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5 facts about cats you probably didn’t know about

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These felines may not be considered man’s best friend, but they are faithful companions of humanity for thousands of years. Find out more about these fantastic animals.

Elegant in appearance, independent and extremely intelligent, cats have become pets which has captured the hearts of many people. They are also second after dogs in the race for the title of “man’s best friend”.

So if you have a feline for companyit is worth knowing some curious facts about him to better understand his behavior.

1. CATS HAVE ACCOMPANIED MEN FOR ALMOST 10,000 YEARS.

Cats have lived among humans since the earliest civilizations. In fact, studies show that these little cats have accompanied humanity for thousands of years.

An article published in the journal Science in 2004 reports the discovery of a cat skeleton unearthed in southern Cyprus. The complete skeleton of the animal was closely associated to a 9,500-year-old human burial, suggesting the eight-month-old feline was domesticated and loved.

2. THE FIRST DOMESTIC CATS WERE SKILLED HUNTERS AND TRAPPERS

It is thought that the domestication of cats was motivated by the great ability of cats to hunt rodents and other parasites.

In 2013, a team of archaeologists found eight cat bones when from an excavation in an ancient settlement known as Quanhucun in central China.

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The bones, which date back about 5,300 years, were discovered with rat burrows in grain stores, as reported in an article published in the journal Science in December of the same year. According to the researchers, the results indicate that the the animals helped the locals to solve the problem of domestic parasites by chasing away rodents.

3. WERE THE CATS EGYPTIANS?

These felines are among the most emblematic animals of ancient Egyptian art and culture.

According to the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), Egyptians admired and loved cats for their complex and dual nature. For them, cats combined grace, fecundity, and kindness with aggression, agility, and danger.

But it is very important to note that the Egyptians did not worship cats. Rather, they believed that some deities, often depicted in feline features, shared character traits with animals, explains ARCE.

4. ADAPT THE CAT KNIT TO COMMUNICATE WITH MEN

A study on domestic cat behavior, published in 2009 in the scientific journal Current Biology, shows that cats have learned to vocalize a specific sound to “train” and communicate with their human companions.

In fact, the publication suggests that animals use a specific combination of meowing and purring to get the attention of their owners, usually when begging.

According to the researchers, this vocalization could trigger the natural human reaction to a baby’s cry, because the cat’s meow is similar in frequency to crying.

5. A SLOW BLINK IS THE EQUIVALENT OF A CAT’S SMILE

Additionally, scientists have found that slowly closing your eyes is the best way to bond with cats. Of the experts in Animal Behavior at the University of Sussex conducted two experiments for a study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports in 2020.

The results indicate that the slow blink technique mimics what is known as a cat’s smile and appears to help create a connection between animals and their owners.

However, without adding anything, it remains only to say that our cats are extremely wonderful creatures.

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