5 Interesting Facts About House Cats

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Cats have long relationship with humans

Ancient Egyptians may have first domesticated cats as early as 4,000 years ago. Early Egyptians worshipped a cat goddess and even mummified their beloved pets for their journey to the next world—accompanied by mummified mice! Cultures around the world later adopted cats as their own companions.

Cats can recognize their owner’s voice

In 2013, scientists demonstrated that cats can recognize their owner’s voice. To test this, the researchers played cats recordings of either their owner calling them or other people calling their name. The cats were the most responsive to their owner calling. This response was mostly seen in terms of the cat moving its ears or head, rather than walking towards the voice as a dog might.

Cats do have attachment to their owners

In September 2019, scientists announced that cats appear to display traits of the “secure attachment” seen in dogs, where the presence of a human caregiver prompts behaviours signalling security and calmness. Cats also seem to experience separation anxiety, which indicates that they feel attachment to their owners. When separated from their human owners, cats are more likely to display stress behaviors such as urinating and defecating in inappropriate locations, excessive vocalization, destructiveness and excessive grooming.

Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping

If you thought cats spent a lot of their lives sleeping, you’d be right. According to Veterinary Hub, Cats actually spend 70% of their lives sleeping, which works out to around 13-16 hours a day. It’s a cat’s life!

Cats cannot taste sweet foods

Cats lack the receptor for sweetness. That's because one of the two genes necessary to make the sweetness receptor got permanently switched off millions of years ago. This means that even if you are tempted to give your cat a bite of whatever you're eating, it's important to understand that not only may it not be good for them, they might not even like it.

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