5 Cool Cat Facts You Didn’t Know

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Felines are definitely interesting creatures who always keep us guessing. And each cat has his own unique personality and preferences. But even though you may have shared your home with cats for many years, and even if you have spent many hours as a volunteer in a cat shelter, there are probably still many facts about this species that you were never aware of. Continue reading to learn about some of the most fun facts about felines that will make you love and appreciate them even more than you already do.

Purring Starts at One-Week of Age, and It’s Really a Mystery

When kittens are a mere one week old, they learn how to purr. And what is really neat about their purring is their ability to continue to purr nonstop while inhaling and exhaling, never missing a beat. While they are young, cats purr in monotone. But once they get older, they can purr in two to three different tones to switch things up.

Cats will typically purr when they are content, but they may also use this as a means to comfort themselves when they are not feeling well or when they are in pain. Therefore, do not always assume that a purring feline is a happy one. Look for other signs in the kitty’s demeanor that would alert you to pain or health issues.

Scientists and feline experts have yet to figure out where the purr actually comes from, though. Some believe it may come from the throat, while others think it may actually start in the cardiovascular system.

Cats Really Do Dream

You may have noticed your kitty making strange sounds or twitching his limbs while he sleeps, and you may have wondered if it is possible that he is dreaming. Well, as it turns out, cats are very much like humans in the sense that they, too, can dream. The same brain waves that humans produce when they enter into a deep sleep are produced by cats when they are really relaxed and sleeping deeply rather than just taking a short cat nap.

Cats Can Tolerate Hot Temperatures, and They Sweat

The domestic cat’s ancestors were desert-dwelling felines who got very used to being in hot, dry climates. This is why your kitty prefers a warm environment over a cold one. Nevertheless, if your cat gets too overheated, he will begin to pant and show other signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration that are serious and require immediate attention.

Also, cats sweat through their paws. On a really hot day, you may even notice that your kitty leaves behind wet paw prints as he walks. If this is the case, get him to a cool area and provide him with plenty of wet food and fresh, clean water to rehydrate him and cool him off.

They Use a Different Voice to Communicate with You

When they want to communicate with their human guardians, cats will revert back to their “kitten voice,” or the vocal stylings they used when they were babies to get their mother’s attention. On the other hand, when they communicate with fellow felines, their voice is different because they stick with different sounds to talk to other cats.

Felines are also known for using different voices to manipulate their owners into giving them what they want. As a cat owner, you probably know when your cat wants to play versus when he is begging for food, simply based upon the sound of his voice. Clever, huh?

They Don’t Need to Chew Their Food

Cats have the ability to swallow chunks of food without chewing on it, and their bodies will digest the food just fine. This explains why you find whole pieces of meat on the floor when your cat throws up. Rest assured that this is normal feline behavior, even though it doesn’t make much sense to humans.