If I happened to be a cat writing this, I would argue that every day is Cat Day and not just one day during August. So, there you have it, how could I not celebrate a quaint egotistical view on life while pretending to be a cat.
As it’s all about cats, here are a few facts.
Stranger than fiction
In 1963, the first French cat went into space, it survived!
The group of words associated with a cat (catt, cath, chat, Katze) stem from the Latin catus, meaning domestic cat, as opposed to feles, or wild cat.
There are more cat owners than dog owners, 3 to 1.
When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would mourn by shaving off their eyebrows. They also held elaborate funerals during which they drank wine and beat their breasts. The cat was embalmed with a sculpted wooden mask, and the tiny mummy was placed in the family tomb or in a pet cemetery with little mummies of mice.
A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to humans than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their minds that are responsible for emotions. Check out more what-cats-are-made-of
The cat who holds the record for the most prolonged non-fatal fall is Andy. He fell from the 16th floor of an apartment building (about 200 ft/.06 km) and survived. You can now stop worrying about your cat when it climbs up a tree!
The wealthiest cat is Blackie who was left £15 million by his owner, Ben Rea. Now there’s an idea!
Cats are susceptible to vibrations. Cats are said to detect earthquake tremors 10 or 15 minutes before humans can.
Obviously, Charlie here in Turkey is a heavy sleeper due to not waking during an earthquake. [UPDATE: Charlie and his sister are now in living in the UK, and slowly getting used to snow]
As we are now living back in New Zealand, I will include my parents’ feline companion. His name is “Rocky”. He has many endearing qualities, and one that stands out is his ability to keep out of Mum’s way as she manoeuvres her wheelchair around his domain. If he is feeling a lack of energy, it is not unknown for him to catch a ride with Mum as she makes her way to other parts of the house.
Sometimes it is not only the extraordinary more the ordinary things they do that we love about them. Like David, the cat [UPDATE, is no longer living in France he’s now happily living back in the UK] who sat and stared for half an hour watching a program on wild cats! We did wonder how much of the program he was processing!
At the end of the day, cats are fascinating creatures that the majority of us love and with whom we share our lives, homes and reluctantly our beds.