Posts tagged ‘Cats’

What are tails for?

Animal’s Tail

The tails of animals are good for many things.  Jumping animals, such as cats and kangaroos, use their tails for balance.

Many monkeys use their long tails to help them climb trees.  Horses and cows swish away pesky insects with their tails.

A fish swims with its tail, of course, and so do many other water creatures.

A bird without a tail would have a hard time taking of and landing. Dogs give special messages to other dogs by wagging their tails.  One kind of wag means, “I’m happy to see you.”  Another means, “I’m the boss around here.”–Dick Rogers

Are cats afraid of water?


Cats are not afraid of water.  They can even swim when they must.  But most cats do not like baths, or being chilled with water.

A cat spends much time grooming itself, using its rough tongue as a washcloth to “bathe” its body.

The tongue can reach almost everywhere except the head and neck.

The cat licks a paw and washes its face and head with a wet pay.  It is soiled with something that only a bath will clean off.

The cat’s all-purpose tongue also serves as a spoon when drinking milk.  It take four or five laps before swallowing.  Its rough surface helps file bits of meat from bones.  All cats are hunters.

Their sharp claws help them catch rats, mice, gophers and other animals.  A hunter that must get close enough to its prey to pounce on it must be spotlessly clean and have no odor to warm its victim. – Dick Rogers


Do cats always land on their feet?


There are many wrong ideas about cats.  One is that cat always lands on its feet.

Contrary to this popular idea, cants do sometimes fall to land safely on all four feet.  But generally, a can manages to twist in midair and land on its feet if it falls or is dropped.

The cat is actually a talented acrobat, its body is long and flexible, with powerful muscles.

Its muscular control, aided by a keen balancing sense, enables the can to make high, graceful leaps and land safely.

A cat can move so quickly that people like to think it has nine lives.  The quickness of the cat’s instincts and its lithe, agile body enable it to get out of dangerous situation better than most other animals.

The cat’s athletic skills ideally suit it as a hunter.  It can stand up on its prey silently on padded toes.  Then it crouches down.  Its tail swings back and forth.  Its muscles tense.  Then…it pounces in a flash!  – Dick Rogers


How long have cats been pets?


Cats are fun to keep as pets.  They make playful friendly companions.  The cat has been a favorite pet for a long, long time.  Many believe that the Egyptians tamed the first cats more than 4,000 years ago.  The Egyptian cat was one of the small wildcats found in North Africa.

Cats kept rats and mice from overrunning the great Egyptian grain storehouses.  Probably because they did such a good job in destroying these pests, the Egyptian worshiped the cat as a god.  An Egyptian who harmed a cat was punished.  By about the 9th century, cats were helping to keep farms, shops and houses in Europe mouseless.

But the early Europeans associated cats with witches and evil spirits rather than a god, and many superstitions grew up around cats. About cat, for example, was a sign of bad luck.  To many people today,  a cat is just a nice pet to have around. – Dick Rogers