Despite their reputation for independence, cats have a way of warming your heart and making you their favorite human. These creatures with soft fur and mysterious eyes have much more to see beneath the surface than meets the eye.
If you’ve ever wondered what secrets only cat owners know about these adorable pets, here are some little-known truths about cats you might want to know.
1. Adaptation to routine
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Cats are remarkably adaptable creatures. If you have a daily routine, they will adapt to it easily. For example, if you usually go to bed at a specific time, your feline friend might communicate their bedtime preference by curling up or meowing to lead you to bed.
On the other hand, if you’re trying to sleep in, they could become your lovely alarm clock, ensuring you get up at your usual time.
2. Graceful recovery
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Cats are known for their agility and their ability to land on their feet after a fall. But when it doesn’t, they have a unique response. They begin to prepare as if to say: “There is nothing to see here; pass.’
This behavior often occurs when they feel embarrassed by this unsightly moment. It’s a charming and humorous display of their resilience.
3. Random Midnight Sprints
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Cats are known for their inexplicable sprints at midnight. In the middle of the night, your feline friend might suddenly launch into high-energy play sessions, dashing around the house with unparalleled agility. These antics can be both confusing and entertaining.
4. Snoring cat
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Just like humans, cats can snore. Although this may surprise some, it is relatively common.
If you notice your cat snoring, don’t worry immediately. However, it is always a good idea to have them examined by a veterinarian to ensure that it is not a sign of an underlying health problem.
5. Learn their names
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Contrary to the belief that cats are unresponsive, many furry companions are attentive. They can learn their name and respond when called.
Many cat owners think that some cats act like they don’t know their name. But they often give themselves away by small signs, like opening one eye slightly or wagging their tail when called.
6. Smart as can be
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Cats are incredibly intelligent creatures. They may surprise you with their problem-solving abilities.
A cat owner had a touching experience with a stray cat he temporarily took in. This cat found shelter with them and, surprisingly, alerted them to a dangerous water heater leak in their basement. The intelligence and loyalty of cats make them wonderful companions.
7. Unique smell detection
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Cats have a unique way of detecting odors. They often use their mouths to explore scents, leading to the rather unsettling feeling of them sniffing something and then looking at you with their mouth partially open. It’s a quirk of their sensory exploration.
8. Detect disease
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Cats have an uncanny ability to sense when their human companions aren’t feeling well. They can become more affectionate and provide comfort during illness or recovery.
This heightened sensitivity extends to understanding when certain actions should be avoided due to the pain of their owners.
9. Need for entertainment
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While cats are known for their independence, they also need mental and physical stimulation. Without proper entertainment, they can become destructive.
Providing them with interactive toys, puzzles and games makes them happy and prevents unwanted mischief.
10. Expressive communication
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Cat owners are quickly discovering that felines are incredibly expressive. They have unique ways of communicating their needs, whether through specific vocalizations, body language, or affectionate behaviors.
Over time, cat owners adapt to these cues, forming a unique bond with their furry companions.
11. Belly Confidence
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Contrary to the belief that a cat’s belly is a strictly “hands-off” zone, some cats enjoy belly rubs.
The privilege of belly rubbing must be earned through trust. Building a strong bond with your cat is key to accessing this treat.
12. Gain trust and love
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Unlike dogs, who often instinctively trust humans, cats need people to earn their love. This is not a complex process, but it requires patience and understanding. Investing time and care can build a deep and meaningful relationship with your four-legged friend.
13. Not so independent
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Cats are not as independent as is often portrayed. They enjoy following their human companions, sitting next to them, or even supervising daily activities. It’s not uncommon for a cat to accompany you to the bathroom and curiously observe your every move.
14. Hair everywhere
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Cat owners are quickly discovering the ubiquity of cat hair. Even if you vacuum daily, you will still find fur on your home furniture, clothes and every nook and cranny. Rolling fluff is becoming a common part of life for cat owners.
15. Happy drooling
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Cats may not be known for this, but they may drool when they are feeling very happy and comfortable. So if your cat starts purring and snuggling and you notice a little drooling, that’s a sign that she’s loving it.
This original display of affection can make these moments even more special.
16. Carb Lovers
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Cats have surprising culinary preferences. They are known to have a penchant for carbohydrates.
Leave a loaf of bread or a pack of tortillas out, and they might tear open the wrapper to indulge in a carb-heavy feast. This reminds you that your feline friend might have unexpected cravings.
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