17 Things You Never Knew About Your Cat

Find out why your cat acts the way he does.

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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. Figure out how to decode your cat's behavior, these are things your cat would like to tell you.

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. You might be surprised with the reason why your cats purr.

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!

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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. Here's why your laptop is so irresistible to your cat.

They can't understand punishment as humans do.


They must be praised and rewarded for desired behavior instead. We can guarantee that these cats have better jobs than you.

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.

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Scientists still don't know exactly where purring comes from.

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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.

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