Interesting Facts About Cats

Hua Sai Cat Sanctuary



Why do cats prefer whiskers?

Whiskers are coarse hairs embedded in the skin of an animal's face. When they brush against something (like tall grass, or a wall), whiskers cause nerves in the skin where they are attached to send a message to the animal's brain. This tells the animal that it has touched something.
Whiskers are especially useful in dark places, or at night when it is more difficult for the animal to see. Maybe animals find their way in dark places by feeling around with their whiskers. Like our eyelashes, some whiskers tell an animal when to close its eyes for protection.





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Why do cats have tails?

Cats have tails for balance. That is why they can walk on such thin objects and don't fall on their heads or side. It's also what helps cats land on their feet.


Why do cats purr?

Do cats purr only when they are happy, or are there other reasons?
It's fairly widely accepted and understood that cats purr when they're happy and contented. This is without doubt true, but there are also other reasons which are less obvious and may just surprise you!
For their Kittens: When kittens are very young, they can't see, can't smell or hear very well. Mummy's purring causes vibrations and allows the kittens to find her more easily. Her purring also acts as reassurance.

  • More reasons Cats purr include:
  • Acknowledging that he/she likes you and wants to be your friend
  • Telling you he’s/she's friendly
  • He/She is over the moon about something
  • He/She is enjoying her food
  • He/She is settling down for a sleep
  • He/She is having a nice dream
  • He/She is Pleased to see you


Why do cats Meow?

The answer to this question isn't at all straightforward. A cat is an intelligent, complex little creature, and you can learn a great deal by trying to understand them.
It is not difficult to realise when he/she issues a loud meow. It can usually be translated as "I want something” and NOW! Their body language and where they are standing will indicate what it is.
Quiet meow’s usually mean they are either saying "I'm really cute, give me some attention," or they are asking for something that she knows she shouldn't get - like some of the dinner you are eating, for example. And they know they will usually get it.
Loud howls may indicate they are in pain, injured or upset. Check if they are OK when you hear these howls.
Some clever cats learn that howling like a banshee gets them attention, so they'll do it solely for this reason. Check up on them, but refuse the attention, so they learn that this doesn’t work.
Cat fighting screeches are frightening and unmistakable. Cats believe that the loud screeching will frighten their opponent away. (Garfield knows how to do this very well!)
Cat hissing is also unmistakable and may be associated with cat fighting, or it may be telling a human, dog or other animal to back off. It is best to move away if a cat is hissing at you, unless you want to be scratched. Go back to them once they have calmed down.
There are other Meows that will be dependant upon the situation and how they are feeling at the time. Watch and learn the from the signs.





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How long does a cat live?

Indoor cats typically live around 14-20 years although have been known to get into the 30’s. Domestic cats tend to live longer than wild ones, if they do not go outdoors. They then have less risk of injury from fights or accidents and exposure to diseases. If they are spayed or neutered they also have a potentially longer life as this reduces the risk of some cancers. Having female cats spayed before they have any kittens


How big should a cat get?

Cats usually weigh between 2.5 and 7 kg, although some breeds can get to as much as 11.3 kg. Some cats have been known to reach up to 23 kg, but this is usually due to overfeeding. It is not healthy for the cat to be overweight, and should be prevented through diet and exercise, especially indoor cats. Get them some toys and climbing/scratching posts. Cats love to climb and get as high as they can. Our cats love to sleep on top of the kitchen wall cupboards, bedroom wardrobes and on top of the fridge/freezer.


Cat Names:
"Here are some popular ones"

Abbey
Alley (Cat)
Amber
Amethyst
Angel
Ash
Ashley
Baby
Billy
Blackie
Blackjack
Blacky
Blinky
Blondie
Bobby
Boots
Britches
Brushtail
Buddy
Buttercup
Butterscotch
Calico
Callie
Cameo
Candy
Caramel
Cat
Chase
Checkers
Cheshire
Chester
Cindy
Cinnamon
Cleo
Cleopatra
Coffee
Cookie
Copper
Copy Cat
Cricket
Daisy
Domino
Dot
Ember
Esmerelda
Feather
Felicia
Felix
Frisky
Fudge
Garfield
Ginger
Gypsy
Harry
Henry
Hobie
Honey
Hunter
Impi
Isis
Jade
Jasmine
Kitty
Licky
Lucy
Magic
Marmalade
Meow Meow
Merlin
Mew Mew
Mewy
Midnight
Milky
Miss Kitty
Miss Priss
Missy
Misty
Mittens
Mitzy
Moggie
Molly
Money
Morris
Mother
Muffet
Muffin
Muffy
Nemo
Norton
Oscar
Pandora
Patches
Pitch
Precious
Prissy
Purdy
Purry
Pepper
Puss
Puss Puss
Rosie
Ruby
Scat
Snoopy
Scotchy
Shadow
Slippers
Snowball
Sooty
Spicy
Spook
Spooky
Suzie
Tabby
Tabbyskins
Tabitha
Taffy
Tammy
Tailchaser
Teddy
Tibbs
Tibby
Tiddles
Tiger
Tiger Lily
Tigger
Toby
Toffee
Tom
Topaz
Tuffles
Tuffy
Whiskers
Whiskey