Writer’s Note: Cats Over Dogs

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I prefer watching a lot more cat videos on social media than dog videos. My experience handling cats for most of my childhood and teenage life can fit in my CV and get me through any door.
I’m still as confused as to why a lot of people prefer dogs over cats. Don’t get me wrong, they’re equally good pets. Dogs have been man’s best friend for several decades, a story dating to as far back as the age of hunting and gathering. Something along the line of a wolf being domesticated into the first ever dog.

However there’s something special about cats. They are an enigma that have captured the hearts of people for thousands of years. Their mysterious personalities and adorable looks have made them an incredibly popular pet, and according to a survey 18% of households in the UK alone are ruled by a cat. With so many cats around us, surely that would mean that everyone knows everything possible about them, right? Wrong! There are so many interesting facts about cats that you probably haven’t heard of, from the world’s largest cat, to the surprising way they walk.

The main reason I prefer them over dogs is their lack of neediness which is typical of dogs. For anyone that knows me well, I don’t like being needed. As such I don’t have much to do with a cat. Once fed, the car wants little to do with me. For as long as you feed a cat, it will respect your space. Dogs on the other hand are the complete opposite once fed. They need you to wash them, take them for walks, play with them, pet them, love them etc. Even on a full stomach, that’s too much for me to give.

It would shock my readers to know that the time I had a dog, I was relieved to hear that it was given away. My experience as a babysitter is the worst. I couldn’t stand babysitting a dog. As for the cat, I’ve had more cats than dogs and everytime I hear that they’ve disappeared, my heart is crushed. I never liked being needed…and this is likely to remain.

I was doing some random search on Google about some unknown facts about cats and this came up:

The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago. Originally it was thought that Egyptians domesticated the cat? But in 2004, French archaeologists discovered a 9,500 year old cat grave in Cyprus. This makes this the oldest known pet cat and it predates Egyptian art about cats by over 4,000 years!

Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping. If there was a job that revolved replicating what a cat does on a daily basis, I’d be rich beyond my wildest dreams. According to Veterinary Hub, Cats actually spend 70% of their lives sleeping, which works out to around 13-16 hours a day.

A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years, an orange tabby cat called Stubbs, the mayor of Talkeetna, a small town in Alaska.

The record for the longest cat ever is 48.5 inches, a Maine Coon called Stewie, and was measured at 48.5 inches. Whereas, the record for the tallest cat belonged to Arcturus at a whopping 19.05 inches tall!

The richest cat in the world had £7 million, according to Guinness World Records and was named Blackie. When his millionaire owner passed away he refused to recognise his family in his will and instead gave his 7-million-pound fortune to Blackie!

Cats walk like camels and giraffes

In 1963 a cat went to space. On October 18th 1963 Felicette, also known as ‘Astrocat’ was the first and only cat to go to space.

Isaac Newton invented the cat door. When Newton was working on his experiments at the University of Cambridge he was constantly interrupted by his cats scratching at the door. So he called the Cambridge carpenter to saw two holes in the door, one for the mother cat and one for her kittens! Apparently these holes can still be seen at the university today.

House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers.

A house cat can reach speeds of up to 30mph. They can hit speeds of around 30mph which is so fast that they could beat Usain Bolt in a 200-metre dash!

The record for the loudest purr is 67.8db(A), currently held by Merlin, a black and white cat from Torquay, UK. His purr is 67.8db(A) and for context, this is nearly the same volume as a shower! Most cats purr at around 25db.

Purring doesn’t always mean the cat is happy. They make the sound when they’re content, but they also purr when they’re sick, stressed, hurt, or giving birth.

Your cat probably hates music. But they might like tunes written by composer David Teie, who partnered with animal scientists to make an album called Music for Cats. Released in 2015, the songs are “based on feline vocal communication and environmental sounds that pique the interest of cats,” Teie’s website states.

Cute cat videos have been around for more than a century. Long before Keyboard Cat took the internet by storm, inventor Thomas Edison filmed two kitties “boxing” inside a ring. Created in 1894, the brief clip proves that humans have been obsessed with cute cat videos since long before the advent of YouTube.

People who go to college are more likely to have a cat. In 2010, researchers from the University of Bristol surveyed 3000 people about their pets, geography, and scholastic history. They found that people with university degrees were 1.36 times more likely to own a kitty than other pet owners. This phenomenon might be attributed to the fact that cats are low-maintenance, and therefore better companions for accomplished people with busy careers.

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