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7 mind-blowing (science-proven) facts about cats

7 amazing facts about cats

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Because cats are so mysterious, they have been studied by science to reveal the secrets of their behaviour and personalities. And you'll be surprised by some of the things that have been discovered!

By Emilie Heyl

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Have you always dreamed of understanding your cat better, but sometimes your feline still seems to come from another planet?

Scientists don't cease to be amazed either!

And in recent years, many interesting discoveries have been found on our four-legged friends - more than one of which is sure to leave you open-mouthed!

Discover 7 of the most mind-blowing facts about cats.

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    1. Cats don't like sweets

    Unlike humans, cats are not attracted to sweet foods because they have no receptors to perceive this taste.

    If your cat tries to eat sweet foods, such as bread or biscuits, it is probably because they contain some other ingredient that they like - dairy or fat, for example.

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    2. You can communicate with your cat thanks to this trick

    According to recent research from the Universities of Portsmouth and Sussex, it is possible to communicate with cats. How? Simply by looking into their eyes and closing them very slowly, as if you were blinking in slow motion. Your cat is supposed to be able to understand this behaviour and respond to you.

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    3. Cats have a favourite leg

    Like humans who are, in most cases, left- or right-handed, cats also have a preferred paw. According to research conducted in 2019, male cats tend to be left-handed, while female cats tend to prefer the right paw.

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    4. 1 in 10 cats suffer from separation anxiety

    According to a study, at least one in ten cats suffer from separation anxiety when their humans leave home and they are left alone. Lack of toys or another animal in the house are factors that accentuate this problem. Other behavioural traits, such as excessive vocalisation, urinating in inappropriate places, aggression, agitation or defecation in the wrong places are also signs of this problem.

    To remedy this, you can get your cat used to spending time alone, but also offer him the possibility to do different activities in his living space.

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    5. Cats spend 70% of their time asleep

    In case you doubted it, it's true! Cats LOVE to sleep and devote much of their time to this passion that many humans envy.

    According to a study, cats would spend 70% of their life sleeping, which represents more or less 14 hours a day!

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    6. Cats are 95.6% tigers

    To say that cats are little tigers is no exaggeration. According to a study, cats share more than 95% of their genetics with tigers! A surprising fact, but one that explains the similarity in character between these two species.

    One thing is certain: you won't look at your kitty the same way now that you know this.

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    7. Cats can predict storms

    Unlike humans, cats, like many other animals, are more sensitive to sounds, smells and changes in atmospheric pressure. Their keen senses allow them to perceive the signs of an approaching storm long before humans are aware of it.

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