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.
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.
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.
Though dogs are typically known to pant as a way to regulate their body temperature and cool down, cats can pant as well. Though cats can sweat small amounts through the pads on their paws, they sometimes need to release body heat through panting.
Panting can also be a sign of overheating or another medical emergency so it's important to always keep an eye on your pet and seek medical help if necessary.
Cat Fights Meoooow!
Who hasn’t woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of two (or even more) cats duking it out? Those howls, hisses, and other threatening sounds could wake even the deepest sleeper! Being extremely territorial animals, cats will fiercely defend their turf, whether that territory is in your home or neighborhood.
Some fighting is caused by particularly aggressive cats or cats feeling stressed. While cats will use body language like hissing or marking to make their presence known, sometimes interactions between these solitary creatures result in these physical fur-ocious fights!