Common Truths in Things About Cats
Why are cats so cute and compelling and yet mysterious and complex? Cats appear in different cultures throughout recorded history, so they come by it naturally. Today, there are many legends and myths about cats – some true, some false, and others domestic short-haired in blend. Here are five true facts about cats they probably wish you knew:
- Cats like a routine. They want food delivered on time but also early. Cats don’t care about the time, so they’ll wake you at odd hours to remind you that they have never, ever eaten in their entire lives – or begin systematically knocking things off the counter to get your attention that they are starving to death here, people. Cats also like cuddles, and as descendants of royalty, they have the right to sleep wherever they please; even if that’s on top of your head at 3 a.m.
- Cats can talk. They are vocal in many ways – and some breeds can be very chatty! Cats speak by purring to convey contentment, stress, when they’re feeling anxious due to changes in the household or routing, or to tell you when they’re in pain, so it’s important to listen to what they are saying. Watch their behavior and act appropriately. What do cats not like? Oh, they’ll tell you in so many ways!
- Cat and water don’t mix. OK, typically cats aren’t big fans of water. Most cats don’t like to get wet, and it’s understandable. Thick coats often hold water, so they may be uncomfortable as they air dry. Most know it’s going to take hours to get their fur just right and will spend a lot of time grooming. But many cats adore water and even relax in warm baths just like humans!
- Cats are loners. Like people, cats need their alone time. Many love spending time with their people and will often form bonds with one person they will connect with more than anyone in the house. Cats also love to get up close and personal while you’re working or trying to focus, demanding attention right meow (pun intended). Cats are also stars, making cameo appearances in many Zoom calls while people and reporters work more from home.
- Cats were considered gods in history. Many cat lovers will tell you their cats act like gods too, and they end up ruling the kingdom of the household! It’s not surprising when you see how cats were treated throughout history. Ancient Egyptians domesticated cats around 4,000-5,000 years ago. Fittingly, they called them Mau. The Egyptians considered cats sacred, so there were laws protecting them from harm under the penalty of death. Egyptian families also revered cats as family gods, so cats were afforded ceremonial mummification and burial in sarcophagi. Cat mummies are quite commonly found in Egypt to this day. Many of our domestic cats descend from the Mau, so their regal and sometimes standoffish behavior comes naturally.
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Our final true fact about cats: all purebred and domestic cats need regular veterinary care and wellness checks, especially as they get older. Eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of playtime and exercise, combined with core annual vaccinations and annual or bi-annual checks at the vet will help them stay healthy while they rule the kingdom you call home.