Cattitude is Well Deserved

Cats are amazing creatures. They manage to be cute, cuddly, and talented at the same time. Humans are interesting too. We’re complex and we have unparalleled psychological capabilities. Still, there are many things that cats can do much better than humans can. Here are a few that I’ve observed with my own cats:

  • Hearing
    I have pretty good hearing, but Manna and Dexter know a thunderstorm is coming way before I do. As it turns out, cats have a much wider range of pitches that they can hear (both higher and lower than the human range). They also have a lot more muscles controlling their outer ear which enables them to gather even more of the sound around them.
  • Night Vision
    Cats can see 6 times better than we can in the dark. That would explain how they can see the little toy mouse they are chasing around when the lights are out!
  • Jumping
    Humans may be self-aware and be able to think abstractly, but our ankles weren’t meant to handle much force. Cats can easily jump up on top of things that are multiples of their own body height tall and jump down from these heights without hurting themselves. I’ve seen Dexter jump clear to the top of my 4-foot tall television without flinching.
  • Sleeping
    I have to say I’m really jealous of this one. Cats can fall asleep in seconds and sleep for an average of 12- 15 hours per day. That must be nice!
  • Smelling
    This one doesn’t make me all that jealous. Cats not only use their nose to smell things (which is pretty powerful by itself), but they have another organ inside their mouths that enhances their ability to smell. My cats can easily tell the difference between flavors of foods and treats from a distance when I can’t even detect an odor.

Title Photo Credit: Fabian Canosa via Flickr

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 Have you noticed anything else that cats do better that humans?