Cats are cute, cuddly and are great pets but is there more to them than meets the eye? Below are 5 interesting facts about the domesticated cat you may surprise you.
Let’s take a moment to absorb this…cats have actually been into Space! The first feline to make the extraordinary journey was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a. “Astrocat”). In 1963, France blasted the cat into outer space in a space flight that last around 15 minutes. Although she didn’t enter into orbit, she did travel 100miles into space before returning safely to Paris where she was welcomed back as a hero.
Ancient Egyptians were one of the earliest civilisations to truly domesticate their cats, making them valued family members. The reason behind this was because cats were natural predators of tiny monsters (rats, scorpions & snakes) that made Egyptian homes unsafe. Cats were regarded as the protector of the home-and of the kingdom itself!
We’re not talking about your love for tuna or your need to sleep all day. This may surprise you but the biological similarities between a human brain and a cat’s brain are a lot more like than that of a dog’s. Cats and humans think in the same pattern, cats receive inputs from the five basic senses and processes that data as a human would. Sciencey part- this is down to similar neurotransmitters which are used to convey data.
Cats hate the water because their fur does not insulate well and they lose a lot of heat when they’re wet. Scientists have pointed out that even in the earliest periods of domestication in Ancient Egypt or in China, cats had limited experience with water so did not require to evolve to deal with it.
The Turkish Van, however, is one cat that likes swimming. Bred in central Asia, its coat has a unique texture that makes it water resistant.
Cats love to sleep! In the very early days of domestication, cats still hunted for food meaning they needed short burst of energy to be effective and this required a lot of sleep. As time passed, cats today still hold this trait and sleep for an average of 13 to14 hours a day. That means a nine-year-old modern day cat has been awake for just under four years of its life.
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