. Otherwise he wouldn’t, because in that position he couldn’t defend himself.
- If he licks your face, hair or hands, he’s grooming you! Take it as a big compliment.
- If he rubs you and rubs against you, he considers you his territory, he “marks” you as part of his property.
The whiskers are one of the most important and developed organs, so much so that they should never be cut. They have essential functions such as providing them with a 3D image at close range and in circumstances where visibility is low or non-existent.
Cats cannot see well at a distance of less than 30 cm. The other functions of whiskers are:
- Wind speed measurement, draft detection
- Detect vibrations and movements from a distance
- Communicate with other cats
- Analyze temperature
- Measure a small place to cross
- Know the size of their food bowl
- Calculate the distance of things or people
A cats tongue is rough and harsh to the touch, as it is made up of tiny hooks that help it catch and tear food. They are actually conical papillae, tiny filaments whose main component is keratin. These are not hairs like a lot of people think so.
When they are small, they meow to get their mother’s attention and when they are hungry. As they get older, they stop meowing to communicate, and do so through body language and other types of cues. But since we don’t understand them, they just meow to communicate with us. Incredible, isn’t it?
Cats rarely finish all of their food, as they are very far-sighted and reserve some of it so they won’t run out if new food doesn’t arrive.
It can also happen that they only eat the food located in the center of the bowl. In most cases, this is due to the size of the bowl, which is too narrow or too high and causes discomfort for their whiskers.