April 20, 2016
#Didyouknow these 10 Cat Facts?
In celebration of #NationalPetMonth , we’re sharing these 10 facts about our furry feline friends! How many of these did you know before reading the list? Let us know in the comments below!
- Cats can be trained to walk on a leash.
- Cats have scent glands on the forehead, cheeks, around the mouth and along the tail. When a cat rubs these areas against an object—or you—a scent is left behind. To other cats the message is clear—this is my property.
- When a cat is scared, angry or excited, the hairs all over his body—especially along the spine—puff out. This makes him look larger to predators.
- In order for a cat to be solid black, both of its parents need to have the black color gene. The color gene — called an allele — for black is known as B. It is dominant to other variations of the gene, known as b and b’, which produce chocolate and cinnamon colors. Keep in mind, though, the ultimately dominant cat fur color pattern is tabby. So for a cat to be solid black, it must also carry a recessive gene known as a non-agouti (a), so that the tabby pattern doesn’t appear. Cats who have the dominant agouti gene will retain the tabby pattern. Which brings us to our next point.
- Black cats’ fur can fade or “rust”Heavy exposure to sun can cause a black cat’s fur to change to a rusty brownish color. Another reason your cat might look rusty in normal lighting conditions is a deficiency in an enzyme called tyrosine. Tyrosine is required for the creation of eumelanin, the pigment that makes your cat’s fur black. If your black cat is rusty, talk to your vet about this possibility and whether it would be safe to give your cat a tyrosine supplement to see if she blackens up again.
- Black cats can go gray as they age Like humans, all cats sprout white hairs as they age, but it’s more obvious in black cats. This is a natural phenomenon and nothing to be worried about. Some cats start going gray earlier than others, but it’s very unlikely that your cat will go completely gray.
- Cats are nearsighted, but not close-sighted. Because their eyes are so large, cats can’t focus on anything less than a foot in front of them — but their whiskers can swing forward to feel what they can’t clearly see.
- Did you know that a cat’s whiskers are normally as long as the cat is wide, helping it determine if it can fit into certain spaces!
- Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs can only make 10!
- While cats are amazing in many ways, their sense of taste isn’t one of them. According to a 2006 study they’re one of the few mammals that lack taste receptors for sweetness.