Cats are the most popular pets in North America, even outnumbering dogs. You will find cats in 30 percent of American homes, mainly of the Persian, Siamese and Maine Coon breeds. Cats, however, are responsible for messing up trash bins in homes and yards, and trampling over plants in the garden. Cats also use flower beds as their litter box, thereby dirtying the landscaping. Here is a compilation of interesting facts about cats, to help you better understand these creatures and to deter cats from your lawn and garden.
1. Sounds and Emotions
- A cat can produce 100 different types of sounds, including hissing, purring and spitting at other cats, and meowing at humans. A cat’s larynx muscle opens and closes the air passage in its throat as fast as 25 times per second to create the purring sound. It is also interesting to know that a cat’s brain has some biological similarity to the human brain, and this animal experiences emotions much like humans.
2. Other Advanced Senses
- Cats have a keen sense of hearing, and can even detect high-frequency sounds two octaves higher than the human ear is able to discern. Cats can see well in dim light and have great peripheral vision. However, they are not able to differentiate colors as well as humans. A cat can find its way home from anywhere; this phenomenon is called psi-traveling. The cat’s magnetised brain cells act as a natural compass, and it also uses the angle of the sunlight for directional guidance.
3. Special Anatomical Features
- A cat’s back is very flexible because there are 53 loosely-fitted vertebrae on its spine. The cat can fit through any opening as big as its head; this is because its collarbone remains suspended in its shoulder muscles, rather than being connected to any other bones in its body. This animal can jump up to five times its own height, and that too, with a single leap. Cats are extremely fast sprinters, touching speeds of 31 mph over short distances. It is possible for them to endure a fall from up to a height of 65 feet, thanks to their ability to determine direction in space, and thus, land on their feet; this is called a cat’s righting reflex.
4. Other Interesting Physiological Features
- Every cat has a unique ridge pattern on its nose, just like a human fingerprint. Cats sleep for around 16 out of 24 hours per day because their growth hormone is only released in their sleep. Moreover, a cat spends one-third of the time it is awake cleaning itself. Female cats are usually right-pawed, while male cats tend to be left-pawed. Cats are agile tree-climbers, but they cannot come back down head-first because their claws are all facing the same way. The next time a cat rubs against you, remember that it’s not only being affectionate, but also marking its territory by emanating scent from the glands around its face, paws and tail.
- A cat gives birth to between one and nine kittens at a time, although the litter size can sometimes go up to 15. Within a short span of 7 years, one pair of cats and all its offsprings can produce a mind-boggling total of 420,000 kittens.
- A cat’s sense of smell is 14 times more powerful than a human’s. This is because cats have a much higher number of olfactory receptors in their nose. Cats use their sensitive noses both to find prey and to keep clear of potential threats.
Cat Repellent Strategies
Homeowners looking for an effective, natural product to keep cats from damaging and littering their gardens can use the Shake-Away Domestic Cat Granules. This product that takes advantage of the cat’s keen sense of smell. Its cat repellent granules having the urine scent of both the fox and the coyote. Cats are afraid of both these predators; once they detect the smell of the Shake-Away Domestic Cat granules, they are compelled to run away. Sprinkle the granules of this cat repellent product around the yard, and you will be successful in saving your gardens and yards from the feline menace.