The familiar cats we know nothing about

The internet has a lot of bullshit written around, but these are all facts that I have checked with my own pets at home. Yep…all true!

They can swallow and digest their food without chewing it.

They really are manipulative. Cats can adapt their vocalizations to control your behavior. If they want food, they can make their cries sound more urgent. This is why cats do that weird kneading thing.

They can dream! Cats prefer to nap, but if they’re relaxed enough to enter a deeper sleep, they produce the same brain wave patterns that we do when we dream.

They can’t understand punishment as humans do. They must be praised and rewarded for desired behavior instead.

We shake hands, they bump noses—sometimes. Nose-to-nose greetings between cats are unusual, as it puts both in a vulnerable position. However, cats who know each other well feel safe enough to do this. It helps them confirm visual recognition and gain information about how the other cat is. For instance Rafael and Sofia have been living in the same household for three years now and have gotten pretty comfortable around each other.

Scientists still don’t know exactly where purring comes from. Some believe that it originates in the cardiovascular system rather than the throat.

When they purr, they’re content—usually. However, a deep purr can also indicate pain. If you know your cat well you 

will be able to tell the difference in his demeanor.

They can purr continually as they inhale and exhale. They start doing so at one-week old. Young cats purr in a monotone. Older ones do so in two to three resonant notes.

They appear to retain their kitten vocal signals to communicate with their owners. But they use a different repertoire of sounds with other cats.

And this funny creature I photographed yesterday while working on this post, so that my cats don’t put on airs, all the talk being only around them.

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