5 Facts About Cats We Bet You Didn’t Know

Cats make excellent pets. Not only are they loving and affectionate, but they are also very independent animals. They clean themselves and they don’t need to be taken outside. You can even leave the house for a few days as long as you leave enough food and water for your cat before you leave.

But before you start visiting breeding catteries in Kent, you should know all you can about cats. Chances are, there are a few things about these adorable creatures that you don’t know.

5-facts-about-cats-we-bet-you-didnt-know-aboutCats Have the Ability to Tolerate Heat

All cats come from their ancestor, the big cats. These cats were often found in deserts hundreds of years ago. Today, big cats such as lions and tigers live in Africa, where the temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees. Thanks to their ancestors, domesticated cats can tolerate high temperatures. They pant to cool themselves down. It’s just not as obvious as when a dog pants, but cats still do it. Cats can even sweat through the pads on the bottoms of their feet.

Cats are Farsighted

If you get too close in your cat’s face, he may not be able to tell that it is you. This is because cats cannot focus on anything unless it is at least a foot away from them. This is why cats have whiskers. The whiskers allow them to sense things that they cannot see clearly.

Cats Sleep A Lot

If you bring your new cat home and all he does is sleep, don’t worry. He isn’t sleeping so much because he is sick or depressed. It is normal for a cat to sleep a lot. On average, cats spend about two-thirds of their lives asleep. If your cat is napping, let him sleep, it’s normal.

Your Cat Can Fit Anywhere

If you find that your cat is able to escape from the home or from a room, it doesn’t mean that he is a magician. It just means that his body makes it possible. Cats don’t have collarbones, which means that they can squeeze out an opening the size of his head. As long as he can get his head through a tight spot, his body will get through as well. If you are trying to confine your cat to the house or to just one room, just make sure that there are no small places for him to squeeze through. Cats are very tenacious. If your cat wants to go out, he likely won’t stop until he succeeds.

You Aren’t Actually Allergic to Your Cat

Many people believe that they are allergic to cats. This is not the case. You aren’t even allergic to your cat’s fur. It is actually his dander that causes an allergic reaction. Cats produce a hormone in their saliva that can trigger allergies in humans. Because cats are constantly bathing themselves, the saliva spreads to their fur and this is what can cause your allergies. If you do have an allergy to cat dander, it doesn’t mean that you can’t own a cat. There are certain breeds of cat that are hypoallergenic. This means that even if you have a cat allergy, you won’t be allergic to these breeds.

If you are considering adopting a cat, you should be sure that you have the time to spend with him. While cats may be independent, they still need love and attention for them to be happy. If you are considering adopting, you should first do your homework and make sure that you have everything that your cat will need.

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The Most Avoided Foods – Why are we a nation of fussy eaters?

The Most Avoided Foods – Why Are We A Nation of Fussy Eaters

Last month Mark brought home a very interesting article which was published in the Metro titled – How many foods have you tried? It was based on a poll of 2000 adults. Ok, this might not represent the whole of the population but with this amount of people I would say that results are fairly accurate and should be counted as valid.

They published a list of the 40 most avoided foods. The top five:

  • Oysters
  • Anchovies
  • Goose
  • Lobster
  • Scallops

Can you imagine that 1 in 4 people have never eaten an avocado and 1 in 5 refuse to eat olives, figs or prunes? The list also contains a lot of basic cooking ingredients (at least for me) like: leeks, celery, sweet potato, spinach and even salmon! It seems that we hate veggies, fish and a lot of cheeses, especially feta cheese, brie and goat cheese. Why is that?

Is it because they are exotic and we simply aren’t so adventures and prefer to stick with what we know or is it because they look just a little bit funny?

Some years ago when I was in Turkey I was invited for a very posh dinner / supper. I was told that the meal will be very special and that it is cooked only once a week and you actually need special connections to even be able to order it. Ok, I thought, I will get something rare and yummy, how cool is that? So my dish arrived, it looked a bit funny and grey-is but as I really didn’t want to offend the host I dived in. It was ok, nothing to rave about… it tasted a bit unfamiliar for me but it was eatable. More or less half way through the dinner I was told what I was eating a lambs brain. OMG! This was the moment that my dish stopped being all that yummy and I wasn’t even able to swallow the next bite… It was not a good end to the dinner 🙁

Now when I think about that moment, I still feel that distasteful feeling, I ate the brain… yuck…

But why do I feel this way? Just moments before I was gifted with a deeper knowledge of the dish, the dish was fine and I was happily munching on it… seconds later… not so much…

Isn’t it weird that we actually have to think about what we are eating, instead of just eating and enjoying it? How often when something new or unusual pops up on the dinner table do you hesitate to try it because it looks unfamiliar?

I am really wondering why we aren’t more open to new foods and ideas. Marks motto is a good one I think; well he has two when it comes to food. Number one, as long as it doesn’t move on my plate I’ll eat it and second, try anything and everything at least once and preferably twice. Remember that absolutely amazing food you consider the food of the Gods, well at some point you had to try it for the first time… Through him I am learning to be more adventurous with my palette.

Are you a fussy eater or are happy to try just about anything?