We usually view the placebo effect as a treatment of faith. If you believe the pill will help you, it will; the only condition is that you must believe it. In this light, it is plausible to dismiss the notion of placebo having an effect on animals. Especially pets in veterinary medicine. After all, cats and dogs can’t possibly know how good the homeopathic remedy or … [Read more...] about Why does placebo work on dogs and cats?
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Most people know that pet cats are closely related to big cats, like lions and tigers. Most of us love this resemblance and view our pets as smaller versions of them. But how close cousins are they and do you know which animal is the closest wild relative to domestic cats? All cats belong to the family of Felidae, which translates from Latin as “cats”. Within this family are … [Read more...] about What are the closest relatives to domestic cats?
Let’s say, a sausage disappeared from your table and you suspect that your cat is to be blamed. You look him up, and, after “exchanging” a few words, you are convinced. The cat has that guilty look. And it isn’t the first time. But what if we told you that cats don’t feel guilt or shame? Why would they? In order to feel guilty, one has to understand that he is doing something … [Read more...] about Do cats feel guilty about what they do?
In our articles, we often talk about the necessity to ensure your cat is feeling secure by providing him or her with elevated locations, placing litter boxes in secure areas as well as other methods to ensure your cat feels safe. But feels safe from what? Indoor cats rarely encounter things that are more dangerous than vacuum cleaners, tumble dryers or toddlers. But the … [Read more...] about What are natural enemies of cats?
The best way to determine the proper nutrition for a domestic cat is to take a look at what cats normally eat in the wild. After all, this is what cats traditionally have consumed for tens of thousands of years before any commercial cat food appeared, and cats appear to have thrived on this "wild" diet. In this article, you are going to learn what sort of animals cats … [Read more...] about What would a cat eat in the wild?
Over years, cats, and how they view the world revolving around them, has been a subject to numerous of myths, misbeliefs and even intentionally played false acquisitions. Some of those myths are already gone, but some, unfortunately, live up to nowadays. Cat Myth #1 Dry food cleans the teeth of your cat For a long time it was, and still is often believed that dry food … [Read more...] about 9 myths and misconceptions about domestic cats
Research shows domestic cats are extremely good hunters with an average of every third pounce resulting in a catch. Only a few other animals, mostly large cats, can beat it. Is it a coincidence? Not even close, here are the reasons why cats are one of the most successful hunters ever walked on the Earth. Click the image to see it larger, or read below for a textual … [Read more...] about Stuff that makes your cat a perfect hunter – an infographic
One of the scariest vocalizations made by cats is hissing. Sometimes, if you enter an empty room and hear a sudden hiss, skin or your neck may crawl. It's that horrifying for a good cause and very well relates to the reason why cats hiss in the first place. But have you ever got angry at your cat just because he hisses at you? It comes naturally because we tend to … [Read more...] about Why hiss of a cat makes your skin crawl?
For quite a long time cats were considered as antisocial creatures, the ones who do not crave company, the ones who walk by themselves, and as the ones, who, even if live together, are actually living "apart together". But what is the reality? Are cats solitary animals, or do they need other animals and humans by their side? First of, there are two extremes of this … [Read more...] about Are cats solitary animals? And is it dangerous to presume cats as social animals?
The fastest animal on Earth is a cat. Not the domestic one, though. It's the cheetah who can accelerate up to a speed of 75 mile per hour which equals 120km/h. Astonishing. But how fast can a domestic cat run? So we asked for a help of our local police officers with a radar and found out that, while normally cats walk on average at a speed of 2 mph (3.3 km/h), but during the … [Read more...] about How fast can a domestic cat run?