10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cats

Cats are mysterious and diverse animals. They have a unique way of interacting and communicating with their owners and each other. If you are new to owning a cat, there are a few things you need to know in order to take care of them properly. For instance, they are not like dogs in many ways and require different ways of being taught. You can yell or spank your dog when they’re in trouble, but that will not fly with your cat. 


Taking the time to learn common cat behaviors will help you better understand and take care of your pet. With that in mind, here are 15 facts that you may not know about cats. 


1. Despite Popular Belief, Many Cats Are Actually Lactose Intolerant 

Although it’s extremely tempting to give your kitten warm milk, it usually results in stomach cramps and diarrhea for most felines. Their bodies do not properly digest dairy products like milk, yogurt, or cheese. To save them from any stomach pain and discomfort, I would suggest avoiding dairy altogether for your cat. 


2. The Average Cat Sleeps 16-18 Hours A Day 

If your cat sleeps a lot, even most of the time, don’t worry. The average cat sleeps around 16-18 hours every day. You might be thinking that your cat is lazy, or sleeps too much, but it’s actually very normal for them to sleep a lot. 


3. Indoor Cats Live Longer

Indoor cats will live anywhere from 10 to 20 years, whereas cats who live outside face many more safety and health risks. Outdoor cats typically live anywhere from 2 to 5 years due to diseases, weather conditions, or other various threats. If you do plan on allowing your cat outside, be sure to take the precautions of vaccinating your cat to prevent diseases and place an Intelitag on their collar to locate them if they do get lost. 


4. Cats Spend Up To 1/3 of Their Day Grooming 

Cats use their rough tongue, comb-like paws, and teeth to clean their entire body for several reasons. Grooming helps to regulate their body temperature and stimulate circulation. It also eliminates parasites, infections, and allergies, while preventing hairballs! Another reason cats tend to obsessively groom themselves is that they may feel embarrassed or anxious. Grooming gives them something to do. 

5. Cats Have A Detached Collarbone 

Cats do have a collarbone, it’s just detached or free-floating which makes it easy for them to fit through small spaces. 


6. Slow Blinking Is A Sign of Trust or Fondness 

Certified feline behavior consultants say that slow blinking is a sign that your cat trusts you. It can also signify that your cat is relaxed and comfortable in your presence. You can communicate that the feeling is mutual by slowly blinking back at them. 


7. Cats Greet Each Other by Touching Noses 

Cats typically ‘Meow’ to communicate with humans, but to communicate with other cats they use physical contact. They greet each other by touching noses and something rubbing against each other. 


8. Cats Can Jump 5 Times Their Height, or Higher

Cats are extremely agile and can jump up to 5 (or more) times their height! Keep this in mind if you’re installing a fence in your yard so they can’t hop out. 


9. Cats Only Sweat Through Their Paws 

Cats are born with sweat glands in their paws and a few other areas that are hairless, rather than all over the body like humans have. One of the ways that they regulate their heat is by grooming.


10. Cats Use Their Tails For Balance + Communication 

A cat’s tail is used mainly for balance, but they also communicate with them also. Different tail postures indicate different moods and feelings. For example, when their tail is straight up, they are greeting you. 



Overall, cats are fairly easy to understand once you’ve learned their way of life. Better understanding your cat will help you to easily communicate with them, and therefore your bond will grow stronger. Learn more tips, tricks, and advice on your pet here












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