October 20, 2017
5 Amazing facts about cats you didn’t know!
Are cats really afraid of cucumbers? Lately, there were many videos which took the internet by storm, and they featured cats being scared of cucumbers. But many believe that it was just a shock factor as the vegetable was not initially there. There are many interesting facts like this one, which many cat-lovers might not know. After all, cats are mysterious creatures. So, are you ready to learn some ameowsing facts about them? Be prepared as these revelations might surprise you fur real!
Cats and Sea Water (Huh!)
If you are stuck on a desert island and there’s only sea water available, the number one rule is to never drink it! But, cats don’t have that problem… yes, they can drink sea water. Cats’ kidneys are so efficient that they can filter out the salt, and hydrate only with the ‘drinkable’ water. They can even drink the whole ocean, and it wouldn’t affect them a single bit. Lucky chaps!
Cats and Sweetness (Yummy!)
Many cat lovers claim that their kitties love sweet treats like doughnuts and ice-cream, but it’s actually the fatty acid that cats fancy as they do not have a sweet tooth! According to a 2006 study, cats cannot taste anything sweet due to a genetic defect. They are one of the rarest mammals that lack the taste receptors for sweetness. Meow! No diabetes for them furry animals!
Cats and Ancient Egypt (Hmm…)
In Ancient Egypt, cats were held in high esteem. Until now the Cat Goddess, Bastet, is honoured and prayed in the land of Purrramid. The ancient Egyptians were serious about their four-legged pets, and even held funerals for their deceased feline pets. These pets were entombed either in pet cemeteries or family tombs, and they were often buried with mummies of dead mice… And smuggling cats out of Egypt was a CATastrophe and was even punishable!
Cats are obligate carnivores (OH…)
Cats are referred to as obligate carnivores as they are unlike other meat-eating animals. Ethologists claim that cats have to feed on meat by necessity. They actually drive energy from meat proteins rather than carbohydrates. They have a major requirement for taurine, which can be found only in animal flesh… so, no meat means no energetic kitty!
The origins of Cats (Great Catsby?)
Cat fanciers have always longed to know the origins of their feline friends, and here it is; whether pets or not, all domesticated cats descend from the wild cat known as African Wildcat or Felis Silvestris Lybica. These creatures still roam in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Israel. Hundreds of years ago, these wild cats gave rise to a lineage which is now called pets!