How To Understand Cat Behavior: Top 25 Interesting Facts About Pets 

Although they say that a man’s best friend is a dog, many cat lovers can argue with that.

We gathered for you the most interesting facts about these animals and tried to explain their behavior.

Our communication with cats is mythical: the cat does not need anyone, it only sleeps and eats, walks by itself, and perceives the person as a service staff.

There are many such misconceptions and none of them benefit the animal.

Such myths arise from a lack of knowledge about the behavior and specificity of cats. We don’t understand how to communicate with an introverted cat and therefore have no idea how warm this relationship can be. And they can be quite special if you learn a couple of useful skills (which, by the way, will be useful in communicating with people). For example, the ability to observe behavior and keep personal boundaries intact.


  • If a cat follows you from room to room, it is believed to do so to control your actions.
  • When a cat talks about you, it’s not just from affection. So it “sweeps” you like its territory and takes away other smells from you.
  • If a cat is near you and its tail trembles, that’s the highest degree of love it can express.
  • If a cat has brought you prey, like a mouse, that’s how it takes care of you and wants to feed you. It’s important not to scold the cat for the “gift,” but to praise the fuzzy one.
  • If your cat scratches the furniture all the time, dump the place with citrus juice. Cats hate that smell.
  • Not all cats are afraid of water. So, the Turkish van cat loves swimming.
  • Wool care calms cats, neutralizes their aggressiveness. If a cat doesn’t know which way to go or what to do best, it can stop and start licking itself – that’s how it thinks about its decision.
  • If a cat is attacked, it will tightly press its ears to the head. So it will instinctively protect itself from the teeth and claws of the enemy. If the cat attacks itself, the ears are lowered horizontally and sideways, forming a threatening triangle.
  • Cats have healing powers. In folk medicine, there is even a special feline therapy – a method of prevention and treatment of various diseases through contact with cats.
  • It is believed that cat owners are 30% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
  • Cats spend most of their lives sleeping. So, out of nine years, six of your cats will sleep.
  • A cat can jump five times her height.
  • Cats can rotate their ears by 180 degrees because they have 32 muscles in their outer ear. By comparison, human muscles only have six.
  • Cats have 24 more bones than humans. That explains their natural plasticity. However, the cats have no clavicles, which allows them to fit into small holes in which their heads fit.
  • Cats’ hearts beat almost twice as fast as humans (110-140 beats per minute), and their body temperature is about 38 degrees.
  • The “nose print” of every cat is as unique as the fingerprints of a human.
  • In addition to the nose, cats can detect odors using the so-called Jacobson tube located on the upper palate behind the incisors.
  • A cat can give birth to over 100 kittens in its lifetime.
  • The cat has an average of 12 movable mustaches on either side of the face. They contain a large number of nerve endings, so the cat uses them to get information about everything that surrounds it: objects, wind, temperature, etc.
  • The Persian cat is the most popular breed in the world. The second is the Mein-Kun and the third is the Siamese cat.
  • Nutmeg’s oldest cat lived 32 years and was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • If your cat is 3 years old, it’s 21 years old. If you’re 8 years old, it’s 40. If you’re 14, it’s 70 years old.
  • Cats can make about 100 different sounds. By comparison, dogs are only about 10.
  • Cats were subject to the Inquisition. Pope Innocent VIII considered them to be conduits between witches and the forces of evil. By killing cats in Europe, people got a rat infestation and a plague epidemic.
  • According to the University of Lyon, there are about 400 million domestic cats in the world. Australia has the largest number of domestic cats, with 9 cats for every 10 inhabitants. At the same time, there are countries, such as Peru, where the pet cat is rarely found.

All of these features are individual. There are a lot of cats who want to be around, sit on their knees, or crawl on top of you while they sleep. And they’re very negative about touching, hugging, and kissing. They’re just ready to be around.

There are no magic buttons or secrets in dealing with animals. Cats and cats can be excellent companions if treated with respect and, more importantly, as cats, not as human beings.

Recommendations for a better understanding of the animal:

  1. Book of Christine Hauschwild «Contents of cats with the mind».
  2. Susanne Schötz resource.
  3. Charity lecture on enriching the cat environment in a city apartment.

I hope you benefit from this topic, if you like this article, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

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