What if I told you that there might be a sneaky predator
with super powers in your house right now?
If you live with one of these, there is!
I’m talking about cats!
And even if you do have a cat of your own,
I bet you don’t know some amazing things
about our little furry friends!
Did you know that all pet cats are actually related to lions,
and other big cats, like tigers,
leopards, and jaguars?
Wait…this…is related to this?
Yes it is!
All cats, from the biggest lion to the tiniest of house cats,
evolved from the same small, cat-like creature
that lived millions of years ago
called proailurus or “first cat”.
Then after a long time,
there came to be two major types of cats.
One kind became the bigger cats, like the lion and the tiger.
And the other kind became the smaller cats,
which includes the ones we keep as pets today.
So…if all big cats and all little cats descended
from this same animal from long, long ago
that means they’re related
even if it is only distantly.
That’s one big furry family!
Now another cool thing about cats?
They have excellent hearing!
Lots of animals, including dogs, have better hearing than we do.
But cats can hear better than both human and dogs.
Even if your cat just looks like it’s curled up and enjoying a relaxing nap,
extremely aware of its surroundings.
Their little ears are super-sensitive,
and they’re always listening.
Your cat can can hear everything that’s going
on around it, from the sound of you
listening to music in your bedroom all the way upstairs,
to the sound of birds chirping
outside in your neighbor’s yard.
In fact, cats can hear things up
to four times further away than you or I can
And they can not only hear things
from far away—they can figure out exactly where
those far-away sounds are coming from.
So if your cat’s snoozing in the basement,
and you open the kitchen cupboard where you
keep their favorate treats,
they’ll probably come running.
But if you open another cabinet in a different part
of the kitchen, they’ll probably be
able to tell the difference and just keep snoozing!
Thousands of years ago,
cats needed this super sense of hearing to help them track down food
and to escape predators in the wild. Today,
now that they live among humans
who help provide for them
they don’t need it quite as much.
But it’s always good to know
when that treat cupboard opens!
And lastly, our third cool thing about cats: They rule! Well,
Some ancient cultures—like people who lived
in Egypt thousands of years ago —
treated cats like royalty,
almost as if they were kings and queens!
Early Egyptians were thought
to have had problems with rats in their homes.
In order to get rid of the rats,
they brought in cats to hunt them.
And the people liked the cats so much,
they supposedly kept them
and treated them extremely well.
Ancient Egyptians even mummified the animals
for their journey to the afterlife,
just like they did with their human rulers.
So sorry, dogs.
in ancient Egypt at least,
cats ran the show.
Now the next time you see a cat,
you’ll know that you’re looking at
a super-cuddly animal with super-hearing
that was once treated like royalty
and is related to lions and tigers!
And if you’d like us to sniff out
more information about cats or anything,
just let us know!
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