While it’s no secret that many cats HATE water, some cat owners find that their furry friends sometimes don’t even want to DRINK water! Avoiding the water dish can be attributed to biology. Cats evolved from desert-dwelling animals that got their water needs from their prey.
Kitties are also very sensitive to the shape, material, and temperature of the water being presented to them, and generally do not like still or standing water. They are even biologically wired to avoid drinking near their food or where they use the bathroom! Talk about picky drinkers!
Mother Knows Best
Though cats may have a reputation as being aloof or cold, they actually make doting and caring mothers. Not only do they spend hours taking care of and grooming their kittens, but they also give them some much-needed hunting lessons.
Mother cats begin their gory lessons at just a few weeks old. Kittens learn how to locate and hunt prey, first with dead prey and later with live specimens! She also teaches her kittens what to eat, how to bury their waste, and how to correctly socialize. If you thought your parents were tough, imagine making mama cat angry!
It seems that almost every neighborhood has an area where many cats like to congregate. But why do cats, generally considered solitary animals, like to live in cat colonies? The answer is a bit complex — feral felines will form colonies based on available food resources and shelter. Colony members are mostly made up of female cats called “queens” and kittens.
Though they may live together and even groom and nurse one another, they still hunt on their own and do not form interdependent hierarchies the same way dogs do. It seems that these independent animals will... sometimes tolerate group living.
Cats can contort themselves into all sorts of strange kitty yoga-like positions while grooming. In fact, it's estimated that adult cats spend about half their day just grooming themselves! One of the most common reasons for the nonstop grooming sessions is temperature regulation — as they lick, saliva evaporates on their fur to cool them down.
It also redistributes natural oils in their skin and hair to seal in heat and keep moisture out. Plus, grooming stimulates blood flow and helps cats to relax. Though it may seem a bit excessive, it’s purr-fectly normal feline behavior!
Say It, Don’t Spray It
It's the nightmare of every cat owner — your favorite clothing item has been sprayed with a notoriously strong-smelling liquid. Spraying is different from regular urination, however. When a cat sprays, it backs up onto a vertical surface in a standing position and releases fluid out in the open instead of squatting in a hidden location like a litterbox.
Both female and male felines spray, and it's usually a sign they feel threatened, territorial, or stressed because of a change in their environment. Cats spray to send out a message, almost like a “pee”-mail!