13+ Things You Didn’t Know About Cats

Find out why your cat acts the way he does. And if your pooch is still a mystery to you, get the dog facts you didn't know.

Adapted from Essential Cat (Reader's Digest Association Books)
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    They can sense earthquakes!

    Well, possibly. The pads of a cat's feet are very sensitive, and some cats behave strangely just before an earthquake hits. Though it's not a proven theory, some believe cats can detect vibrations of the earth through their foot pads.

    They can swallow and digest their food without chewing it.

    That's good news for famed internet cat Lil Bub, who was born without teeth.

    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.

    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.

    More weird cat behaviors explained »

    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.

    Like dogs, they can also get sick or die from eating chocolate.

    Check with your vet if you have any questions about what your cat should be eating.

    Plus, more hidden dangers for pets at home »

    They blink and narrow their eyes when they accidentally make eye contact.

    To make friends with an unfamiliar cat, blink and look away when you catch his eyes.

    Giving them a strip of raw meat everyday to chew on will keep their gums and teeth in good condition.

    Suitable meats include poultry, rabbit, or beef that has been deboned.

    They tolerate heat very well.

    This is because the ancestors of cats were originally desert-living animals.

    Their pulse is between 160-240 beats per minute, depending on their age.

    The younger he is, the faster the heartbeat.

    Photo by mtrichardson via Flickr

    Cats sweat!

    But they do so through their paws. If you see wet little footprints in the summer months, make sure to put out some fresh water.


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    • Courtney Allen

      this article doesnt scroll next.

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    • Suzanne Bennett

      I have an old cat who has always been a lone cat. She keeps herself to herself and doesn’t like other cats. We took in a stray (pure white) cat, we named Oliver. Anyway, he was deaf so had to be an indoor cat, so to stop him trying to play and torment the older cat we got another kitten, we named nancy, lol! They were totally in love. But, oli fell ill with cancer and sadly died, he was a sickly cat from day one. But found out a lot about white cats and deafness. Now we have another white cat cos oli was so special. And this adorable fella has blue eyes. 80% of white cats with blue eyes are deaf, but he is not, cos he definitely hears. But does anyone know if he is gonna be a sickly kitten, when are the signs? What age do they start to be visible to us? Cos cats are quite good at hiding g things. This little fella is 4 months now.

    • leadra

      Sometimes my cat will lay on my knees and jump on my elbow. Other times when she uses her litter box she wont leave a trace. What does that mean? When she’s watching tv before lay her down in her crib she forgets to potty first is this normal? Please help!

      • kg

        Why yes it is very normal, how old is she?

        • leadra

          Not that old, she just turned 30.

    • Alice Kirtland

      I knew all of this O_O

    • CatGirl1901

      number 15 cat is CUTE

    • Candy’s mom

      My new kitten (7 months) seems to have a distinct meow for me, almost like a name. Is this possible? Do cats have names ( meows) for us? Like when she wants my attention , Iike if shes found a bug she wants me to see or if I call out for her, shell respond with that same particular meow.

    • lexie

      I love cats and normally cats rather be in side but my 3 cats like it out side as well.

      • Deborah Hale

        Please train your cats to stay inside, it’s so much safer for them!

    • Buggs

      dogs. do. not. die. from. eating. chocolate.

      • Apple Jackson

        yes. they. do.
        ask. any. vet.

    • Maria Jose Albaladejo

      I have found a kitty cat and I need to give her away to somebody who can take care of her I live in Houston area Texas. Does anybody would love to adopt her, she is really cute, grey and white. Thanks!.