1. The average lifespan of a cat is 13 to 17 years, but there are some that live to be 20 or even older. Corduroy, the oldest living cat in the world recently featured on Daily Mail, is 26 years old.
2. You can more or less gauge a cat’s personality by their coat pattern. According to Pet Wellbeing, Calico cats, or the ones with orange, white, and black spots, are considered to be quiet and docile. Gray and orange tabbies are outspoken and rambunctious. Solid black cats are wild and unpredictable.
3. Cats populate very fast. It’s important to spay or neuter them once they reach six months old, or until your vet gives you the green light to do so.
4. Cats are generally suspicious creatures of habit. Don’t worry if your new fur-baby hides under furniture on his or her first day home. Cats need quiet spaces and enough time to settle in.
5. Cats naturally gravitate to soil or sand when they need to do their bathroom business, so have litter boxes in accessible places. Always makes sure to keep their bins clean as cats will not use dirty ones.
6. Cats’ nails need to be trimmed approximately twice a month if you don’t want scratches on your furniture. Do NOT even consider declawing. Declawing is an inhumane practice that causes cats pain even after the procedure.
7. You almost always see cats being given milk in movies, but the fact is they’re lactose intolerant. Opt for pet milk products that are lactose-free.
8. Onions, grapes, chocolates, alcohol, and caffeine are some of the things that are poisonous to cats.
9. Cats purr when they’re happy. However, purring can also mean that they’re nervous, stressed, or in pain. It’s important to be observant of your cat’s demeanor to know if he or she needs to be rushed to the vet.
10. As cats are great at hiding illnesses, so regular vet check-ups are a must.
11. Cats get lonely even if they don’t show it as much as dogs. Don’t leave them alone or with a person they are unfamiliar with for long periods.
12. Cats need quiet affection. Pamper them enough and you have a bond to last a lifetime.