Cat pictures and videos dominate the internet as we laugh at their quirky antics, but they don't do a whole lot to demystify the feline mind and body. One could argue that the pictures and videos make cats even more inscrutable, if that's even possible. Chances are good you've turned to Google a time or two in the hopes of finding an answer as to why your cat does that weird thing it does. The following 10 most Googled cat questions demonstrate that there's a lot of good information about cats on the internet. However, don't rely on Dr. Google for all answers feline and make an appointment at Blue Sky Vet Clinic for professional help with your cat.
1. Why do cats purr?
There are multiple reasons why cats purr. They include comfort to kittens, expressing love and affection, contentment, and even healing. The purr of a cat falls between 25 and 140 Hz which is known to help with healing of injuries.
2. Are cats nocturnal?
Cats are crepuscular instead of nocturnal. That means they're most active at twilight and the hours after sunset. While cats do a majority of their hunting at night, they adjust to just about any sleep schedule when necessary.
3. Why do cats sleep so much?
Felines expend a lot of energy when they're awake. They need their 15 hours of sleep to recharge their batteries and get ready for the next round of play and exploration.
4. Why do cats meow?
Cats primarily meow to humans because we don't do a good job of reading their body language. Otherwise, cats use body language and gestures to communicate with one another and tend to not vocalize.
5. What's the purpose behind a cat's kneading?
Kneading, or making biscuits, is a behavior that begins at birth. Kittens knead their mother's abdomen to get milk. They associate the motion with comfort and affection and continue the behavior throughout their life.
6. Why do cats like boxes so much?
Boxes make great places to hide in and explore and are irresistible for a creature as curious as a cat. Cats also like boxes for the sense of security they provide.
7. Why do cats hairball?
Cats are meticulous groomers and ingest a lot of hair on a daily basis. Some of it passes through the digestive system and into the litter box. The rest collects in the stomach and is regurgitated at random. Fun fact: a hairball is known as a trichobezoar.
8. Why do cats have whiskers?
Whiskers help a cat navigate through a room in low or no light and get a feeling for the air in the room. A cat's whiskers are as long as the width of their body and act as curb feelers. Never trim a cat's whiskers as they need them for their locomotion.
9. Why do cats eat grass?
Grass contains minerals and vitamins that help a cat with digestion and staying healthy. Cats eat the grass as a supplement, but also rely on grass to help them with hairballs.
10. How long do cats live for?
On average, cats live anywhere from 13 to 20 years of age with proper veterinary care and nutrition. Cats are starting to live past 20 with few complications due to advancements in the science of all things cat.