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  1. Cats have a visual system that allows them to see in an environment illuminated by only 1/6 of the light required by humans.
  2. Cats do not have a well-developed color vision and is slightly myopic (near sited). However, they can detect rapid movements at a relatively high distance (renowned hunter).
  3. Cats have an auditory system that allows them to detect sounds at high frequencies that are imperceptible to human beings.
  4. Cats have an olfactory system that is less developed than dogs but contain 15 000 000 more olfactory cells than human.
  5. Play behavior is very frequent between kittens that are 4 to 16 weeks old but the frequency of these playful interactions will decrease considerably after 4 months of age
  6. A cat that is regularly running after another cat in the household is usually an aggressor and not a playmate.
  7. A cat that “spit” (sounds like "ffft") is scared. This behavior is a part of a defensive sequence.
  8. If you see a cat spiting to another cat, this behavior should be interpreted as an answer to a passive threat (staring at the other cat, blocking the way, etc.) or an active threat (rapid approach or forced interaction or contact).
  9. Cats usually purr when they feel comfortable but can also purr in order to appease themselves in a stressful situation or when suffering from a specific disease.
  10. A cat approaching with its tail in a vertical position is a friendly cat.
  11. Cats have a skin that does not allow them to sweat like a human being would. Only the footpads have the ability to sweat. You can therefore observe cats leaving footprints on smooth surfaces when they are stressed or overheated.
  12. Urine marking (spraying a small amount of urine on vertical object of surface) is a normal feline communicative behavior.
  13. Cats can also mark by rubbing their cheeks on the corner of the wall or by scratching with their claws or paws on preferred surfaces. These behaviors have an appeasing effect on cats in the household.
  14. Feline predatory needs are independent from their feeding needs. Cats can then hunt for their pleasure or to satisfy their predatory needs even when they are not hungry.
  15. Predatory needs can vary from a cat to another. This variation could be from 1 to 12 hours of daily predation but usually represent 3 to 4 hours daily per cat.
  16. When fed ad lib with continuous fresh food, cats will naturally choose to eat 9 to 12 small meals per day.
  17. Taste and texture preferences are acquired early during the kitten development.
  18. Cats that appreciate a specific meal will smell it and then lick its lips or groom their face with their paw. On the other hand, if the cats are not interested by the specific meal, they will lick their nose after sniffing the undesirable food.
  19. Cats’ daily time budget is as follows:
    1. Sleeping 40% (9-10 hours)
    2. Resting 22% (5-6 hours)
    3. Grooming 15% (3-4 hours)
    4. Hunting 14% (3-4 hours)
    5. Roaming 3% (+/- 3/4 hour)
    6. Feeding 2% (+/- 1/2 hour)
  20. Cats are mostly solitary. In multicat household 70% of the owners observe fighting betweens cats.
  21. Many cats like to be close to human but do not tolerate being manipulated.
  22. To prevent social problem, domestic cats need 1 litter box per cat plus one. That is to say, if you live in a 3 cats household, your cats will need 4 litter boxes
  23. Cats like to climb and hide in elevated area where they can supervise the activities without being seen.
  24. Knowing that many cats like to be close to their owners, providing an exclusive room for your cats might not be the best idea.
  25. Some cats love catnip while others appear to be unaffected by it.
  26. Cats prefer moving toys than noisy or inert toys.
  27. It takes less than 3 minutes to teach a cat to sit down on demand.
  28. Cats like complex tasks that stimulate their mental skills.
  29. Cats are crepuscular. This means that they are more active and prefer hunting at dusk and dawn when birds and small rodents are also active. This is why your cat is waking you up in the morning to receive its daily portion of food or to go outside in early evening.
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