Cats are animals full of surprises. Although they belong to the large family of felines such as the lion, the panther or the tiger, cats are cuddly companions. Because it is loved by young and old, the cat is present in almost a third of French homes. Today, we invite you to discover the cat from another angle. Here are the 8 hidden talents of the feline that might surprise you.
1. Your cat is a real athlete
We often think of cats as living stuffed animals. It must be said that some breeds, including the Ragdoll, are simply adorable. But even if a cat sleeps between 12 and 20 hours a day, it also has quite incredible physical abilities.
A cat can jump up to 5 times its size. It is his powerful musculature and his great flexibility that allow him to achieve this feat. When jumping, the cat prepares itself by contracting its muscles. He then stretches to break height or distance records. When he lands, the elasticity of his joints and the presence of his pads cushion the fall. In terms of speed, the cat is also excellent. When he hunts, he can run at 50 km/h.
2. Your cat sees at night
The cat has excellent night vision. This faculty is explained by the large quantity of rods in the retina. They are 200 million in cats against 120 million. The pupils of a cat’s eyes also have the ability to present a larger opening in order to let in a large amount of light. If the cat is nyctalope, in other words that it sees at night, it is also thanks to an additional wall at the back of the eye. On the other hand, in complete darkness, it is impossible for him to move. It rarely gets dark! In addition to seeing at night, the cat has excellent vision of movements. This is why he is an excellent hunter. On the other hand, the cat does not see very near or far. He does not perceive colors like us, but that does not handicap him.
3. Cats smell with their mouths.
You thought cats perceived odors with their noses, it’s true! But not only. Cats can also perceive odors with their mouths. How is it possible ? Know that to breathe the cat has two nostrils located on their muzzle. It is thanks to these two small cavities that the air reaches the lungs. In these nostrils are the olfactory membranes which capture the olfactory molecules present in the inspired air. Finally, the vomeronasal organ, also called Jacobson’s organ, is located on the upper part of the palate. It allows the cat to identify its pheromones as well as those emitted by its congeners or itself. Because cats have a second sense of smell, you can see them opening their mouths to detect scents. In general, the cat’s sense of smell is very efficient. Even if it does not reach the performance of that of the dog, it is composed of 200 million olfactory cells. We men have 5 million.
4. Cats communicate differently with their owners.
We all know that the cat meows. But did you know that meowing is used to communicate with you? Between congeners, the meow is not used. It is thanks to him that the cat is so cute, but above all that he leads us to the wand. When a cat meows, we feed it and cuddle it.
The cat also has the ability to express its love with the eyes. To achieve this, he blinks slowly. If your cat tells you that he likes you that way, you can respond by blinking slowly as well.
5. Cats bring bad luck and good luck
Those who love cats are unanimous. Felines fill with happiness. Moreover, in Japan, the famous Maneki Neko is present in homes as well as in businesses. In the land of the rising sun, the cat brings prosperity, security, luck and love. In Ancient Egypt, the cat was also venerated because it protected crops. However, the cat has also been associated with misfortune since the Middle Ages. This superstition is especially true with black cats. These were linked to the devil and witchcraft. By being both lucky and unlucky, the cat makes everyone agree!
6. Cats can make over 100 different sounds
As incredible as it may seem, the cat can make over 100 sounds! Some are familiar like meowing or purring. Others are much less so. Of course, we are not going to list the 100 sounds produced by a cat. But here are the most common.
- The cat’s growl is a warning that the animal is ready to attack.
- The cat’s hiss allows the feline to express its anger. He uses it to intimidate.
- Cooing isn’t just for doves. In cats, it is between meowing and purring. If your companion coos, he is greeting you.
- Chirping is quite rare. When the cat makes this sound, it is both frustrated and excited. Most often, he observes a prey while knowing that he cannot reach it.
- The beep is also very rare. This short and sharp sound allows him to attract your attention.
- The howl is used by the cat to impress and to scare its congeners from its territory.
7. Cats can heal you with their purrs.
The purring of cats is the subject of numerous studies each year. Although this specificity has not yet revealed all its secrets, we know that a cat’s purrs soothe and heal. Besides, if your cat comes at you to purr, you feel good! Vigilance is required with purrs. Although purring therapy is beneficial, the cat may make this sound for reassurance, to reduce pain, or to communicate distress. So you have to be very careful.
8. Cats have 9 lives
This talent has never been proven but your cat would have 7 or 9 lives. The legend has endured for centuries since it existed in Egyptian mythology and in the Hindu tradition. The number 7 is that of perfection and completeness, the 9 meanwhile is the number of resistance and endurance. These beliefs are present all over the world and each country has its history.
Know that your cat may not have 7 or 9 lives, so you need to take care of your pet. If you meet his needs, including emotional ones, your cat will reward you!