10 fun facts about your cat

How much do you know your cat? You most likely don't know him as well as you think. These felines are much more than adorable creatures; they are really fascinating. Not only are they great companions, but they're also incredibly interesting, from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. In this article Tsitsos the cat will tell you 10 curiosities about cats that will surely surprise you.

1. Every cat's nose is different, just like its fingerprint.

There are no 2 cats with the same nose in the world. Each cat's nose is unique. I guess you won't be able to unlock her iPhone without her nose print!

2. Cats use their characteristic "meow" to communicate with humans

Despite popular belief, when a cat “meows” it is sign of communicating with humans, not other cats. When he meows at you, he is most likely trying to get your attention. In fact, they communicate differently with each human, they have a type of meow for each person.

3. Cats spend a third of their time grooming.

We could say that they love to be shiny! Grooming helps them keep their skin and hair healthy, regulate its temperature, increase blood circulation, remove loose hair and dirt.

4. Some suffer from separation anxiety

The old belief that cats are completely independent is false. They do not like to be alone, and they show signs of separation anxiety when they withdraw from the person with whom they share a strong bond.               

If your cat follows you as you prepare to leave the house, cries or attacks objects when you are away, or is over-excited when you return, then it may be sad when you are away. Separation anxiety can also cause physical signs such as decreased appetite, difficulties urinating (known as idiopathic cystitis), or even vomiting. We recommend that you go to your veterinarian to check that your feline has no health problems. Remember to leave toys with which to keep entertained when you are not.

5. They have the ability to smell with their mouth

Cats have a small gland on the top of their mouth, just behind their front teeth, that connects to their nose. When they want to smell in great detail, they open their mouths wide, even seeming to smile.

6. Create bonds through interaction with humans

The way cats relate to humans is largely determined by how they interact with them when they are very young. Between 2 and 16 weeks of age is when they get used to interacting with humans and are less likely to run away from them. This is a critical period in their development, as it is the time when they separate from their mother and go to their new home.

7. Cats express their love with their eyes

According to experts, cats express their love when they look at you and blink slowly. Humans can respond with a long, calming gaze.

8. Purring can express pain

Purring helps cats calm down when they are in trouble. Many people associate the calming sound of the cat's purr with a happy state, but it does not always mean that the animal is. They can also use purring to calm down when they are anxious or in pain.

9. Your cat age.

One year of cat is equivalent to the age of a teenager between 15 and 17 years old. Each year of a cat's life corresponds to about 5 or 6 human years. Between 11 and 14 years old they are already senior, with an age of 60-72 human years.

10. Cats have exceptional hearing

Did you know that cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees to identify sounds? Not only that, but the characteristic cone shape of their ears amplifies the sound. This explains why the cat hears an average of 5 times more than an adult person. Incredible true?

Did you know your cat as well as you thought? We hope you enjoyed these curious cat facts as much as we did.

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