The perks of being a cat lover
Happy #InternationalCatDay to all of you, especially to the ones, who are owned by a cat.
Cats are a mysterious enigma that has captured the hearts of people for thousands of years. Their mystic, supernatural personalities and charming looks have made them an incredibly popular pet, and according to a survey - 18% of the households in the UK alone are ruled by a cat.
There are two types of people they say – dog people and cat lovers. No matter which group you’re in, those adorable, fluffy, purring creatures deserve some respect and that’s among the many reasons why they have a day of their own. Happy International Cat Day from all of us at Royal Cleaning. To properly commemorate this extremely special, murmuring day we’ve made this list with some fascinating cat facts.
But first let us tell you a little something about the everlasting completion between cat and dog lovers.
According to a study of the University of Texas those who identified themselves as
dog people tend to be more social and outgoing, but the
cat people prove to be much more sensitive and
open, or in other words - creative, philosophical, and nontraditional.
According to another study, conducted at Carroll University, Wisconsin, dog lovers define to be more energetic and outgoing, and pretty good followers of rules and norms, while cat lovers, although more introverted, are marked out as more wide to new experiences, open-minded and sensitive. Cat people also tend to be non-conformists and better leaders. Plus they easily score higher on intelligence tests than dog lovers.
In 2010, researchers from the University of Bristol surveyed 3000 people about their pets, geography, and scholastic history. They found that the people with university degrees are more likely to have a cat than a dog.
On top of that, it is scientifically proven that owning a cat is indeed beneficial for your health. Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by one third.
The Portent of Gods with The Powers of The Goddesses
Cats seem to get along equally well with the old and the new Gods. No matter if we’re trying to read the ancient Egypt hieroglyphs or scrolling through the last month’s YouTube charts their purrfect pawness is anywhere to be found.
The ancient Egyptians revered cats and even worshipped a half-feline goddess named Bastet. Daughter of the powerful Sun God Ra and the Goddess of Magic and Wisdom Isis, the
eye of the moon, was a warrior goddess of the sun but she was known for her gentle kindness as well. Bastet was worshipped as a goddess of pregnancy and childbirth and as a protector against contagious diseases and evil spirits.
There’s more in ancient Egypt cats were mythic symbols of divinity and whoever dared to harm them faced the power of law, which sometimes meant nothing less than a death penalty. When a domestic cat died, the whole family moaned it as a beloved one and even shaved their eyebrows to show their grief.
The Greeks later syncretized their own Goddess Artemis with the Egyptian goddess Bastet, adopting the associations with cats, as well. The Goddess Diana, who is the Roman equivalent of Artemis, also was capable of turning herself into a cat. Even the forceful Vikings used cats as their companions.
In Norse mythology, The Goddess Freyja was associated with cats. Farmers sought protection for their crops by leaving pans of milk in their fields for Freya's special feline companions, the two grey cats who fought with her and pulled her chariot.
In the Spanish-Jewish folklore Adam’s first wife (yes, according to some Eva wasn’t the one and only woman in his heavenly life), Lilith, became a black vampire cat, sucking the blood from sleeping babies. This may be the root of the superstition that a cat will smother a sleeping baby or suck out the child’s breath. Quite creepy indeed. But do not worry, according to modern science, it’s even better for your little one to have a pet around. On top of that, there’s another legend, which we’re about to tell you.
In Catholicism, the patron saint of cats is Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. Cats are often shown in icons of Annunciation and of the Holy Family. According to Italian folklore, on the same night that Mary gave birth to Jesus, a cat in Bethlehem gave birth to a kitten. A legend states that when Jesus Christ was born, he would not stop crying no matter what, and the one thing that finally calmed him was the purring of a tabby cat, which lulled him to sleep. The Virgin Mary petted the cat in gratitude, and the
M on the forehead of the tabby cat is for her name.
According to a similar legend, Mohammed was captivated by cat’s mysticism and ancient power. He would often rest his palm on a cat’s head and appreciated that so much, that one time he even cut his own hand… in order not to wake his favourite cat, who was sleeping on it. Her name was Muezza and she was a tabby. There’s a legend, which says that tabby cats have an
M for Mohammed on top of their heads.
According to the Buddhist religion, the body of a cat is the temporary resting place of very spiritual people. That’s the reason why in Japan, cats are thought to have the power to turn into some kind of super spirits when they die and are often playing the role of our spiritual protectors. Although they walk and breathe among us, cats are so hypersensitive that they are believed to live in a divine otherworldly dimension on their own.
After you’ve read all of the facts above, you should not wonder why even today a female cat is called a
Queen, while male cats have the title of toms and are called exactly as one of our favourite animated characters of all time.
The things about cats which will WOW you.
If you’re a cat owner, you’re among a quite impressive company of beloved authors, who adored those cute creatures as well. Among them are Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, the Brontë sisters and many many more, including nowadays Hollywood celebrities, who are fascinated by those little, purring treasures.
On the other hand, some of the most gruesome leaders - Napoleon, Caesar, Genghis Khan, and Hitler - are all said to have hated cats.
So basically, if you own a tabby, it’s much less likely for you to ever go on a killing spree. Still, there’s much more to know about your adorable pet, so it’s time to move on with our list full of fascinating cat facts.
- Cats conserve energy by sleeping for an average of 13 to 14 hours a day. They spend 70% of their lives sleeping. In fact, cats sleep so much that, by the time a cat is 9 years old, it will have been awake for only three years of its life. And when those fluffy balls are finally awake, they spend up to one-third of their time grooming.
- House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers and a lot of the same behaviour, such as scent-urine marking, prey stalking and pouncing.
- Cats, camels and giraffes have something rather special in common. Their walking sequence is both right feet first, followed by both left feet, so they move half of their body forward at once. Those are the only three species on the Planet who move this way.
- A cat's brain is 90% similar to a human's. Actually, we have nearly identical sections of the brain that control emotions.
- Your cat’s nose is as unique as your fingerprint.
- Every house cat is faster than Usain Bolt.
- Cats have 1,000 times more data storage than an iPad.
The more you talk to your cat, the more it will talk to you. Your cat recognizes your voice but just acts too cool to care when you call it by name. Cats meow only to humans anyway and never to other cats.
On top of that, they can make more than 100 different sounds whereas dogs make around 10. They can change their meow to manipulate a human and often imitate the cry of a baby when they need food, for example.
- When your cat brings you home a dead mouse or a bird, it means that you suck at hunting, and your pet is just worried that you will die of starvation, because no matter how big you are, you still seem to your cat as some clumsy creature, incapable of looking after itself.
- If you haven’t learned this by now – DO NOT TRUST THE CARTOONS. Cats are lactose intolerant, so stop giving them milk! Raw fish should be kept away from your cat’s menu as well.
- Cats can drink seawater and some of them can swim but they rarely enjoy it.
- Ginger tabby cats can have freckles around their mouths and on their eyelids – just like humans.
- Kittens sleep a lot because their bodies release a growth hormone only when they’re asleep. This is quite pleasant for them though, since they start to dream when they’re about a week old just like you used to do when you were just a baby.
- The ability of a cat to find its way home is called
psi-traveling. The scientists think that the cats have magnetized cells in their brains that act as compasses or use the angle of the sunlight to find their way around. So, yeah, basically your cat is better when it comes to orientation than you will ever be.
So, yes, it’s not your brain alone, you really feel better when your cat comes along and starts to purr where it hurts, fixing not only your mood but your body as well.
Decades of Cats or a sneak peek through the Cat’s history
You may think that you’ve learned a whole lot about your adorable pet but there are some significant moments in cat’s history that we just can’t miss.
- According to last scientific evidence and DNA tests, the domestication process of cats may have begun around 10,000 years ago when people settled in the Fertile Crescent or long before the sun Goddess Baste were worshipped.
- The first cat show was organized in 1871 in London. Later this became a worldwide craze.
- In the 1870s, the city of Liège, Belgium tried to train 37 cats to deliver the mail. Long story short – that didn’t end up well. The letters were not delivered on time or at the correct address.
- The first cat video came long before a Keyboard Cat become a thing. Actually, long before the internet as well. In 1894, the inventor Thomas Edison filmed a brief clip of two kitties boxing inside a ring. This only proves that humans have been obsessed with cute cat videos for centuries.
- Nowadays, there is even a show in Iceland called
Keeping Up With the Kattarshians. It's a cat reality show that features four kittens who live together in a fully-furnished cat house, Big Brother-style. We would take that over Kim’s drama any day.
- Isaac Newton invented the cat flap after his own cat, Spithead, kept opening the door and spoiling his light experiments.
- Another brilliant scientist was inspired by his cat as well. Nikola Tesla decided to investigate electricity after his cat, Macak, gave him a static shock.
In the 1960s, the CIA spent the whopping amount of $20 million in order to turn a cat into a bonafide spy by implanting a microphone into its ear and a radio transmitter at the base of its skull. Somehow the feline survived the surgery and after five years of training, the first mission came along. However, the cat was run over by a taxi after taking just a few steps towards a known Soviet meeting place in Washington.
Further attempts are not known but probably there’s more to those suspicious cats, which tend to watch your steps, when you pass by them, than meets the eye.
- On October 18, 1963, a French scientists used a rocket to launch the cat Felicette, also known as the Astrocat into space. Yes, they have conquered space as well and it was never a dog territory only. Felicette survived the trip and made it safely to the ground following a parachute descent.
- A cat was the Mayor of the town of Talkeetna, Alaska for 20 years. His name was Stubbs and he took the responsible position on April 12, 1997, serving it till his death on July 21, 2017. Politics and cats seem to get along since in 2013 another fellow tomcat ran for mayor of Mexico City. Unfortunately, he didn’t win but we guess that this boy would be a terrific mayor.
No, we are definitely not forgetting about all the mythology behind the black cats and their supernatural powers but this would be a story for another day since we have two reasons to write and talk all about their magnificent nature. Those would be the National Black Cat Appreciation Day on August 17th and the National Black Cat Day on November 17th, so stay tuned for more unbelievable cat facts.
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