Whiskers are coarse hairs embedded in the skin of an animal's face. When they brush against something (like tall grass, or a wall), whiskers cause nerves in the skin where they are attached to send a message to the animal's brain. This tells the animal that it has touched something.
Whiskers are especially useful in dark places, or at night when it is more difficult for the animal to see. Maybe animals find their way in dark places by feeling around with their whiskers. Like our eyelashes, some whiskers tell an animal when to close its eyes for protection.
True or False?
Cats have tails for balance. That is why they can walk on such thin objects and don't fall on their heads or side. It's also what helps cats land on their feet.
Do cats purr only when they are happy, or are there other reasons?
It's fairly widely accepted and understood that cats purr when they're happy and contented. This is without doubt true, but there are also other reasons which are less obvious and may just surprise you!
For their Kittens: When kittens are very young, they can't see, can't smell or hear very well. Mummy's purring causes vibrations and allows the kittens to find her more easily. Her purring also acts as reassurance.
The answer to this question isn't at all straightforward. A cat is an intelligent, complex little creature, and you can learn a great deal by trying to understand them.
It is not difficult to realise when he/she issues a loud meow. It can usually be translated as "I want something” and NOW! Their body language and where they are standing will indicate what it is.
Quiet meow’s usually mean they are either saying "I'm really cute, give me some attention," or they are asking for something that she knows she shouldn't get - like some of the dinner you are eating, for example. And they know they will usually get it.
Loud howls may indicate they are in pain, injured or upset. Check if they are OK when you hear these howls.
Some clever cats learn that howling like a banshee gets them attention, so they'll do it solely for this reason. Check up on them, but refuse the attention, so they learn that this doesn’t work.
Cat fighting screeches are frightening and unmistakable. Cats believe that the loud screeching will frighten their opponent away. (Garfield knows how to do this very well!)
Cat hissing is also unmistakable and may be associated with cat fighting, or it may be telling a human, dog or other animal to back off. It is best to move away if a cat is hissing at you, unless you want to be scratched. Go back to them once they have calmed down.
There are other Meows that will be dependant upon the situation and how they are feeling at the time. Watch and learn the from the signs.
Help give a cat a home!
Indoor cats typically live around 14-20 years although have been known to get into the 30’s. Domestic cats tend to live longer than wild ones, if they do not go outdoors. They then have less risk of injury from fights or accidents and exposure to diseases. If they are spayed or neutered they also have a potentially longer life as this reduces the risk of some cancers. Having female cats spayed before they have any kittens
Cats usually weigh between 2.5 and 7 kg, although some breeds can get to as much as 11.3 kg. Some cats have been known to reach up to 23 kg, but this is usually due to overfeeding. It is not healthy for the cat to be overweight, and should be prevented through diet and exercise, especially indoor cats. Get them some toys and climbing/scratching posts. Cats love to climb and get as high as they can. Our cats love to sleep on top of the kitchen wall cupboards, bedroom wardrobes and on top of the fridge/freezer.