Cats wag their tails to send messages to both humans and other animals. The positioning of the tail as well as the position of the ears and the cat's facial expression are all clues as to what the cat's tail wag or wave means.Know More
The tail flick is one of the common cat tail wags. The cat holds the tail lower and then extends it quickly while flicking it back and forth. This is a sign of offensive aggression. This can be seen often when a cat is brought to the veterinarian's office. The cat flicks the tail on the exam room table to let the veterinarian know that it is not happy to be there.
Another cat tail wag is called the vertical hold. This happens when the cat takes its tail and holds it straight up. Sometimes there will be a bit of back and forth. This means that the cat is happy and in a playful mood; however, if the tail is being held upright but is curved slightly inward then the cat does not interact and is in a defensive position.
The arched tail is a cat tail wag where the cat has pinned his or her ears back and has an arched back along with an arched or erect tail. This cat is letting everyone know that he or she is ready for the defensive or the offensive. The cat is ready to react to anything.Learn More
During the Space Race fervor of the mid-1900s, humans from several different countries sent a number of non-human animals into space, including a cat who flew a successful French space mission in 1963, parachuting safely back to earth at the end of her trip. According to NASA, this cat, named Félicette, made the first successful feline trip into space on a Veronique AGI sounding rocket No. 47. Her French cat astronaut successor, an unnamed cat, was not able to be recovered and died during the mission, which took place just a few days after Félicette made her groundbreaking trip.Full Answer >
Cats see better than humans in semi-darkness, although they cannot see in complete darkness. Cats need only one-sixth of the amount of light that humans require to see.Full Answer >
Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder than only affects humans, so cats cannot have it. There are other chromosomal disorders that affect cats and can have symptoms similar to those of Down syndrome.Full Answer >
Cats' mouths are not cleaner than the mouths of humans. According to Keeping it Kleen, felines have hundreds of micro-organisms living in their mouths like humans. A cat's bite is also more likely to foster an infection because they have sharper teeth.Full Answer >