People love to call cats jerks (or worse). Sure, they knock over your stuff, jump on you while you’re asleep and “fluff” your skin until it’s gored, but are they really any worse than any other species? Last week we talked about how cats really prefer to be around people and may even choose companionship over getting food or cat toys, so they can’t be all that bad, right?
It’s hard to believe it (especially if you’ve got a cat who loves to push your glasses off the table and otherwise make your life miserable), but scientists are saying that cats prefer human company to eating. By studying 50 cats, they noticed that the cats preferred snuggling with humans than being given food. The cats also preferred spending time with humans to playing with toys, making us more fun to cats, too.
Have you ever had a friend tell you, “I wish I could borrow your cat!” after you talk about what a great mouser Mr. Whiskers is? Now businesses in Washington, DC can do just that while they gain not only a furry ambassador, but a complete pest control worker. The cats aren’t the cuddly type, so they can’t get homes otherwise, making the program a literal life-saver for them.
You often hear horror stories about cats dragging in mice, birds, squirrels and even snakes into their owners' homes. Some scientists say they are left as gifts, while others think that cats want to feed their owners who appear to be incapable of hunting for themselves! When your cat sneezes a snake out, however, that may be additional cause for concern.
Cats are some of the easiest pets to own (or should we say that they own us?). Sure, they can destroy things once in a while and randomly puke in your slippers for no reason, but for the most part they enjoy sleeping, eating and purring on your head.
If you love cats as much as I do, this news will break your heart. In North Port, Florida, a man named Andrew Gerberich neglected his cats so badly that they resorted to cannibalism after they were not fed. He had a total of 26 cats on his property as well as 9 dead cats, some of which had been eaten by the others in an attempt to survive. Gerberich is being held on a bond for $915,000 for aggravated animal cruelty.
I remember the first time someone told me their theory that cat coat colors were linked to their personality. I brushed it off at the time, but in the years since then, I have heard it many times from a wide variety of people - from your average everyday cat lover to veterinarians.
Most cats don't do well on a long absence. They come home matted, skinny, and desperate for food and attention. But not Clive, a Norwegian Forest Cat who slipped away from his home in Nottinghamshire, England in October, 2014.
There is a new viral video trend that has cats terrified across the land. Yes, it's funny to us - mainly because the cats' reactions seem out of proportion to us. It's obviously not out of proportion to the cat, and experts are warning that scaring cats is (surprise!) not very good for them.