National cat day: recognising our cute companions!
Who doesn’t love these little furry felines? National cat day is celebrated tomorrow on August 8th — it is a day to celebrate our most common and historical pets. Cats are one of the coolest beings on the planet: they are curious, clever, adventurous and make a huge impact on human lives. Keep scrolling to find the sweetest pictures of our staff’s cats here at Comms express!
The Natural History of Cats:
For many years it was a well known belief that cats originated within Egypt around 4,000 years ago. However, there’s now DNA evidence showing that cats and humans have been living together for 12,000 years, could you believe it! Today, cats can still help humans control vermin and also provide great companionship. Humans have always been known to breed some cats to display certain traits, such as hairlessness, resulting in many variations of cat breeds. With their charming mix of cuteness and goofiness, cats continue to amuse and fascinate humans daily.
A cat can be either a domestic, purebred or a hybrid. The United States-based Cat Fanciers’ Association, recognizes approximately 45 distinct purebred cat breeds. Listed below are the twelve cat breeds that are the most popular cats from all over the world:
- Maine coon
- Oriental shorthair
- Devon rex
- American shorthair
Do Cats Make Us Healthier?:
I bet you didn’t know that just 15 to 30 minutes of quality time with a cat can calm your nerves and help improve your mood! There’s even chemical evidence to prove it. When you spend time with your cat, your production of serotonin(a chemical that scientifically boosts feelings of well-being) increases. Serotonin is a great chemical as it reduces the stress levels within your body, when stress levels are reduced your life expectancy can be seen to expand, the less stressed you are, the longer you will live! This means that spending time with a cat can keep you healthier in the long run. A 20-year study found that people who owned a cat were 40% less likely to die from a heart attack. You learn something new everyday!
Behind Cats’ Curious Behaviours:
When cats explore, the main place they immediately look for is somewhere to hide. The experience of jumping and climbing into any form of box relates to their natural instinct to find protected spaces out in the wild where they are able to stay safe, whilst still being aware of their environment. Providing boxes and other similar spaces for your cat to use is a money-saving way to provide a comfortable and secure environment for your cat.
Why do cats purr?:
Cats purr as a form of communication, which if translated, in cat terms would say “please pay attention to me”! Kittens also purr to tell their mothers to keep on feeding them, and pet cats purr when they want to be stroked or given attention. The vibrations given off from the purr certainly have a proven calming effect on people! Another interesting fact about purring is that some researchers have suggested that the vibrations from purring could potentially help bone damage in an injured cat, well that is certainly something I didn’t know!
Here at Comms express, we wanted to show off some of our furry friends! Below are images of our staffs cats…