Cats are mysterious creatures. Whereas dogs seem to genuinely enjoy human company, some cats seem to get pleasure out of messing with their owners. Even cat owners have a hard time understanding their cat’s behavior sometimes. If you want to know what most people want to know about cats, take a look at the top ten most Googled cat questions and their answers.
Top 10 Cat Questions Answered
- Why do cats love boxes? Even if you provide your cat with a comfy cat bed, you will probably find him spending as much or more time sleeping in a box. Cats love restrictive spaces where they feel secure and protected from all sides – a box meets those needs.
- Why do cats hate water so much? Some breeds of cat actually love water – it is really a matter of personal preference in most cases. Some cats do not like being immersed in water because it is simply uncomfortable. It also washes away the natural oils in their coat, which they spend so much time distributing as they groom themselves.
- What exactly does catnip do to a cat? Catnip, or catmint, contains a chemical compound known as nepetalactone which has a narcotic-like effect on cats. The oils contained within the leaves of the catnip plant have the greatest effect, but up to fifty percent of cats are not affected by it at all.
- Why do cats spend so much time sleeping? The average cat spends more than half the day sleeping. In the wild, sleep is an important resource, because it enables the cat to conserve energy for hunting or eluding predators.
- Why do cats sometimes massage their owners? When a cat “massages” his owner, he is actually kneading you. This behavior goes back to the cat’s kitten days when he would knead his mother’s teat to get the milk flowing. Cats often still exhibit this behavior as adults for several reasons. They may be preparing a comfortable spot for a nap, they might be stretching their toes, or they could be marking their territory using the scent glands on their feet.
- How long do cats normally live? The lifespan of a cat is influenced by many factors, including diet and veterinary care. If your cat is generally healthy, he will live longer than a cat that receives an unhealthy diet, or one affected by certain health problems. The average lifespan for a cat is about twelve to fifteen years. Outdoor cats tend to live three to five years shorter than indoor cats.
- How many breeds of cat are there? The Cat Fanciers’ Association recognizes 41 different breeds of cat, while the International Progressive Cat Breeders Alliance recognizes 73. It is also possible for hybrids of any of these breeds to occur.
- Why do cats purr? Purring is a natural behavior exhibited by all cats, even wild cats like cougars and lynxes. When kittens are born, they are blind and entirely dependent on their mother for care. Because they cannot see, they learn to purr so they can find their mother and be found by her.
- Why do cats scratch things with their claws? When cats scratch things with their claws (like your furniture), they are just trying to keep their claws sharp. In the wild, a cat’s claws are her main defense, so they need to be kept sharp. Indoor cats, however, do not need their claws as much. To keep your cat from damaging your furniture, keep her claws clipped short and provide a scratching post to use instead of your furniture.
- Why do cats sometimes stop using the litter box? Cats are very clean animals by nature so, if the litter box is too dirty for their liking, they may stop using it. If you have multiple cats in your household you need to provide one litter box per cat, plus one extra. Space the litter boxes throughout the home and try to scoop them daily.