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What You Dont Know About Your Cat

What You Dont Know About Your Cat

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What You Dont Know About Your Cat - Longevity - It is said, give a cat three years for every human year and you have an idea of how old he is compared to us. Not so. A cat at one year old is capable of reproduction and fully able to take care of himself. A three year old human is helpless. Such mathematical formulas for understanding the 'real' age of an animal don't work because their internal, and external developments vary and do not correspond to human development.
What You Dont Know About Your Cat - Longevity - It is said, give a cat three years for every human year and you have an idea of how old he is compared to us. Not so. A cat at one year old is capable of reproduction and fully able to take care of himself. A three year old human is helpless. Such mathematical formulas for understanding the 'real' age of an animal don't work because their internal, and external developments vary and do not correspond to human development.

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What You Don't Know About Your Own Cat
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Longevity
- It is said, give a cat three years for every human year and you have an idea of howold he is compared to us. Not so. A cat at one year old is capable of reproduction and fully ableto take care of himself. A three year old human is helpless. Such mathematical formulas for understanding the 'real' age of an animal don't work because their internal, and externaldevelopments vary and do not correspond to human development.But did you know that the life span of cats seems to be increasing, from around twelve years or so several decades ago to eighteen or more and it seems now not uncommon for cats to live intotheir twenties? Not only advances in cat medicine but apparently in genetic changes as well arecontributing to longer life and some cats live to be much older indeed. Several cats in SouthernCalifornia have been reported to live as long as thirty and thirty four years.
Independent & Loners
- Cats are thought to be solitary creatures by many, but anyone who hasvisited a farm where there are cats will find they congregate in colonies, sometimes nearingtwenty in number and seem even to hunt together. There is little fighting because there is alwaysone dominant cat which the others all accept, the rest being equal. At least until a new cat arrivesand dominance must be re-established.If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, as do I, you no doubt find him asking to be let out, eventhough he has his cat doors. Mine does daily, usually at night. I go to the door, open it and heeagerly runs into he mudroom, awaiting the opening of the next door, though both are equippedwith cat doors. If I actually go out into the back patio with him he seems delighted, rollingaround on the stones, watching me. I suspect he would love a hunting companion. (Preferably, Iexpect, one a bit quieter and more stealthy than myself.)
Cats can't be trained
- Training is entirely possible and we have probably all seen on television performance cats trained to walk a rope, roll a ball and even swim underwater. We attribute thisto some sort of showmanship business and think our own cats are not trainable. Depending onthe breed and the particular cat, they are probably all trainable to some degree and they arecertainly able to train us!Particia Moyes, in her book How To Talk To Your Cat, relates how one of her cats and she havea game, the object of which is to remove from some precarious perch - the top of a chair, say, anobject, without disturbing anything around and without knocking the item to the floor. The onecat does this with care and great attention, and success. Her other cat, she tells us, takes the gamesimply to mean, 'get the thing regardless' and will also retrieve the item but in the clumsiestfashion, knocking it to the floor.Ms. Moyes speaks of two other game she and her cats have; fetch and carry and hide and seek. Inthe first, the person throws a ball of tinfoil (or what-have-you) and the cat returns it, dropping itat the person's feet. The second she says her cat invented. She (the cat) will bring the ball of tinfoil, drop it, then leave the room. Ms. Moyes will hide it, then call her cat who will beginexcitedly exploring all the hiding places, find it, drop it and leave the room again. Keep in mindthat Ms. Moyes creates and maintains an unusual and unusually close and respectful attitudetowards her cats. Very likely, and many pet owners, indeed, parents, have discovered that, themore you anticipate your pet (or child) to be capable, the more capable your pet or child becomes.
 
My own cat offers a less dramatic, but useful example. A stray taken in at about 8 months he atfirst caused some alarm with his tendency to 'do his nails' on the furniture. I would bang my footon the floor and tell him
no
and he'd stop. Now I just tell him, in no uncertain terms, to stop andhe does. He only does this when he wants something and I'm not paying attention.In fact, this is one way a cat has to get your attention and let you know he needs something - hedoes what he knows he is not supposed to do. My cat knows he's not allowed on the kitchentable, for example, but if his food bowl stays empty too long, onto the table he leaps and I knowright away he wants feeding.There is an ancient Egyptian papyrus of the twentieth dynasty showing a dog walking on his hindlegs, carrying a staff, herding goats. In the same picture there is a cat, walking on his hind legs,carrying a staff, herding ducks. The picture depicts the dog and cat on their hind legs carryingstaffs, no doubt, to indicate that they are in control. Were they shown on their fours, one, theycould not be shown carrying a staff and two, they would seem to be on the same level as thegoats and ducks, not in charge of them. My guess is that one time, before the dark days of catextermination, cats were trained and used and I expect they themselves were very responsive tothis arrangement.
Aloof 
- When one considers the terrible history the family of cats has endured at the hands of man, repeatedly throughout Europe and even in America, it is no wonder the cat keeps himself aloof. Associated with witches, Satan and evil, as a race, cats have been betrayed, condemned,tortured and exterminated, many times, by the thousands and tens of thousands. Those whichsurvived the pogroms passed on their genes to progeny, along with the survival sense to be waryof man. Yet every cat owner knows how truly attached a cat can become and how genuinelygrateful they are for the affection and care given them.
Cats & Music
Start playing an instrument, even something gentle, such as folk music on aguitar, and a dog is likely to leave the room. A cat, on the other hand is likely to come near, lay by you, roll around, purr and seem to enjoy the sounds immensely. My previous cat used to bemy biggest fan, particularly of my fairly elaborate finger picking.My current cat loves to hear the guitar but the obvious deep pleasure he gets from that doesn'teven compare to when I pick up the Celtic Harp and play on its strings. I can only describe hisstate as ecstatic, as if each tiny individual sound washes him with almost unendurable pleasure.Many composers throughout history relate the same story.The famous harpist, Mlle Dubuy, noticed that her cat purred pleasantly when she played a pieceon her harp well but cried when she played less so. She used this phenomena to improve her skill. Recognizing how much she owed her success as a harpist to her discerning cat she left himher substantial inheritance and endowed loyal friends likewise to ensure her cat was well caredfor.There is a video on YouTube of a cat playing the piano. She is quite intentionally sounding thenotes, utterly absorbed in the phenomena. When his mistress plays Bach on another piano the catstops and listens with obvious appreciation. It is quite as if this cat, and in fact, all cats, truly doappreciate beautiful music and the one in this particular YouTube video, aspires to musicianship.
Movement
- We all know how agile and flexible cats are - owing to a variety of factors. Unlikeman, in whom the vertebrae of the spinal column are held together by ligaments, in cat they are bound by muscle, giving the cat great range of movement. Because of the construction of hisshoulder joint he can turn his foreleg in almost any direction.

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