There’s a reason why some animals are famous and others are not- it's because they live in an interesting world!
Some cats spend their time reclining on soft warm blankets or lounging next to their owner, both listening to music and watching television with them. Others enjoy exploring other rooms of the house, going outside for short trips, and even traveling to new places.
Whether your cat is more active or laid back, she's still engaging her mind as she explores what's around her.
The way that cats perceive and interpret their surroundings is very sophisticated. They use several different senses (sight, sound, smell, taste) to learn about how things work and where potential food sources may be.
These skills help them survive by giving them understanding of when it's safe to eat something and how to find shelter to protect themselves from the elements.
It's also important to note that most cats were never taught how to respond to social cues such as being greeted by another animal or having someone get close to them. This can result in severe behavioral issues like aggression towards other dogs or people.
However, aside from anything else, it's just plain fun to watch all of the crazy ways that your cat interacts with the world! Here we'll talk about 10 weird tricks that many cats perform for the rest of us to admire.
They use their ears to listen
Most people know that dogs are sensitive to sounds, but few realize just how different dog hearing is than human hearing. For example, many animals don’t have middle ears like ours do; instead, they rely on air moving through their skull to help process auditory information.
Some experts say that we humans only pay attention to about 10% of what we hear, so why should other mammals be any different?
But even though some species don’t have middle ears, they still depend on their ears to help process sounds. And although you probably didn’t learn this in school, here’s something very important:
For every creature except for cats, they can’t control when their ears work and don’t work. Dogs get praise for listening, but most puppies grow out of this stage before they graduate from puppy college.
Cats seem to never make that transition. According to some sources, adult cats lose half of all sound-sensitive hairs around the outside of each ear. That means there's less room for lapping water to filter out noise, which may also contribute to deafness.
They use their noses to smell
A lot of people think that cats are only using their whiskers for grooming, but actually they have many other uses!
Mostly, cats use their nose to explore. If you’ve ever seen a cat sniffing something curiously, then he or she may be trying to determine if it is safe to taste, lick, or even scoop it up with their tongue.
This way of smelling is called olfaction (the perception of smells) and happens in very small quantities.
A few drops of scent will not make much difference, so a fast moving animal like a cat can easily process what it learns from its nose.
It takes about one second for a person to recognize a face, which is why we often say “you look just like my cousin So-and-So.
Most mammals are able to see colors, but not cats. Because they don’t have color-sensitive cells in their retinae, they can only perceive shades of gray. Even if you try to show them a bright red object, they won’t be able to recognize it as such.
Many people believe that this is because cats were bred to hunt mice, which typically go about their business in dark environments. Therefore, humans developed ways to help mask the animals’ natural hue.
However, this theory doesn’t hold up for two reasons. First, most cat breeds weren’t designed for hunting. The British shorthair, for example, was originally called the “gray ghost” due to its spooky appearance. Second, even feral or non-domesticated cats still spend lots of time exploring light and dark areas, so there must be more to their vision than just shadows.
Another possibility is that some cats simply aren’t interested in chasing after moving targets. When we look at a still leaf, for instance, our brains conclude that it isn’t moving fast enough, and thus it does not capture our attention. (This also happens when we look at things like clouds or waves.
They use their tongue to taste
The way that cats taste or investigate food is by lapping, licking, or chewing it. When they are eating, they usually put some in their mouth, close their lips around it, push themselves away, then lick the area of your hand where you just tasted them! This can continue for minutes depending on how hungry they are.
Some experts say that this habit comes from when kittens play with milk as puppies do, only instead of sucking on the nipple, they’re trying to get more of the substance out by moving it across their tongues.
This theory was supported when you look at how quickly babies learn about tastes.
They use their paws to feel
When they walk, cats shift their weight from one paw to the next to find balance. This is how they determine whether to take a step forward or back!
They also use their feet to sense things like if someone is warm or cold, solid or soft, wet or dry. By feeling with their paws, the cat can tell what you are made of and how to get through your layers to access your inner self.
Cats also use their whiskers for sensing smells. Some say that it’s the only thing about them that people don’t know!
Lastly, as we all know, many animals have colors in their fur which play an important role in communication. Cats spend lots of time looking at each other so they learn about color patterns and differences.
They use their tail to tell when they are getting close to something
A lot of people wonder how cats can “see” so well, especially at night. It is actually very simple if you think about it for a minute!
All animals sense light and dark by feeling differences in exposure to light. Animals that live in forests know not to fear darkness because there are more trees to hide in.
Cats are no different and they have even got some unique ways of sensing darkness. For example, they cannot see directly beneath them due to reflective fur, which means they must rely on reflections off of other surfaces to determine where things are.
That’s why cats always seem to be looking up with one eye as they walk around — they need the reflected light from the ground to help them work out where the next step should take them.
They use their ears to hear things
Most cats have very good hearing, which is one of the main reasons they are so curious about what’s going on around them. Even if you don’t give a lot of attention to your pets, you should try to listen more closely when they are awake.
If you want to know whether or not your cat is happy, pay close attention to how well he or she is listening. If you notice that your pet isn’t really paying much attention to anything other than his or her own personal space, then he or she may be having some emotional issues.
You can also get helpful insights by looking at your cat while he or she is sleeping. A contented cat will sleep with his or her mouth closed, whereas an unhappy feline might yawn widely or even snarl in his or her sleep.
They use their noses to detect smells
Even though they don’t have very many hairs, cats are able to feel air moving across their skin through tactile receptors in their paws and nose-tip. This allows them to determine if something is warm or cool, whether there are any chemicals involved, and what kind of chemical it is.
Most animals can sense changes in pressure via touch sensations in their feet and paw pads. For example, when a dog feels spines under his fur stand up, he will often back away because he doesn’t want to get hurt. Cats do not develop this instinct until around six months, however.
They begin by exploring their environment with their hands and then their tail, before developing walking legs.