A Few Fascinating Feline Facts

Who doesn’t love cats? At Willard, it goes without saying that we do. If you’ve decided to bring a frisky feline into your life, make sure to come and see us for regular check-ups, vaccinations, and immunizations. In the meantime, we’ve put together a short list of fascinating facts regarding our furry feline friends.

  • Cats are currently the most popular pet in the world. Although cat ownership has commonly been associated with women, a 2007 Gallup poll reported that men and women were equally likely to own a cat.
  • Cats have acute hearing. Not only can they hear sounds too faint for humans to perceive, they can also hear sounds in higher frequency. This helps them hunt, since the usual prey of cats make high-frequency noises.
  • Cat communication includes the use of a variety of vocalizations, including meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling, and grunting.
  • A genetic study in 2007 revealed that all house cats are descended from as few as five female African Wildcats c. 8000 BCE, in the Middle East.
  • Unlike human arms, cat forelimbs are attached to the shoulder by free-floating clavicle bones, which allow them to pass their body through any space into which they can fit their heads.
  • Cats, like dogs, are digitigrades, which means they walk directly on their toes.
  • Owing to a mutation in an early cat ancestor, cats are unable to taste sweetness. Their taste buds instead respond to amino acids, bitter tastes, and acids.
  • The average life expectancy for male indoor cats is approximately 12 to 14 years; females usually live a year or two longer. However, there have been reports of cats reaching into their 30s, with the oldest known cat, Creme Puff, dying at a verified age of 38.
  • When fighting, cats make themselves appear more impressive and threatening by raising their fur, arching their backs, and turning sideways, thus increasing their apparent size. Often, the ears are pointed down and back to avoid damage to the inner ear, and potentially listen for any changes behind them while focused forward.
  • Cats tend to play with toys more when they are hungry.

If you’ve got a cat in your life and you’d like to learn more about him or her, contact Willard today!

For more than 20 years, Willard Veterinary Clinic has provided dedicated veterinary care for the communities of Quincy, Boston, Dorchester, Milton, Braintree, Weymouth, Canton, Randolph, Hingham, Abington, Hanover, and Rockland. Contact us to see why we’re different!

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