It’s National Pet Month! While we know that Americans have all sorts of animals as pets, Fido and Fluffy are the most popular. Kitties also have the honor of being the most purrplexing. These charismatic little furballs really are something else! A Pasadena, MD vet lists some things you may not have known about Fluffy in this article.
The domestic housecat shares about 95.6 percent of her genome with tigers. (We suspect that Fluffy is well aware of this.)
Cats are very athletic and graceful. They’re very good at balancing, and can easily walk along fences or branches. Their tails help stabilize them during these kitty gymnastics. They also use their whiskers to keep track of what’s going on around them.
Kitties are purrfectly suited for climbing trees. This works out well for Fluffy, as trees can provide great shelter, safety, and lookout points in the wild. There is one glitch here, though. Cats’ claws are curved in a way that makes going up very easy. Going down? Not so much. Most of our feline pals need to learn how to climb down things.
Cats have some pretty adorable ways of speaking their minds. Fluffy may purr, chirp, or yowl at you. Kitties can make up to 100 different sounds, but they all have a unique way of vocalizing.
Does Fluffy sometimes knead you with her paws when she’s on your lap? This is a sign of kitty affection. Kittens do this while nursing to stimulate milk flow. Your furball may also show affection by blinking slowly, rubbing against your legs, or by attacking you.
Using Fluffy’s tail to figure her mood is by no means an exact science. However, if your kitty approaches with her tail in question-mark shape or straight up in the air, it’s a sign that she’s feeling affectionate and maybe playful.
Our feline buddies may also use ‘tail language’ to communicate with each other. Here’s an interesting example of that: there is no physical difference between stray, feral, and domestic cats. However, only pet cats walk with their tails up. This may be their way of bragging to other kitties that they have successfully chosen their humans!
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