Learn about cats and their hunting skills
Cats are one of the most skillful hunters of all animals. A cat usually hunts alone instead of hunting in groups because hiding and pouncing cannot be successful in a group. Most cats hunt at night. Cats generally are nocturnal in habit.
Cats are able to catch other animals by approaching them swiftly and quietly on padded feet. Or they may wait motionless until an animal comes close and then they will spring upon it suddenly.
Learn about cats and their agility
Cats also have a keen sense of balance and can easily walk along the tops of narrow fences or along narrow ledges. When cats fall, they almost always land on their feet.
Cats run faster than any other animal. A domestic cat can run at speeds of up to thirty miles per hour. A Cheetah can run faster than any other animal. Cheetahs can run at speeds of seventy miles per hour. Cats are also excellent swimmers. Some cats swim short distances for pleasure and some others, particularly the tiger, swim for long distances.
All cats walk on the tips of their toes, not on the soles of their feet. The Giraffe and Camel are the only known animals that walk on the tips of their toes similar to cats. Cats walk on their toes, their steps cushioned by pads, which aid silent hunting and enable them to move swiftly when they need to pounce.
Learn about cats and their sleeping habits
Cats are the sleepiest of all mammals. A cat sleeps for sixteen to eighteen hours a day. Domestic cats prefer to sleep in laundry basket, chair, bed, on a window sill or in a box while stray cats always sleep in safe places.
Learn about cats …. and newborn kittens
A newborn kitten is unable to see, hear or walk. All kittens are born with blue eyes. The colour of the eyes of a kitten changes as he grows older. Kittens start walking at the age of about two weeks.
Learn about cats and their whiskers
Cats have whiskers that are long straight hairs that protrude from the their lips. The whiskers are sensitive to air currents. Whiskers or vibrissae are delicate sensitive organs of touch equivalent to fingertips of human beings. Whiskers may help catch reflections of sound, thus serving somewhat the same function as antennas do in other animals. As the air moves, the whiskers vibrate and cats use messages in these vibrations to sense the presence, size and shape of nearby objects without seeing or touching them.
Cat also uses its whiskers for determining width of a gap. Cats have about twenty-four movable whiskers, twelve on either side of their nose. Small groups of whiskers are also located on other parts of the body as well, such as on the outer edges of cheeks, above the eyes and on the back of the front legs. The whiskers function as radars in cats.