Most cat owners are used to being watched by their tiny overlords (oops, we mean pet cats!). But it turns out that this constant monitoring is actually a learning exercise. Cats are fast learners and can quickly memorize our patterns — for example, learning where the snacks are kept or even how to open cabinets.
Studies have shown that cats learn from watching other cats and sometimes humans. There are even examples of cats using their litter box while their owner is also using the bathroom! Though they may look innocent, cats are constantly memorizing our patterns and behaviors.
Nose to Nose
Many cat owners love when they get a little ‘boop’ on their nose by their pet cat. But why do cats enjoy touching nose to nose? Many experts believe that, for cats, touching noses is the equivalent of humans shaking hands — a standard cat greeting.
This nose-touching behavior begins with their mother. From learning who a cat is to where they’ve been, to even serving as a way for dominant cats to pass scents onto more submissive ones, his gentle touch is used to convey a variety of messages and glean all sorts of information.
Don’t Be Rude!
While dogs are often called “man’s best friend”, the same can’t always be said about cats. Though cats make amazing companions and can be very loving pets, they do have a reputation for being unfriendly. Their aloofness, however, may be tied to their evolutionary biology.
Some experts attribute their coldness to the fact that they were domesticated later than dogs and so they have held onto their wild traits for longer than dogs. Though they are naturally solitary animals, cats do crave attention and social interaction — just on their own terms!
Cat paws are undeniably cute. But while they're adorable, they sometimes have a rather unique odor — a smell many compare to corn chips! But what causes the phenomenon known jokingly as “Fritos feet?”
Both dog and cat paws contain glands that release pheromones, sweat, and different scents. An overgrowth of bacteria and yeast can cause an infection that can result in a strong corn-chips-like smell. While some may find the scent endearing, a strong scent can also be a sign that your pet needs to go to the vet.
Creepy Cat Calls
From hissing to high-pitched meows, cats can exhibit a wide array of interesting sounds. But one sound is probably the most disturbing as it can sound eerily like a baby crying. Known as caterwauling, this sound sounds like a whining howl or yowl that wavers in volume level.
Though cats may make this noise for attention or due to illness, this bizarre noise is usually used in courtship rituals. Female cats in heat may caterwaul to get male attention, while unneutered male cats may make the sound when they sense a female is in heat.