Cats have been a part of humans for centuries. They were idolized by the Egyptians during antiquity thanks to their hunter qualities, then renounced in the Middle Ages because of superstitions and finally back in the homes during the contemporary era. In 2002, the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) decided to make August 8th International Cat Day! And on this occasion, we suggest you discover things you do not know about our feline friends! A cat spends 70% of its life sleeping. It is not uncommon to see your cat dive into Morpheus’s arms on a couch, chair or bed when he is not asking for food. And for good reason ! A cat spends 2/3 of its life to sleep an average of 16 hours a day over a year. Kittens can even sleep up to 22 hours a day. If cats sleep so much, it is because they reserve their energy for hunting. A domesticated cat or not will always keep his cat’s instinct. Even if he wants you to eat, he will want to play to keep his hunting abilities intact and stimulate his muscles. The purring of the cat has therapeutic effects The « purring » of cats has a therapeutic virtue! When the cat purrs, we perceive its vibrations at a low frequency (between 20 and 50 hertz) through nerve endings located flush with the skin. These sound vibrations are a boon for the body because they cause a production of serotonin within our body (the hormone of well-being). But that’s not all, cats purr when wounded so they can recover faster thanks to the vibrations they emit! Cats meow only to communicate with Humans Surely you have wondered why your cat was often meowing in your company? Wildcats do not mew between them, they keep this language for humans. And if we say language, it is actually an attempt to communicate between your cat and you. If your cat is meowing, it’s because he has something to tell you! Whether to eat, to welcome you, to ask for hugs, or simply « talk » with you. So if you talk to your cat telling you that he does not understand anything anyway. That’s wrong, he’ll try to answer you, he just does not know how. Cats use their heads to fall back on their paws The famous theory of toast, « And if I put a slice of bread on my cat’s back and I let it go, what’s going on? « . Do not worry, nothing happens, no supernatural phenomena or other fantasies! But how do you explain that a cat always falls on its feet? The cat has « sensors » in his whiskers that allow him to first obtain the necessary information on the distance that separates him from the fall. In a second time, he uses his inner ear to make the difference between the top and the bottom. Thus, thanks to its flexible anatomy, the cat begins by turning his head back then his body and finally his paws.