Cats have tails as a way of communicating their feelings and desires, and also the supracaudal glands found on the surface of the tails are responsible for releasing a unique and distinct scent that is used for marking territory. When annoyed, cats normally make a quick tail swishing motion.Continue Reading
Although people in the past believed that docking tails helped ward off medical diseases and illnesses, this has found to be untrue. Some cats, like Manx cats, have short tails, and are still able to live long and fulfilling lives.
Although tail docking is a possibility for pet owners who do not wish for their cats to have tails, most veterinarians now question the ethics surrounding this surgical procedure.Learn more about Cats
According to the Humane Society, most feral cats and kittens live in colonies that occupy a specific territory. These territories can include a diverse, large terrain. Kittens can be found throughout the world and will always live near a stable food source when possible.Full Answer >
Female cats can and do spray to mark territory, states the ASPCA. However, this behavior is more common in male cats, especially those that have not been surgically sterilized.Full Answer >
While cats can verbalize their feelings through meows, chirps and growls, being able to interpret their body language is key for communication. Over time, cats can learn to understand and recognize tones of voice and mood, especially when their owners use them consistently. Keep in mind that cats and humans sometimes have contradictory body language, and while a human may stare at their pet to show affection, a cat often interprets direct eye contact as a challenge or threat.Full Answer >
The first domesticated cats appeared in human civilization thousands of years ago with the ancient Egyptians, who, according to reliable evidence, were the first people to keep cats around as a way of controlling rodents and other vermin that encroach on human food supplies. There may be some evidence that humans and cats have coexisted for some time before Ancient Egypt, particularly among early human societies in the Middle Eastern region known as the fertile crescent. It could be that cats invited themselves to be human pets, in a manner of speaking, having been attracted to the large quantities of prey that started gathering around the first human stores of grain.Full Answer >