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The world’s most popular pet, the cat, is not only infinitely cute but also intelligent and an excellent hunter. Practically everyone on Earth has petted these beautiful furballs at some point in their lifetime, and that’s why we’re presenting ten facts that you probably didn’t know about our four-legged friends.

Cat Oscar survived three shipwrecks…

Unsinkable Sam” is known as “Oscar” to the Germans, a cat who served on three warships during World War II, one German and two British. All the warships sank in the heat of battle, but the cat survived each shipwreck and floated away on planks and various debris to save itself. [source]

That’s why cats bring home dead animals…

If you’re a cat owner, you’ve probably experienced your cat bringing home a bird, mouse, or other prey in its mouth. There is actually a reason for this, according to studies. When a cat brings home a dead animal in its mouth, it’s a sign that they think we humans are poor hunters. In other words, they’re trying to teach us how to hunt. If the prey is still alive when they bring it home, however, you should take it positively – it means that they don’t consider us completely worthless but expect us to finish the killing. [source]

Prison cat programs yielded enormous results…

American prisons may not be most famous for their rehabilitation programs but rather for their habilitation and containment programs. However, Indiana State Prison in the USA did something that sets it apart from other prisons. They started a cat program where inmates were allowed to adopt and have a cat in their cell. After the program ended, it turned out that the cats had improved the prisoners’ moods and temperament, and also given them greater hope for life after prison. Several prisons around the world have adopted the so-called “cat program” after seeing the positive response it has generated. [source]

That’s how important taurine is for cats…

In several countries, it is a legal requirement for cat food to contain taurine – a popular ingredient also found in energy drinks. Without this substance, cats will lose their fur, teeth, and, in the worst case, their eyesight. [source]

That’s why you should separate the food and water bowls…

Domestic cats instinctively don’t want to drink from the water bowl next to their food and, therefore, seek out another place in the house to drink. This is because water in nature can become contaminated if it’s next to a dead prey. And speaking of water, cats can even drink seawater due to their extremely efficient kidneys. [source]

Do cats have a sixth sense…?

The ship RMS Empress of Ireland had a permanent stowaway – a cat named Emmy. The cat Emmy never missed a trip until May 28, 1914, when Emmy refused to board. The ship sailed without the stowaway and sank the following day. Spooky, isn’t it? [source]

That’s why they rub against us…

Cats have scent glands in their faces that release pheromones when they rub against us, indicating that they are ours and we are theirs. But in reality, it’s the cats who own us the most, right? [source]

Not only humans contribute to species extinction…

Apparently, it’s not just humans and various natural disasters that are responsible for species extinction. Cats have also been blamed for the global extinction of at least 33 species. [source]

That’s why there are so many cats at Disneyland at night…

At night, Disneyland becomes overrun by stray cats. Disney embraces them because they keep the mouse population in check and treat them like pets, including spaying and neutering them and giving them shots. [source]

The number of cat breeds…

Purebred cats are becoming increasingly popular, and prices are skyrocketing, thanks in large part to the pandemic. There are estimated to be over 70 different recognized cat breeds. And maybe you should get one too? Owning a cat has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks by more than a third! [source]

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