Show Me the Cat Facts- 3 Interesting Facts About Cats
Looking to get add a furry feline friend to the household? Cats can be mysterious creatures with unique personalities and adorable quirks. While popular culture usually paints cat owners as “crazy”, cats have grown in popularity with some statistics showing that there are more cat owners than there are dog owners. Along with a rich history, cats have been shown to be fascinating creatures and even provide some health benefits to their owners.
Established About 4,000 Years Ago
Both cats and dogs started off as wild animals. However, the cats that we have grown to know, and love have their roots set about 4,000 years ago with the ancient Egyptians. These ancient cats were probably drawn to the cities in Egypt due the number of mice that frequented the area. The Egyptians took notice and probably admired the cat’s ability to hunt down mice. Eventually this morphed into a society that worshiped cats which led to some owners even mummifying their cats with them to bring to the afterlife.
Cats have a unique charm that comes with their companionship. Whether it’s their purring nature, ear twitches or their 2 AM running in the hallway escapades, all cats have a quirky trait to showcase. For example, cats rub against your legs as a form of communication. They have scent glands on their cheeks to help transfer their scent to chairs, couches and humans. They also can see well in low-light conditions due to a reflective layer in their eyes. This reflective layer, known as the tapetum lucidum, magnifies incoming light allowing cats to see up to 6 times better than humans.
If you think that is cool, cats also have 32 muscles in their ears to help them find and locate their prey. Comparatively, humans only have 12 muscles in their ears. The muscles on cats allow them to move and locate the direction of sound such as mice or the opening of a can of cat food! In terms of hearing, cats can hear frequencies both above and below ones that can be heard by humans.
Feline Health Benefits
Did you know that cats have been shown to provide health benefits to their owners? It has been show that people who own cats have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to non-cat owners. Also, cats can help the elderly battle depression and loneliness! Need a pick-me-up? Petting a cat has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. A study even found that children under a year old exposed to a cat had a lower chance of developing common allergies such as dust mites and ragweed.
What Does All This Mean?
If you are looking for a furry feline friend, now is the time! Just make sure to keep in happy and healthy with check-ups at the Crossroads Animal Clinic, your Copperfield animal clinic. We offer a variety of services for both feline and canine companions. For more information on our many services, contact us today!