The secret life of cats: amazing facts you never knew about cats!

Ever wondered what your kitty gets up to when he goes on a roaming expedition and returns hours later? Cat owners have long been trying to understand the feline mind and behaviour. Simply put, cats are complicated! One minute, they are cuddly and cute and the next minute, aloof and irritated. Unlike dogs, we humans have never been able to dominate the cat species. We all know that they can’t be trained or controlled. We dance to our kitty’s tune, and are only too happy receive whatever love and affection they are willingly to dish out – on their terms, no less!

Recently National Geographic Wild flighted a documentary called The Secret Life of Cats which revealed the true nature and essence of this beautiful creature. Using the latest scientific research together with macrophotography (extreme cat close-ups), illuminating thermal images and slow-motion footage, researchers were able to capture the secret lives of cats.

Some interesting facts we’ve discovered:

1. There is a predator living inside your cat

According to researchers, your cat has the same predatory nature as a 300kg Bengal tiger. Their hunting strategy is to run after their prey and then pounce – they adjust their speed to the speed of the moving target and judge distance by pouncing. Can you believe that your precious kitty can run at almost 48 km an hour?
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2. Cats can hear when they sleep

Your cat has almost fully functional hearing while he sleeps. Sounds unbelievable? It’s true! Cats have the ability to hear while they are asleep - especially higher frequency sounds. They depend on their hearing completely while they are sleeping to keep them alive should anything go wrong in the “outside world”. They would then be ready for action in a heartbeat.
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3. Near sighted or long-sighted?

Have you ever given your cat a treat and dropped it right in front of him but yet he doesn’t even acknowledge the bait? Guess what? He can’t actually see it! Their close-up vision is very poor and therefore have to rely on smell. It helps with hunting their prey.
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4. Cats only purr when they are content

Wrong! Cats don’t only purr when they are relaxed and content. They also purr when they are nervous, scared or in pain. The cat purr also has healing powers for humans – when a person is petting a purring kitty, it can lower their blood pressure and keep them calm.  So if you have high blood pressure ……. Get a cat! 
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5. Advanced sense of hearing

Cats have the most incredible sense of hearing. They are able to distinguish between different pitches and tones. They have the unique ability of hearing much higher pitches than we can. Because their ears can move and swivel, this is very helpful to finding the location of sounds. They can even distinguish between sounds as close as 7 cm apart. In the documentary, The Secret Lives of Cats, a cat could hear a mouse scratching from 30 feet away. Amazing!
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6. Cats have nine lives

Not true! While our beloved feline friends have earned the reputation of having nine lives, they actually only have one. Climbing trees, running in front of cars, jumping from high-rise buildings and still surviving has earned them this immortal status. Their ability to always land on their feet is because of their “righting reflex” – cats have unbelievably good balance and reflexes! Their back bones are so flexible which allows them to twist around quickly in the air and then to correct themselves when they land.
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7. Sense of touch

Cats sense touch in the same way that we do – they use their paws and body, but also their whiskers. Their whiskers offer an extraordinary aspect of the cat sense of touch. Cat whiskers, also referred to as tactile hairs are especially sensitive and they help your kitty to sense her surroundings and work her way through small spaces. They can even help your kitty to sense changes in wind direction, air pressure or temperature. Another amazing feature to be mentioned is that a cat’s side whiskers are able to extend like a shield to feel obstacles or barriers.  
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8. Sweet dreams are made of mice – what do cats dream about?

Cats dream just like us! When they enter a deep sleep, they produce the same brain wave patterns as  humans do when we dream. There is scientific evidence that proves that a cat can dream while sleeping. Cats like humans experience two types of sleep – REM and non-REM(deep sleep). During REM sleep, cats sleep for about 30% of the time. This is when the eyes move rapidly and the dreamer may seem quite active, but in actual fact they are difficult to wake up. Dreaming usually happens during this stage and is more common in younger cats, than older ones.  
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Did you know that Feelgood Pets has a wide range of products specially formulated to treat cat ailments?

Here are the Top Five Feelgood Pets natural remedies that are regularly ordered by our cat-loving customers!
Allergy Itch Ease  - a homeopathic remedy for itching skin allergies
Skin & Coat Tonic – to improve skin and coat condition and skin health
Immunity & Liver Support – to boost the immune system
PetCalm – a homeopathic remedy for anxious and stressed pets
FeliSafe – a homeopathic remedy for cat flu & viral infections in cats
UTI-Free – a natural treatment for pet bladder infections 

 

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