Cat Tales

I thought it might be fun for those of us that love cats and for some that really don’t care one way or another to learn something about cats.

So I decided to present “Cat Tales,” an article filled with “did you ever wonder why and did you know,” things about cats in general.

Did you ever wonder why cats became known as “independent creatures?”

Cats give the impression that 98.9 percent of the time they do not need us. They have a quiet and dignified sense of composure, totally unlike a dog. They prefer not to learn tricks, unless you find a cat that is obsessed with food and will do anything for a treat.

Cats for the most part learn from their own experiences, both the good ones and the bad ones.

Cat are not team players, dogs are.

Why aren’t they?

Well, they were created to be solitary hunters. It is hard to hunt, stalk and pounce on your prey if you are with a group.

Wild dogs live in packs as a means of survival and though some feral cats live in groups, it is not necessary for a cat’s survival.

Cats are very subtle about how the show affection a gentle rub against you, a blink of an eye or the gentle kneading when they are petted are all signs of affection.

Why do cats knead and sometimes drool when you are petting or scratching them?

They are remembering days gone by when “Mom” licked them and made them feel loved.

It is also said because cats were treated as royalty and worshipped as gods in the days of ancient Egypt they have never forgotten that and expect it today.

Maybe, that is why “dogs have masters and cats have staff?”

Ever wonder how cats communicate?

Cats use scent, sound, body language and touch to communicate with each other and with you, too.

To a cat, their sense of smell is one of the most useful tools it has next to its hearing.

From the odor of another cat, whether it is from their urine spray or from rubbing on an object, the next cat can tell when the cat was there and a great deal of other information about it.

Cats show affection to one another by rubbing against each other and by lifting its tail and allowing the other cat to sniff its rear end.

Body language is fairly easy to tell with ears laid back, a tense body or a tail snapping back and forth it is easy to figure our your cat is mad at something or someone.

A cat has three types of sound purring which can indicate a happy cat or one in distress (cats that are ill or hurt purr, believe it or not.) A moderate mew usually indicates a need for food, play or pets, while loud meow sounds or hissing indicates trouble is brewing.

Did you know that a cat’s memory is 200 times stronger that of a dogs and a cat has even more memory than a chimp or a monkey. I don’t know who figured that out.

So the next time you see your cat sitting and staring out into space, you will know that it is either remembering days gone by or is plotting its next move.

It is said that 60 percent of a cat’s personality comes from its father (now that explains a lot.)

Did you know that if you decorate with fabrics that do not have a vertical weave and you provide your cat with several good scratching posts your furniture can be “shred free.”

Cats do not like fabrics like denim, canvas, velvet, tapestry fabric or other hardy fabrics to scratch on,

Did you know that any adoption that includes a fee ($1.00 or more) the seller is required by law to give you an official veterinary certificate? The certificate should show the name of the breeder, the vet’s name, details of the shots given, the cat’s health and much more.

Did you know cats age differently than dogs?

A cat at one year is equivalent to 15 years in human age, at two years it is equal to 24 years and then after that you add 4 years to each human year (24 years plus 4 years equals the cat’s third year.)

Did you ever wonder where pussy willows came from?

Legend has it, that many, many years ago, one spring in a country, far away there was a large surplus of kittens being born. The farmers, not needing all these kittens to catch the rats around the neighboring farms decided to toss the kittens into a nearby river.

The river bank was lined with willow trees. On the eventful day that the farmers were going to throw the kittens in the river, all the mother cats went down to the river bank and sat there crying very loudly for their kittens.

The willow trees, hearing the crying tried very hard to help the mother cats.

The trees lowered their branches and were able to save many kittens, but many more were lost.

As a result every spring after that, in memory of the lost kittens, the willow trees would burst forth in little gray buds, soft as a kitten’s ear and that is why they are called “pussy willows.”

In future articles I will try to bring forth more of the mysterious information that surrounds our feline friends. We will learn together the ‘inner workings” that control the mind of “our cat.”

Thank you for joining me.