International Cat Day - 5 Feline Fun Facts

On the 8th of August we celebrate the International Cat Day, so here comes a list containing some of the amazing things these furry dictators can do to surprise us, to drive us crazy, but also to make us love them more and more every day we spend together.
1) A cat’s cerebral cortex contains about twice as many neurons as that of dogs. Cats have 300 million neurons, whereas dogs have about 160 million. The Hungarian ELTE Department of Ethology recently examined how cat’s can collaborate with their owners, and they discovered that cats can follow human gaze and respond to human pointing cues, an ability only attributed to humans and dogs before. So, it's official: when your cats ignore you, they choose to do so!

2) The longest living cat according to the Guinness Book was a domestic cat, Creme Puff of Austin, Texas who lived to the ripe old age of 38 years! The longevity of the animal may have had something to do with an unusual diet of, (among other things), turkey bacon, eggs, asparagus, broccoli, and heavy cream! (?!) Please don't try it at home.

3) Many celebrities loved cats dearly: French writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau said his cat have become 'the visible soul of his home', and he even designed a membership pin for Cat Friends Club. Another French artist, Colette loved her pampered white pet so much that the description of the cat occupies a longer paragraph in her letter destined to a family friend than the paragraph dedicated to the well-being of her daughter. Colette's novel entitled 'The Cat' is inspired by the loyal personality of her beloved kitty. Sir Isaac Newton is mostly known for formulating the laws of gravitation, but he also invented the modern pet door: his cat Spithead disturbed his experiments by nudging the door open with her nose and paws, so Newton, whose experiments required absolute darkness hired a carpenter who cut a small hole into the door and covered it with black velvet.

4) Did you know that some cat breeds can show astonishingly dog-like behavior? The Burmese, the Munchkin and most Oriental cats love to fetch things, for example a small ball you throw away for them. These breeds and also others like the docile Ragdoll or the Minuet can be walked on a leash, and they don't mind it at all! With clicker training you can even teach them to perform small tricks like sitting down, turning around or giving a high five.

5) Cats have the power to heal themselves by purring. A domestic cat’s purr has a frequency of between 25 and 150 Hertz, which happens to be the frequency at which muscles and bones best grow and repair themselves. The unique sound also has beneficial effects on the human owners, lowering their blood pressure and releasing oxytocin, known as the "cuddle chemical" or "love hormone". So yes, when you feel like your cats are working their magic on you, they actually do!


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