Imagine this: Your cat is perched at the window sill, stiff postured and staring out the glass panes. Her jaw starts to open slightly and then begins to vibrate at a fast speed, letting out an interesting sound. Her tail begins to twitch excitedly. But don’t worry as this is completely normal for your furbaby. This fast and intense teeth chattering behavior can often be observed when your feline friend spots a bird or other animal through a window and might be a sign of frustration because they cannot get to their prey. Behaviorists also say that this behavior is a form of excitement or your kitty’s way of performing the act of killing while in the absence of performing the actual behavior. Read this article to learn another possible meaning behind the chattering behavior of cats.
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19 years ago, photographer Miyoko Ihara began taking photos of the extraordinary relationship between her elderly grandmother, Misao, and her tiny kitten, Fukumaru. Over 12 years of memories are captured in the photo book, Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat, documented by her granddaughter. The best seller portrays the extraordinary friendship between the two in their everyday lives – farming the land, cooking, or simply relaxing.
Misao rescued her odd-eyed white cat back in 2003 when she found her abandoned in a shed. Fukumaru, which means “good fortune” and “circle” has heterochromia. Heterochromia, which means different (hetero) colors (chromia), is used to describe the condition where a person or animal have different colored eyes. This condition is popular among certain cat breeds such as the Turkish Van, Turkish angora, Japanese bobtail and Sphynx. See more fun adventures of these two and their pawesome companionship.
The classic Halloween icon. A symbol of bad luck. A witch’s best friend. But did you know that the iconic black cat’s genes might one day prevent disease or that they actually represent good fortune to some? During the Middle Ages, black cats were associated with witchcraft and believed to possibly be witches who had taken on another form. However, over the years, these beautiful felines have gained a new reputation. Black cats can help your love life as well as bring good luck, according to people in other countries. For example, single women in Japan who own black cats are believed to attract more admirers and a black cat at your doorstep brings about wealth in Scotland. Another fun fact: researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered that the genetic mutations which cause cats to have black fur coats affect the same genes that provide HIV resistance to humans. Could cats one day be the cure for AIDS…?
Still interested…here are 8 other Hair-Raising Facts About Black Cats.