The Sixth Sense of Cats

Cats were worshipped in Egypt by the Pharaohs and have been synonymous with witches in many fairytales however, is there more than meets the eye or other senses for that matter? It’s an eery feeling when your favourite feline is chilling on your lap relaxing then suddenly catapults itself into a fully alert state, sometimes hackles up ready for fight or flight. Your cat has sensed something, but what is it?

I recall when I was at a very young age my cat who came and slept with me a bedtime, a beige Burmese named Samira catapulted to attention with hackles up at the edge of my bed. I thought it was strange but didn’t think much of it at the time. Heading to the bathroom I caught a glimpse of the window curtain moving in the dark. I thought to myself that the window must be open.

I turned on the light and entered the bathroom, the window curtain had stopped moving and the temperature of the room felt like it had dropped extremely quickly, goosebumps appeared all over my skin from a mix of cold and fear. I went to close the window however to my astonishment the window was already closed.

Totally freaked out by this point I immediately left the bathroom in a hurry, ran back to my bedroom and huddled under the covers. My cat then came and settled down on the bed providing a huge amount of comfort and eventually I fell asleep. So can cats see the supernatural?

Cats senses as a whole are superior to humans. They can detect the smallest of vibrations often running out of houses right before an earthquake or volcanic eruption. Feline hearing is extremely acute and they can see in the dark.

Whilst it’s possible that cats may be able to sense things in which use mere humans cannot. It is far more likely that cats are picking up on sounds, smells and sights from a far greater distance, then humans are capable of sensing and react to those accordingly. This has served cats very well through their evolution thus far.

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The Cat Loving Hit-List

If you love these curious fur-balls that gaze into your eyes and control your thoughts then this is the list for you. Today we have the cat loving hit-list.

1. Scratching poles

It’s a well known fact that cats have claws. While it’s true that your beloved cats like to hone their claws on your furniture, this can easily be avoided by providing something better than your furniture. Scratching poles can be purchased from many retail outlets however you are really looking to save money they can be often found on websites such as craigslist or gumtree. There is nothing more satisfying for kitty cat and owner then installing a scratching poles and watching your cat rip into it with their claws.

2. Outdoor cat enclosure

Responsible cat owners understand the benefits of keeping their feline friends in an enclosure. Cats are APEX predators meaning they excel at taking down prey. To avoid your cat exercising its primal instincts be sure to install a cat enclosure. Cat enclosures can be in-expensive by using chicken and timber frames, however Saving Cats recommends recommends using aluminium posts and heavy gauge steel mesh. The aluminium posts will not rust and remain rigid whilst the heavy gauge steel is self supportive and will not bend. This will ensure that your prized pussy cannot escape and roaming intruder such as dogs cannot enter.

SOLOMON – Chilling in cat enclosure

3. Cat nip and cat herbs

ROMEO – Thats some good stuff

Cat nip is the feline equivalent of crack cocaine for cats. This inexpensive plant can make your cat feel like it’s floating on cloud 9. Don’ believe me? Purchase some catnip from your local nursery and bring the stuff indoors, your cat will thank you!

4. Finding that perfect sunny location

Garfield is the personification of a cat in which indulges in the sunlight. I recall reading comics many years ago and watching Garfield instantly fall asleep as soon the sunlight hits him. Many years later I still chuckle at the accuracy of the cartoon. Where I live the sun rises in the East and Sets in the West. 20 – 30 cats every morning follow the sunlight like clock works across the back room in an almost religious ceremony. It’s amazing to witness and weirdly satisfying at the same time.

BENTLY – Chasing the sun

5. Good food and fresh water

This is the last point within the hit-list and probably the most important. The old saying you are what you eat not only proves true for humans but also for cats. Cats as stated earlier are APEX predators meaning they are extremely good at catching live prey. That being said nothing is better for your feline friend than raw mince, whether that be beef, chicken or kangaroo. Grain free biscuits are also good but make sure you avoid cereal based biscuits as they can lead to urinary tract issues. Fresh water is also key and pet drinking fountains are also excellent source of the good old H20. If budget is tight simply leave the bathroom door and shower screen open. Cats will instinctively seek out fresh water sources such as these. As a fall back be sure to have water accessible in a drinking bowel at the very least.

5 Cool Things About Cat

1. Cats are curious animals 

Ever seen a cat who can resists a cardboard box? Nope, neither have I. Cats are extremely curious by nature. The minute anything new is brought into the house they will cautiously scout out the object, investigate thoroughly and then immediately see if they can climb, play or sleep on it.

Left to right – ELIJA, TORY, JESE and OSCAR

2. Their agility is second to none

I once had a cats that ran so fast around the house that is could literally defy gravity. It once traversed came screaming over the sofa and ran sideways across the wall like a marvel super hero. Watching a cat spring from floor to shelf, fridge to cupboard is like watching America Ninja in fast forward.

3. Cats have mastered hypnosis on humans

Ever been laying on the sofa watching television and out of nowhere your beloved feline pounces on your lap, intensely purring and starring into eyes….. thats usually all it takes before you fall under their trance. Little known fact is the frequency and vibrations of their purr has been proven to have many health benefits.

SOLOMON – look into my eyes, you are getting sleepy

4. Ever wondered where the saying it’s raining cats and dogs came from?

In Tudor time most people were poor and the only place to keep animals were in house. As sharing this space with people the animals were often placed up in the rafter. Roofs were made from thatch and when soaked from rain would give way hence the pets would then come down to ground, hence the saying.

5. Cats occasionally have smokers cough

Cats groom themselves by using their raspy tongue, this ensure that coats and paws are kept clean and in good condition. As you could imagine, cats will consume some hair each time they clean and this over time builds up and causes the cats to cough. Eventually the cat will drop a hairball and then rinse and repeat the process. This is very infrequent and not troublesome at all for the owner.