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8 Interesting Cat Facts For All Cat Lovers

Social gathering? Try these cat facts to get the conversation flowing for all cat lovers!

By: Isabelle Orr

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Here, Kitty Kitty

Call your kitty by its name. Photo Inna Vlasova/bigstock.com

Here, Kitty Kitty

Cats respond most readily to names that end in an “ee” sound, which naturally is vocalized in a higher intonation. “A study was done several years ago to show that cats respond to their name much better if the name terminates in a high-pitched sound,” explains veterinarian Dr. Burstyn of Vancouver, BC. “For example, Lancelot ends on a low sound. He’s much less likely to respond [to] that than if we call him Lancey.”

Smelly Cat Pee

Is your cat’s urine normal?. Photo r.classen/bigstock.com

Evol-eww-tion

Due to their desert origins, cats evolved to absorb large amounts of water from their urine to stay hydrated. The result? Extra concentrated, extra smelly cat pee.

Cat's Brain Structure

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Cranium Collab

Ever feel like you and your cat are two of a kind? Research shows that humans and cats share a similar brain structure. The way we process memories, emotions, and the five senses are shared with our feline companions, according to Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, MRCVS, animal behavior chief at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston. 

Cat's Eye Sight

Things that are in your cat’s blind spot. Photo mohamed said ghazy/bigstock.com

Eye See You

Though they have an acute sense of sight and can see exceptionally well in complete darkness—approximately six to 10 times better than humans can—cats have a blind spot under their nose. They cannot see objects well that are directly in front of them, or under their nose or chins. They also perceive motion better than colour. Cats see mostly blues, purples, and greens, perceiving reddish tones less clearly.

Cat Box

Catb boxes to reduce stress and anxiety. Photo Regina Erofeeva/bigstock.com

Cats + Boxes, a Love Affair

Is your cat stressed? Give him a box to hide in. Animal experts believe that small, enclosed spaces make cats feel secure and protected. Shelter cats are sometimes given boxes to snuggle in to reduce their stress levels with good reason. A Dutch study divided 14 shelter-intake cats into two groups—those provided with a hiding box and those without. By measuring the cats’ Kessler and Turner Cat-Stress-Score (CSS), the study determined that cats provided with a box were able to recover faster in their new environment. The researchers determined the hiding box was an important enrichment for the cats to cope effectively with stressors in a new shelter environment in the first weeks after their arrival.

Clowder & Kindle

Do you own a clowder or kindle? Photo Beton studio/bigstock.com

I’ll Take A Dozen!

A group of kittens is called a kindle, while a group of fully-grown cats is called a clowder.

Guess the paws

Is your cat right-pawed or left-pawed? Photo YLYASTIK/bigstock.com

Not Just Southpaws

Male cats are more likely to be left-pawed, while females are more likely to be right-pawed. 11 percent of cats are ambidextrous.

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Cat, M.D.

According to professors at the School of Veterinary Medicine in UCLA, investigators have found that the sound frequency of purring can “improve bone density and promote healing” in humans and cats. 

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By: Isabelle Orr

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