Understanding Your Cat
Posted on July 19 2023
Wouldn't it be great if your cat could talk to you and tell you what it's thinking? Have you ever wondered why it does what it does or why you might have a pet that likes to bring you little "gifts?" In this blog, I'm hoping to answer some of your questions and help you to get more acquainted with your furry feline.
Why Do Cats Purr?
You may think that your cat only purrs when it's happy, but this is not always the case. Purring can also indicate relaxation, self-healing, or even as a means of communication. When your feline friend curls up in your lap and starts to purr, it's their way of expressing contentment and affection. Another way that a cat shows affection is by rubbing up against you or by blinking slowly. Their affection is shown in subtle ways, unlike your beloved pooch who may smother you the moment you walk through the door.
Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?
Cats are famous for being excellent sleepers, and it's not uncommon to see them napping throughout the day. This behavior is rooted in their wild ancestry when they had to conserve energy for hunting. On average, cats sleep for 12-16 hours a day, and older cats tend to sleep even more. It's completely normal and healthy for them to be snoozing most of the time. You may also notice that many cats appear to be "night owls," and this is why!
Why Does My Cat Bring Me Gifts?
Have you woken one morning, or perhaps been woken in the middle of the night to your fur ball, proudly bringing you something you really didn't need? It's hard to be cross at them when they look so delighted with the gift they've brought to you as their most loved. Usually this is something they have hunted and believe it or not, they are showing you signs of affection. In the wild, mother cats teach their kittens to hunt by bringing them prey to practice their skills.
So, when your cat brings you a present, it's their way of showing that they consider you part of their family. Sorry if I've just made it even harder to be cross when this happens.
Can Cats See In The Dark?
Cats have incredible night vision, thanks to a higher number of rod cells in their retinas. This enables them to see well in low light conditions, making them highly efficient hunters during the night. While they can't see in complete darkness, their eyesight is far superior to ours in dimly lit environments.
Do Cats Really Hate Water?
The stereotype of cats disliking water stems from their grooming habits. Cats are meticulous groomers and prefer to keep themselves clean. While not all cats are fond of water, some breeds, like the Turkish Van and Maine Coon, actually enjoy it. Remember, if you introduce your cat to water gradually and gently, they may become more accepting of it over time.
I hope this has given you a little more insight to your precious pet. Of course, each cat is unique and will display different traits and ways of communicating with you. But one thing is for certain, you will always be a special person in your cats everyday life and if they could understand exactly what that "meow" was saying, I'm quite certain it would be something like, "I love you...now feed me."
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