Did you know...
- The young of all cat species are born blind and helpless. Their eyes open after about 2 weeks.
- Cubs (larger cats) and kittens (smaller cats) play-fight as a way of practicing their stalking and hunting skills; biting, wrestling and stalking each other will provide them with practice necessary to kill their prey once they leave the safety of their mother.
- It is just as important to care for a feline's emotional needs? We provide our animals with emotional enrichment.
- When a cat "sharpens its claws," it is actually marking its territory with a scent (scent glands located in the paws) and a visible scratch mark. They may claw the ground, a tree, or even your living room furniture.
- Cats also chin-and cheek-rub against objects, and even each other, as a way of marking inanimate objects with scent through their saliva and scent glands located in the cheeks and lips.
- When a cat rubs its forehead against you or another animal (such as its mother or a littermate), it is marking that person or animal with a special scent gland in order to identify them as a member of the family.
- Most cats kill by biting the back of the prey's neck, inserting the canine teeth between the neck vertebrae and severing the spinal cord of the victim. On larger prey, they kill by grasping the throat of the intended victim and suffocating it.
- The claws of a cat have been compared to a "natural jacknife," protracting (sticking out) with a springlike motion during an attack.
- A cat's claws remain retracted, or inside the paw, so they will remain sharp. If the cat had claws that remained constantly protracted, as the claws of a dog, for example, they would become dull due to wear.