Have you ever turned to the internet to find out why your cat does some of the weird and wonderful things they do? It is quite common for pet parents to jump on the web to find answers about their cats. Even experienced cat owners sometimes have questions about their cats behavior.
If you want to know what questions pet parents Google the most about their cats, then take a look at the top ten most Googled cat questions and the answers.
1. Why do cats love boxes?
Even if you provide your cat with a comfy cat bed, you will probably find him sleeping in a box. Cat’s love restrictive spaces where they feel secure and protected from all sides. A box meets those needs.
Predatory behavior means boxes are great for hiding in order to stalk prey, or to retreat to safety as needed. Cats enjoy all kinds of enclosures, and feel the safest and most comfortable in a box, a backpack, or other spaces like those.
I find my cats buried deep in the back of a closet, or somehow inside my dresser drawers. It still amazes me that they can get in there!
2. What does catnip do to cats?
Catnip is a perennial herb and member of the mint family. It’s active ingredient nepetalactone is found mostly in the leaves and stem of the plant. The oil contained within the leaves has a narcotic-like effect on cats.
While the oils have the greatest effect, up to 50% of cats are not affected by it at all. Catnip is not considered harmful. Responses from felines range from sedation to hyperactivity. Most people use it to attract their cat to a scratching post or to increase playtime with toys.
Providing catnip to my boys on occasion definitely increases their activity level, and they love it!
3. Why do cats Purr?
Purring is one of the most iconic sounds provided by the animal kingdom. What makes this sound unique to other vocalized noises is the sound is produced while inhaling and exhaling.
Many behaviorists believe that the original function of purring was to allow the kitten to vocalize to it’s mother that “all is well”. This communication often occurs during nursing, and since a kitten cannot meow (vocalizing during exhaling) while nursing, purring is a universal language of contentment between mother and baby.
Makes sense, right? It is tempting to believe cats purr just because they are happy. However, it is more plausible that purring represents a broader sense of communication. It is observed that older cats purr when they play, approach other cats or when they are distressed, afraid, or sick.
4. How long do cats live?
The average lifespan of a cat is 13 to 17 years. The lifespan is influenced by many factors, including diet and veterinary care as well. With yearly veterinary exams and routine care, our feline companions are living longer than ever.
This also coincides with a growing appreciation for cats, and owners becoming more aware of their unique physiology and behavioral needs. Outdoor cats tend to live three to five years shorter than indoor cats.
Maintain a healthy holistic diet, and provide veterinary care, and your feline is sure to live a long life.
#5. Why do cats knead?
Kneading serves several purposes during all stage’s of a cat’s life. As kittens, kneading the mammary glands of their mother helps stimulate milk production while nursing. Later in life kneading may also be linked to mark territory by allowing the release of pheromones from scent glands in the paws.
They may also be preparing a comfortable spot for a nap by breaking down bedding to make a warm comfortable place to sleep. Or maybe they are just stretching their toes. Cats often exhibit this behavior as adults for several reasons.
For an in-depth discussion about kneading, click HERE to read the article, “Why Do Cats Knead?”.
#6. Why do cats spend so much time sleeping?
The average cat spends more than half a day sleeping. In the wild, sleep is an important resource, because it enables the cat to conserve energy for hunting or eluding predators. As predatory animals, cats are hard wired to hunt, chase, and roam. These activities, whether directed at rodent or bird in the backyard, or to a feather toy in the living room, consume a large amount of energy.
To make up for this predatory lifestyle, the average cat must spend 15+ hours a day sleeping. In addition, cats are crepuscular. This simply means they are most active between Dawn and dusk (twilight hours), thus leaving most of their daytime to “catnapping”.
#7. Why do cats have whiskers?
Whiskers are a highly sensitive organ, which helps inform cats about surrounding objects, air movements, and more. Their length helps a cat to gauge it’s ability to navigate a tight space. They can also be raised and lowered as a means of communication during stress. Because of their vital importance, never trim or pluck your cat’s whiskers.
#8. Why do cats hate water?
Some cats do not like being submersed in water simply because it is uncomfortable for them. The main reason that most breeds dislike water relates to their coat becoming too heavy when wet. It also washes away the natural oils in their coat, which they spend much time distributing as they groom themselves.
There are some breeds that do actually love water though. Ultimately it is really a matter of preference in most cases. Certain breeds, like the Maine Coon, actually enjoy being in and around water. I have one cat that tries to play in water, and one that runs away at the sight if it.
#9. Why do cats eat grass?
It is believed that eating grass may serve as a purging mechanism from eating the occasional spoiled meal while hunting. Additionally, it can also serve to relieve gut symptoms from parasites it infection. Some cats, it would seem, simply enjoy the taste.
It largely depends on the cat and their needs. Eating grass is not harmful. There are places where you can purchase cat grass for your kitty to nibble on. Might be a good idea to keep some cat grass in the house for indoor cats as they do not get to roam the great outdoors and find it themselves.
#10. What is a group of cats called?
A group of cats is called a clowder. Clowder is Middle English and means “to huddle.” It can also be called a glaring, particularly if the cats are uncertain with each other. A litter of kittens is called a Kindle. Well, I guess you learn something new everyday!
If you didn’t already know some of these, I hope I helped you out a bit! As always, drop me a comment to let me know what you think or if you have any questions you’d like me to incorporate into another post. Enjoy your bundles of fur and have a PURRfect day!