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18 Less-Known Facts About Cats That Every Cat Owner Should Know!

13. Scientists believe cats are afraid of water because their ancestors lived in an area with very few large bodies of water and never had to learn how to swim.

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The complicated relationship of cats with water is due to a variety of reasons. According to Dr. John Bradshaw, a professor at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, the domesticated cats descended from the wild cats of Arabia. There were very few water bodies in the desert and the cat never learned to swim as there was no advantage to it.

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Another reason, according to a team of researchers from schools including, Washington University School of Medicine and Texas A&M is that despite living in a domesticated society, cat still retains the instincts of their wild ancestors, this means they are constantly on the alert against dangers and must remain in prime condition to fight or flee from the enemy. Water makes the fur heavy and weighs down the cat, this slows down the cat’s reflexes and makes him helpless and leaves him at the mercy of the predator.(source)

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14. Cats enjoy Species Appropriate Music than human music. They enjoy music that uses the frequencies and tempos similar to the ones cats use to communicate.

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Cats enjoy music, but not every music. In a study, a team of psychologists at the University of Wisconsin created custom made music by mixing up beats that fall into the same frequency range as that cats use to communicate with one another. The music also has a tempo that is similar to the beat of a purring of a cat. When the custom music was played to 47 cats, some of the cats would come over and rub themselves against the speaker than stand  apart indifferently as they tended to do when human music was played.(source)

15. Cats are not nocturnal. They are actually crepuscular, which means they are most active at dusk and dawn.

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Crepuscular animals prefer to laze around during the day to avoid the heat and stay cool thus conserving their energy for the cooler period of the day. They become active during the twilight zone. Some of the cats tend to get active on an overcast day or during moonlit nights.(source)

16Cleaning a cat’s litter box can get you Toxoplasmosis if the cat is infected. While pregnant, it can cause your baby to be born with cerebral palsy, seizures, and mental retardation.

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T. gondii, a parasite causes Toxoplasmosis. Cats pick up the parasite when they eat the infected rodents or coming in contact with the feces of an infected cat. The parasite is passed along to humans when they clean the litter box of an infected cat and accidently absorb it when they touch their face/eat a food without properly washing their hands. The infection rarely causes any serious health problems in a healthy adult but can be dangerous for people with weak immune system.(source)

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17. A cat has “predicted” the deaths of 25 residents in a nursing home in the US. The cat displayed sudden affection for dying residents.

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Oscar, the cat that lives in Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Rhode Island has a tendency to go and curl up against the dying patients. The animal experts say his uncanny ability is not psychic but is biochemical, a dying person’s body gives out a particular chemical as their body is shutting down. Apparently, Oscar senses and smells the organ shutting down and goes to the dying person’s bed.(source)

18. Creme Puff was the oldest recorded cat who died at the age of 38 years. The same owner had another cat which also had a long lifespan of 34 years. The secret to the long life of the cat is ascribed to the unusual diet of the cats.

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The 2010 edition of Guinness World Records holds that Creme Puff, an American cat was the oldest cat ever recorded. She lived with her owner Jake Perry in Austin, Texas. Perry had another cat, Granpa which supposedly died aged 34 years and two months. There is a speculation that the strange diet of these cats may have prolonged the lives of creme puff and Granpa. Their diet included among other things bacon and eggs, asparagus, broccoli and coffee with heavy cream.(source)

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