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7 Cat Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

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There’s a lot about your feline friend you might not know. And that’s exactly why we’ve compiled this list of lesser-known cat facts. So you can impress your pet with knowledge all about her and her unique feline body. 

Cat Fact #1: Cats Need Plenty Of Sleep

If it seems like your cat sleeps an awful lot of the time, it’s because...she does! Cats sleep on average 12 to 16 hours a day. Now, it’s no surprise they’ve claimed the term ‘cat nap,’ since you know sleeping and napping, take up a large portion of their days. 

But, exactly why do cats sleep so much? It’s because they are crepuscular. This means that they’re most active for a brief period of time at dusk and at dawn. Your kitty rises with the sun and has plenty of energy in the evening. But everything in between? Yeah, she’s likely to want plenty of space so she can catch some zzz’s. 

Cat Fact #2: Your Cat Has An Interesting Pep To Her Step

Cats are one of very few creatures who walk in a certain way. The others, camels, and giraffes share this in common with cats. When they're strolling along, you’ll notice they move both right feet first, then both left feet. No other animals walk in this manner. The next time you see your cat strutting her stuff, take note! She’s walking in her feline way that’s totally unique to her, and only a couple of other creatures on earth. 

Cat Fact #3 Cats Groom Themselves...A LOT

Your feline friend? She spends barely ⅓ of her day grooming herself. It’s safe to say that proper hygiene and good grooming are seriously important to cats. And that’s why you should make sure you’re supporting your feline friend and her grooming needs. Make sure your cat has a clean litter box that’s located in a space where she feels comfortable doing her ‘business.’ And, provide your cat with plenty of areas where she can get comfortable and go to town licking her paws and fixing her fur. Help your cat out by keeping her nails trimmed, her ears clean and her fur at a length that’s manageable. 

Cat Fact #4 Cats Can’t Taste Sweets

While dessert might be an alluring temptation to you, your cat doesn’t feel the same way. Felines simply don’t taste sweet flavors. So, the next time you’re planning to share a bite of your meal with your four-legged friend, make sure it’s something savory (and safe for her to eat).

Cat Fact #5 Many Cats Are Actually Lactose Intolerant

If you find a stray cat and want to offer her something to eat, do not put out a bowl of milk. Despite what folklore may suggest, most cats actually have a hard time handling lactose, or dairy products in general. Cats don’t always get the memo, though, and will likely lap up any dairy you put in front of them. It’s important to feed your feline friend only foods that her body can digest.

And, if you want to give her gut a little extra support, consider adding a cat probiotic supplement to her diet. They’re designed to help your cat’s digestive system handle anything she might eat, including dairy, by delivering billions of healthy bacteria straight to her GI tract. 

Cat Fact #6: Your Cat Is Good At Hiding Things From You

While it’s no secret that cats are mysterious because they enjoy spending plenty of their free time on their own, your cat is pretty good at keeping secrets from you, too. If your cat is experiencing a health issue, it can be extremely hard to tell because felines tend to hide their feelings and discomfort well. And this is why it’s important to bring your kitty in for regular Vet visits and perform frequent at-home wellness checks in between. Your cat won’t likely show many outward signs if she’s uncomfortable or facing a health issue, so it’s up to you as a pet parent to do everything you can to make sure your feline friend is comfortable, happy, and healthy at all times! 

Cat Fact #7: Cats Are Living Longer

Pet parents, it’s time to celebrate. For a number of reasons, cats are, on average, living longer. We have medical advances, availability of Vet treatments, healthier foods, and pet product options all to thank for this improvement. 

Pet parents are more likely, in recent years, to support their felines with Vet treatment that would have otherwise been too pricey, thanks in part to pet insurance plans and other factors. Pet parents are also making their cats a priority, more than ever before, which has positively impacted the vitality and length of your feline’s life! They’re purchasing high-quality food, supporting their felines with cat supplements, and making sure they have all the toys and supplies they need to live their best lives.

Pethonesty Products to Support Your Cat

To support the feline friend in your life, consider adding supplement support to her food dish. Pethonesty Digestive Probiotics+ Powder For Cats is designed to boost your kitty’s immune system, support her digestive health and provide her with some beneficial nutrients that will help ensure she’s healthy enough to fight off potential health issues.