Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
CATS love to stare. Whatever the reason, it's not because they see vivid colors because cats, based on scientific studies, don't see the full range of colors that most humans do.
Artist Nickolay Lamm, in consultation with renowned veterinary doctors from the All Animal Eye Clinic, The Animal Eye Institute, and the Ophthalmology group at Penn Vet, has established several ways by which cats see the world around them.
Lamm believes that the following is how a cat see things:
* Cats' peripheral vision is better than humans. Cats’ visual fields at roughly 200 degrees instead of 180 degrees are broader than humans.
* Cats are nearsighted which affect their visual acuity. Humans with good eyesight can see sharply up to distances of 100-200 feet, but that would already look blurry to cats which need to be not farther than 20 feet from something to see it clearly.
* Cats see better in dim light and at night because they have six to eight times more rod cells in their retinas than humans which help them see in poor lighting conditions.
* Cats unlike humans can see rapid movements better than humans, again thanks to their rod cells that refresh more quickly. This explains why they are quick at catching their prey, including the elusive laser dot.
* Cats see less colors than people and the version of the colors they see is quite dull. Cats see things in limited hues so they can't distinguish between red, yellow, green and orange objects. What cats' photoreceptors can pick up well are wavelengths in the blue-violet and greenish-yellow ranges so that experts believe they can see mostly blues and grays. Lately, however, experts think cats also see some green.
2016 is Year of the Monkey. The Fire Monkey to be exact. But have you ever wondered why there's never a Year of the Cat?
Every year, the Chinese celebrates one animal among a dozen creatures said to be present when the Jade Emperor was to designate Zodiac signs for the Chinese calendar.
Based on Chinese folklore, the rat who was then friends with cat went ahead to register on the appointed day, but forgot to awaken the late-sleeper cat. In the end, cat showed up too late to get a Zodiac sign and became forever angry with the rat.
But in real life, fate favors cats much more than rats. There are millions of cat lovers in the world and for them every year is like the Year of the Cat. -- MetroPets
THE cat is inside the bag. Yup, not out but inside.
Curious cats love to get inside a lot of different things, but they have a weakness for boxes and bags. A box, warm and snug, gives cats a sense of comfort and security. A paper bag or any type of bag probably has the same effect on cats, with an added entertainment value if the bag makes rustling sound.
Cats also love to stick their heads inside any kind of vessel. They become evidently excited as they tunnel deep inside to “explore”. If you have kitties, they probably gave you already several demonstrations of their box and bag obsession.
Here are our photos of funny cats having a blast stuffing themselves inside anything they find. It's amusing to watch cats get lost in their “new” world, but stick around to ensure they don't suffocate.
INTERNET cat sensation Maru knows a thing or two about boxes. The Scottish Fold kitty from Japan has been photographed and filmed countless of times doing what he loves and knows best: squeezing himself in all kinds of boxes or containers to hide all or just a part of him.
But it's not just Maru who experiences an irresistible attraction towards cardboxes. All cats do, even tigers and lions!
Why cardboard box? Well, science finally has the explanation for this endearing, bordering to crazy cat behavior.
Wired.com first reported how researchers at the Utrecht University have established that cats find comfort and security from the four corners of a box. They came up with this conclusion after separating 19 new cats from a Dutch animal shelter into two groups. One group was given empty boxes to use, while the other cats have none.
They wanted to find out which of the two groups would experience less stress and therefore adjust better by being in a new environment. After three or four days, the researchers noticed a significant decrease in the stress levels of cats with boxes compared to those without. At the end of the 14-day experiment, both groups have reached the same stress scores, but the cats in the “boxed” category reached that point 10 days earlier.
The researchers, who published their findings in the Applied Animal Behaviour Science, believe that being able to hide, spy, rest, sleep and even play inside a box provides a cat some sense of security and protection, especially when it finds itself in a new place. As a cat tries to adjust to and know its new environment, the box gives it privacy and peace. The box also lessens the chance of the cat being bothered by other animals or humans, allowing the sensitive animal to calm down and relax.
Researchers also believe cats find cardboard boxes to be very comfortable. The material is a good insulator to keep kitty warm and it can be easily scratched by restless claws.
In addition, cats know that the cardboard box is sturdy enough to be a fortress, but one that they can easily destroy if they want to, and without the human being too upset about it. Cats also seem to love the versatility of those four flaps that open and close the box. Those flaps present endless possibilities for hiding and stalking!
A cardboard box is a cat's bestfriend. If you have one lying around – a shoe box, pizza box, grocery box, any box – let your cat have it and watch happiness unfold inside that box.