Cats are amazing creatures — at least that’s what those who have them as pets think. Still, there are many things even the proverbial cat lady herself may not know about them. Learning as much as you can about your pet will help you better able to tend to her needs. After all, domestic cats are highly dependent upon their human caregivers to meet their most basic needs. See if you already know these things about your favorite felines.
They Can Detect Earthquakes
It is not a proven fact, but many believe that cats can detect earthquakes through the pads on their feet. It is, however, true that the pads of their feet are highly sensitive. Cats have also been known to exhibit rather strange behavior prior to the onset of an earthquake. Some odd behaviors may include, but are not limited to: pacing, hiding under furniture, increased meowing, and staying closer than to you than normal. This behavior might also be an indication of other danger, such as a distant storm.
Cats Dream Too
There is a reason people take “cat naps.” Cats do prefer to laze around napping. However, they also need deep sleep, much like humans do. Did you know they also dream? Once they finally relax enough to go into deeper sleep modes, cats begin dreaming, and their brainwave patterns have found to be much similar to those of humans.
A Nose Bump Is a Handshake or a Hug
As a handshake is a standard greeting between humans, cats bump noses with one another to exchange information about their status. However, unlike a handshake, this ritual is uncommon among cats because only cats that are familiar with one another will feel comfortable enough to let themselves be so vulnerable. For that reason, it may be best to think of it more as a hug.
Chocolate Is Poisonous
It is often said that chocolate can kill dogs, but it also is dangerous to cats. So are a number of other things, such as certain houseplants. Poinsettia leaves, for instance, are poisonous to cats. Be sure to check with a vet about the types of foods your cat can eat, as well as what plants might harm your friend.
These little-known facts can help you better understand your cat and perhaps form a stronger relationship with her. You also will be better equipped to keep her safe from harm. She might even return the favor one day.
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