Ever wondered how cats always land naturally on their feet?
Cats, on most occasions, do tend to land on their feet when pouncing from tall heights. The reasons for cats landing on their feet are:
Strong “righting” reflexes
They can easily twist their bodies until they are the correct side up.
They have the ability to extend their legs to increase their surface area to minimize the fall.
But in saying all this, it is important that you prevent your cat from being in a position of falling from great heights as not all cats can land on their feet. Keeping your windows closed or ajar only slightly and keeping the doors closed to the balcony will help keep your cat grounded.
Ever wondered what your cat was trying to tell you with its purr?
Cats purr for different reasons – when they are happy, when they are stressed and when they are hungry. It is thought that a higher-pitched purr means that the cat is hungry. Cats often purr in the hospital when they are not well. Studies have shown that purring may help release stress.
Ever wondered why cats love catnip so much?
Catnip is a plant from within the mint family. The plant contains a chemical which cats go crazy about. We know cats love catnip by their twitching whiskers, head butting, body rolling and playful nature they display when they are around it. If your cat does not go crazy over catnip, don’t worry, as not all cats react to the plants charms. Only two thirds of cats have inherited the gene.
Catnip is nontoxic to cats but can have these effects on cats for up to 15 minutes. After this time they often are calm and content.
Ever wondered if your cat is bored?
If your cat spends all day, every day indoors, it could be at risk of “bored cat syndrome”. As cat people, you need to make sure that your home is full of fun things for our cats to do all day. Keeping your cat active will also prevent boredom and obesity.
Here are some fun things to add to your home to entertain a cat all day:
- Tall cat trees with shelves
- Carpeted shelving
- Runways around the rooms
- Window perches
- Hanging toys for your cat to try and catch
- Treat balls
- Hide a couple of healthy treats around the house (always find them when you get back to avoid rotten treats around the house)
Ever wondered why cats get fur balls?
Fur balls are created when cats groom too much. Hair is collected in their stomach and it can cause problems like blocking of the intestines and vomiting. It is normal for cats to groom to keep themselves clean, but too much grooming is not good. Fur balls occur commonly in longhaired cats and cats with skin problems or parasites like fleas.