Quick Cat Facts and Curiosities
Here are a few of those interesting questions and answers to quick cat facts you may have wondered about regarding your feline friends.
Do Cats See Color?
It once was believed cats were color-blind, but now we know they actually can tell the difference between certain colors. Basically, they see the world around them as shades of blue and green. But though they see color, cats don’t pay much attention to it. In nature, color isn’t particularly necessary to a cat’s survival success.
Why Do Cats’ Eyes Glow In The Dark?
Cat’s glow-in-the-dark eyes seem eerie, mystical, even scary when they pop out at you from the black of night, especially since your cat is one of only a few animals that can return a human’s stare.
There is a simple explanation for that characteristic green or gold shine. A membrane, called tapetum lucidum, coats the eye and reflects light.
When a cat is in the dark, its pupils open wide and light is reflected off them, but they’re not actually “glowing”.
This ability along with their extraordinary sensitivity to ultraviolet rays, enables cats eyes to see well in the dark.
Can Cats Really See In The Dark?
They can’t see in total darkness and their daytime vision is only fair. But they can see better than most humans in semi-darkness. They also can distinguish brightness seven times better than we can.
As nocturnal hunters, their eyes are able to scoop up even the smallest scrap of available light. Their vision generally is blurred at the edges and they see best at six to twenty feet.
When it comes to movement, though, a cat doesn’t miss a twitch.
By the way, feeding dog food to your cat is a no-no. Dog food lacks Taurine, a substance crucial for your cat’s eyesight. A diet without Taurine will make your cat go blind.
Why Do Cats Flick Their Ears When They’re Asleep?
A cat’s remarkable ears each have 30 muscles that control the outer ear (by comparison, our ears only have six muscles). These muscles rotate 180 degrees, so it can hear without moving its head.
Even though a snoozing kitty appears to sleep quite often, most of the time it’s only dozing and constantly searching the air for messages that might mean it needs to spring into action at the spur of the moment.
The Purpose Of The Pad Midway Up The Rear Of A Cat’s Leg?
It looks pretty useless sitting way up there on the back of the leg like that. But it does have a purpose. It’s called the carpal pad, and it acts as an anti-skid insurance policy for crash landings (which, of course, are rare) or to keep your energetic kitty from hitting a wall as she speeds around the house.
The Amazing Cat’s Claw
Claws aren’t simply for the cats protection, but are also responsible for its keen balance and other astounding feats such as climbing, stretching and running and grooming.
De-clawing not only physically pains her, but she’s also psychologically distressed, stripped of her only defense and one of her most versatile tools for survival.
Why Do Cats Lose Their Claws?
Cats are the only animals that walk directly on their claws, not on their paws. It would be like humans walking on the tips of their fingers. Getting about on tip-toe (known as digitgrade) is an especially useful feature to have when it comes to moving at high speeds. Being the avid hunter she is, the cat needs to keep this acquirement extremely sharp.
It is true, she may sometimes manicure her nails on your antique dresser however contrary to what you might think, it is not out of spite. Actually, it’s really not even done to sharpen her claws. What she’s actually doing when she’s clawing your sofa cushions to pieces is tearing away the ragged edges of the shell of her claws. All year long, she sheds her claws to uncover new sharp ones under neath.
Why Do Cats Retract Their Claws?
A cat draws in her claws to protect them and to keep them sharp. They need to be kept sharp.
Cats need sharp claws since they use them to help mark their territory.
In the act of scratching, sweat glands between the paw pads release an odor transmitted to the tree trunk or to your prized table or couch.
This is how your cat identifies the scratched area as her own.
In the animal kingdom, the cat’s retractable claws are her most unique characteristic. As she stretches her legs, the paws automatically enlarge to an extraordinary size and the claws appear.