Cats are truly fascinating animals. There is a reason content of cats thrives on visual platforms, like YouTube or TikTok – their silly, strange and unexplainable antics are a great source of amusement and endearment for us.
Here are some interesting facts about our unpredictable furry friends that you might not have known!
Cats like eating in human company
When a cat eats, he is less aware of his surroundings, thus putting himself in a vulnerable position. Many therefore prefer to be watched by a human they trust while they feed themselves, as it makes them feel safe and comfortable. This phenomenon is known as affection eating.
All cats have a ‘primordial pouch’
Yes, that loose layer of skin on your furry friend’s belly is perfectly normal and not necessarily a sign of being overweight! Even big cats have it. Some possible explanations for the primordial pouch are that it protects their organs during fights, or that it serves as a source of fat for when food is scarce.
They ‘make biscuits’ as a display of affection
If you’re a cat owner, you know what I’m talking about. Many cats like to show their owners that they love them by kneading on them; it’s as cute as it is painful. Possible explanations for this behaviour include: it reminds them of the comfort of kittenhood (young kittens knead their mothers when nursing), or it is a way to mark you as ‘theirs’ using the marking glands in their paws.
The ‘bunny kick’ is an aggressive hunting behavior
Like kneading, you’ll know a bunny kick when you see one. Sometimes cats will grab a toy (or your hand) with both their front paws and start kicking it with their hind legs at the same time. It looks very cute to us, and of course, it’s nothing more than play, but the ‘bunny kick’ is actually a method of disembowelling prey such as small rodents! Very violent, I know.
Kittens from the same litter may have more than one father
When female cats go on heat, they can have multiple eggs which can be fertilized by more than one male. This evolutionarily advantageous phenomenon is called ‘heteropaternal superfecundation’, and it explains why sometimes kittens from the same litter look completely different from one another.