5 things you might not know about cats

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Since it's Joey the Garden Cat's "Furry Friend Friday", we're dedicated our list to all of you cat lovers. Here are five things you might not now about cats.

Check out more on this list from Reader's Digest: 13+ Things You Didn't Know About Cats

1. They can sense earthquakes - The pads of a cat's feet are very sensitive and some cats behave strangely just before an earthquake hits. Though it's not a proven theory, some believe cats can detect vibrations of the earth through their foot pads.

2. Manipulative & Can't Understand Punishment - Cats can adapt their vocalizations to control your behavior. If they want food, they can make their cries sound more urgent. And they must be praised and rewarded for desired behavior instead.

3. Types of Purring - Scientists still don't know exactly where purring comes from. Some believe that it originates in the cardiovascular system rather than the throat. But when they purr, they're usually happy. However, a deep purr can also indicate pain. If you know your cat well you will be able to tell the difference in his demeanor.

They can purr continually as they inhale and exhale starting at one week old. Young cats purr in a monotone, while older ones do so in two to three resonant notes.

And they appear to retain their kitten vocal signals to communicate with their owners. But they use a different sounds with other cats.

4. Good With Heat - They tolerate heat very well because the ancestors of cats were originally desert-living animals. So cats sweat! But they do it through their paws. If you see wet little footprints in the summer months, make sure to put out some fresh water.

5. Fast Heartbeats - Their pulse is between 160 to 240 beats per minute depending on their age. The younger they are, the faster the heartbeat. So don't be afraid if yours is racing.


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