Cats have been part of the daily life of men for centuries. They were idolized by the Egyptians during antiquity thanks to their hunter qualities, then renounced in the Middle Ages because of superstitions and finally back in the homes during the contemporary era. Today the cat has an important place in France with 28% of French households who own one. Cute, cuddly and funny, cats also dominate the Internet with more than 2 million videos of cats available on Youtube in 2015 and more than 6.5 billion cats posted on the web, as well as the word “cat” which is one of the most frequent searches on the Internet. In 2002, the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) decided to make August 8th International Cat Day! And on this occasion, we suggest you discover ten things you do not know about our feline friends!
A cat spends 70% of its life sleeping.
It is not uncommon to see your cat dive into Morpheus’s arms on a couch, chair or bed when he is not asking for food. And for a good reason! A cat spends 2/3 of its life to sleep an average of 16 hours a day over a year. Kittens can even sleep up to 22 hours a day. If cats sleep so much, it is because they reserve their energy for hunting. Even if cats want to eat, they will want to play to keep their hunting abilities intact and stimulate his muscles. The purring of the cat has therapeutic effects. The “purring” of cats has a therapeutic virtue! When the cat purrs, we perceive its vibrations at a low frequency (between 20 and 50 hertz) through nerve endings located flush with the skin. These sound vibrations are a boon for the body because they cause the production of serotonin within our body (the hormone of well-being). But that’s not all, and cats purr when wounded so they can recover faster thanks to the vibrations they emit!
Cats meow only to communicate with Humans.
It is more accurate to say that adult domesticated cats meow only to communicate with their owners. Surely you have wondered why your cat was often meowing in your company? Wildcats do not mew between them, and they keep this language for humans. And if we say a word, it is an attempt to communicate between your cat and you. If your cat is meowing, it’s because he has something to tell you! Whether to eat, to welcome you, to ask for hugs, or “talk” with you. So if you talk to your cat telling you that he does not understand anything anyway, that’s wrong, he’ll try to answer you, he does not know-how.
Cats use their heads to fall back on their paws.
The famous theory of toast, “And if I put a slice of bread on my cat’s back and I let it go, what’s going on? “. Do not worry; nothing happens, no supernatural phenomena or other fantasies! But how do you explain that a cat always falls on its feet? The cat has “sensors” in his whiskers (more commonly called vibriosis) that allow him first to obtain the necessary information on the distance that separates him from the fall. In a second time, he uses his inner ear to make the difference between the top and the bottom. Thus, thanks to its flexible anatomy, the cat starts by turning his head back then his body and finally his legs.
There is music for cats.
It is known that music awakens emotions in all of us. Anger, motivation, sadness, joy, happiness, nostalgia. It’s the same with cats! Researchers have realized that the sounds that soothe our hairballs are those related to their first weeks of life such as purring, sucking or “patronage”. Thus, CDs have been developed especially for our feline friends and work correctly for stressed cats!
Cats were mandatory onboard ships for several centuries
Sailors hate rodents, and cats hunt rodents. To protect their supply of food, ropes and other items that our rodent friends love to nibble, the sailors welcomed several cats in their crew for their crossings. So they could count on our hairballs to fulfil their role as guardians of the seas. We can quote a famous phrase of Charles Colbert du Terron Minister of the Navy during the 17th century “This ship can navigate, there are two cats on board.
The mayor of an Alaskan town was a cat for 19 years.
In 1998 was elected Stubbs, a cat, as mayor of Talkeetna Township in Alaska. Not appreciating the candidates running in the elections, the villagers decide to make Stubbs a representative in the polls. A surprise when a few days later, Stubbs is elected mayor. This red kitten held his post until the end of his life and was an icon for this little village. The story is not over yet; however, as the owners of Stubbs are thinking of introducing Denali, their second cat as a successor!
There are cat bars in France.
In 2004, he opened the first cat’s bar (Neko coffee) in Japan. The principle is simple, around a cupcake, a tea or a smoothie, you can pamper, feed, or play with different cats present. Much appreciated, the concept eventually spread to France where currently many cities have their cat bars! Paris, Nantes, Lyon, Toulouse or even Reims, for example. But do not worry, the bears have their law. It is forbidden to disturb cats sleeping and to take them in your arms, and it is obligatory to wash your hands before settling down. The happiness of these cats from shelters is the priority for owners of cat bars. It is even possible if you like one of these balls of hair, to adopt it!
The giant cat in the world currently measures 1.20 meters.
The giant cat in the world is called Omar and is a Maine Coon measuring 1.20 meters. He currently weighs 14 kilos and lives in Melbourne Australia! He succeeds Stewie, who was 1.23 meters tall, but who unfortunately died a few years ago. Omar will soon join Guinness World Records.
Your cat can buy insurance until the age of 8 with Cat Indoor.
Thanks to our Cat Indoor formula, all apartment cats can subscribe to our insurance until eight years of the animal. Your contract continues once the eight years passed until the end of your companion’s life. What protect your cat and offer him the best veterinary care!
In the end, after so many centuries of living with our friends and with all the services they have given us, we can say that they deserve their World Day! So let’s take the opportunity to make them big messes and show them how much we love them!