Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?
If your kitty is nearby, chances are he is clung to the carpet, having himself a catnap.
There are nights where one can lay awake, doing their best to get some shuddye, and can't help but notice that Little Miss Pickles is on her 15th hour of snooze. 15 hours isn't even an insane amount of sleep for the average feline. They sleep on average 16 hours a day and can average 18-20 hours as they get older!
Do not be alarmed if your lil' feline seems more interested in being in a constant catatonic state rather than giving you nuzzles, their paw-pensity to sleep is only natural.
According to Ohio State University, “Cats don’t have the sleep/wake cycle that we and many other animals have. This is because cats in the wild need to hunt as many as 20 small prey each day; they must be able to rest between each hunt so they are ready to pounce quickly when prey approaches.”
Now that felines went and got themselves all domesticated, there are genetic side effects to deal with - primarily the need to get in as many naps as possible.
Not all nodding off is created equally, in fact over 75% of your cat's sleep is categorized as light sleep - where their senses are sharp and ready for predator or prey. The other 25% is where they're truly getting their dream on. When a cat is engaged in light sleep, you may see their ears twitch or them 'sleeping' in a strange, ready to pounce, position.
However they're sleeping, just know that being out of it for most of the day is a core component of what makes them, them! That conservation of energy just may be the difference between them tolerating your presence and you winding up with more claw marks than you'd care to count.
So grab your favorite blanket, nuzzle a little closer, and get in on his cat nap fever.
Why Do Cats Meow?
The sweet and ever-delicate sound of a kitten meowing for your attention will melt the heart of even the staunches of cat haters. It communicates to us the unabashed need for attention or care. Kittens meow at humans, but they also meow at all sorts of things; from the household turtle, other cats, the groaning fridge, and the tail it can't seem to catch. Often time, kittens will communicate primal needs to their mother through the use of a meow.
As a feline ages, however, the meowing largely stops between cats and is replaced with a variety of strange sounds, from hissing to beeping, growling, and yowling. What is yowling, you might ask?
Yowling is defined as a prolonged distressed cry. Cats often yowl when they feel stressed or threatened by a nearby kitty.
Cats may also yowl, hiss, or growl at its human, but meowing is the preferred communication. Knowing the answer to: "Why do cats meow?" can be very important.
A meow sent from a cat to its person could mean a variety of things. He may be telling you to fill up his bowl of prey, his digestion may be out of whack, his watering hole may have run into and unexpected drought, he could smell a nearby cat in heat, he could be complaining about a painful urinary tract, he may feel a mountain of hair fighting it's way back up, or maybe he just wants to play.
The amount and type of meowing depends on the kind of cat you've adopted. Some cats are more introverted and use their 'words' only when necessary. With others, you would think they're having a cat-chat with the big whiskers in the sky, as they meow incessantly - with seemingly no reason or provocation.
The more time you spend with Catalie Purrtman will elucidate his conversational behavior, and will allow you to better understand and meet his needs.
Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?
What are the first few things that come to mind when you think about a cat's overall look? Chances are, your mind immediately went to whiskers. While dogs also have whiskers, this physical attribute feels inherently feline.
We view feline whiskers as a staple of their clever aesthetic, similar to the ever-sculpted and waxed follicular pride of a lumber jack's jaw line, but those whiskers ain't just for show.
Feline whiskers are extremely sensitive tactile hairs found around a cat's muzzle, near its ears, above its eyes and even on its paws!
These tactile hairs are more incisively known as vibrissae. They work to better sense the environment around them, whether in the dark, in tight spaces, or the air around them. It is a survival tool that informs them of an item's texture and size. These tactile hairs are loaded with nerve endings, keeping their cute faces from the clutches of bigger, likely furrier, predators.
Cats whiskers are not always static, they move based upon a cat's mood or environment. If the whiskers are pulled tightly against their face, the cat may be dealing with some kind of confrontation or feels afraid. A relaxed pair of sprouted silver is a good sign that your fur friend is a happy campurr.
Have you ever found yourself couched up with your kitty cat, caught in a staring contest, only to ask yourself: "Why do cats have eyebrows?"
It's a thought many have, and it's one with a surprising answer.
While cats have silver shoots of hair sprouted from their brow, they don't quite have eyebrows.
Cats have tactile whiskers that sit atop their eyes. These extra whiskers act as feelers for when they find themselves in the dark or in tight places.
With fur covering about 95% of a typical cat, it can be easy to miss the fact that cats do not have eyebrows.
Other times, the fur around their eyes look strikingly similar to what we think a cat's eyebrow would look like!
It is important to remember that a primary function eyebrows serve is to catch dust and sweat that would otherwise irritate our eyes. With fur hugging every inch of that feline face, eyebrows would appear superfluous.
Why Do Cats Chase Their Tails?
When the average person thinks of a companion animal chasing their tail, the first thought is probably a little pup compulsively trotting in an endless circle of delirium. Us cat-insiders know that pups aren't the only tail marathon runners out there.
So yes, cats chase their tails, but why?
As we mentioned earlier, domesticated felines have a series of urges that they simply have to deal with in a comfy, hopefully prey-less, household.
From a very young age, a kittens desire to hunt is strong. We see this when we shake a toy mouse near the face, or why they're hopelessly fixated with capturing and ending the life of the bright red laser pointer.
In the absence of toys, mice, or red dots from another dimension, cats have to hone their senses with what they have available. In this case, one twitching tail is just what the doctor ordered!
With cats not having complete control of their tails, this self chase can serve as a fun and seemingly endless game for them, giving them the confidence they need to feel like a cat who don't need no owner.
Cat's chasing their tails is typically a healthy behavior, but some cats can develop a disorder called feline hyperesthesia, similar to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder found in some humans.
Cats with this disorder are known to have aggravated or hyper episodes. In either of these states, cats may obsess over their tail, endlessly chasing it and grooming it until the fur runs bare. Sometimes, they will instead run around, as if they are chasing a phantom animal.
If you feel your cat is developing feline hyperesthesia, consult with your vet on your best options.