Cats to carnival enthusiasts
You might think your home is your castle, but your cat does not think so. Your cat thinks your home is its catsle.
Who got it wrong? Well, let's think.
On your keyboard, in your shelf,
on top of your roof, on top of yourself,
under your grill and in your bed,
behind your player and in your shed,
in your chimney, on top of your fridge,
in your laundry, on your roof's ridge,
sits your cat.
If your cat does like a place,
it is the cat who makes its case.
And is it really you who decides
if from a bowl or a vase it imbibes?
I think we have proven in detail,
that your home is a catsle - without fail.
Better watch your sliced turkey.
Cats are like any other drug addict – if the right stuff is available, they will go for it. The most famous narcatic is Nepeta Cataria (Catnip); other narcatics include Salvia sclarea, a form of sage, Cat Thyme, or Valerian.
About 50 percent of cats – housecats and also wild cats such as lions or tigers - are genetically drawn to catnip. Cats without the catnip gene don’t care about catnip at all; also very young and very old cats don't show much appetite for catnip.
Cats use objects for solitary catwondo, or they play it with other cats. This kind of catwondo might seem a little rough to human observers, but most often it is pure fun for your cat to chase, bite and scratch another cat. They for example like to hide behind corners so they can attack their unsuspecting feline buddy that might walk along.
They simply enjoy putting their skills to a test, and they feel contentment and pride when they are able to solve a problem such as getting fire irons in motion or kicking pencils from a desk.
In the world of an average house cat, there is plenty of time for napping, since food is on the table and safe and comfortable places are everywhere in and around the house.
Your cat might nap for fun or nap out of boredom or nap out of necessity, but it will always nap a lot: The average cat naps for incredible 13-18 hours a day. Only the oppossum and the bat can do better than that.
Cats are five star masters of solicicatting. Techniques include meowing, purring, throwing themselves - under risk for their dear life - in your way. Cats have on average 100 different meows compared to 10 different woofs of an average dog.. In fact, their solicicatting skills are so amazing, if it wasn't for the obvious harrassment factor, we should all learn from them.
Cats like to show their esteem and affection by catering for you.
Most cats only bring you the mice they don't like to eat, such as shrews, and they keep the delicious field mice for themselves. Just don't be too judgemental about it..
Not all living creatures your cat brings in the house have to be considered a sponsored meal for you. Often, cats bring in mice to play with them till their prey drops dead. But when the cat places the mouse or bird in front of your bedroom door or in your house entrance, you can be pretty sure it was meant as a special gift for you. If your cat is a good hunter, better wear slippers in the morning.
Special Agent Whiskey's top investigative priorities are to find its food bowl, to determine the freshness of its litter box, and to find foreign intelligence operations such as another cat.p> To qualify as an agent, Whiskey first had to pass a sense of smell test. Turns out, that the cat's sense of smell is excellent, about twice as good as the one of humans (but not nearly as good as the one of dogs).
Cats hear about 4 times better than humans, and they also hear sounds higher in frequency than humans can perceive.
When a sound attracts the cat's attention, it aligns its ears into the direction the sound seems to come from, and it bends its ears forward to catch the sound as best as possible.
The cat's whiskers are also bent forward and fanned broadly, so they can help identify the source of the sound. (Whiskers provide information on the width of gaps and on the location of objects, both by touching objects directly and by sensing air currents).
Sounds and noises are crucial for the cat's sense of orientation. This is why cats that are relocated to a new place best stay in one room for a week. This way, they can focus on the new noises they hear, and they can build up a new "noise image" that will make sure they find home once they start venturing around again.