i wonder why cats are so awesome?

PSYCH! I NEVER WONDER THAT. Its seriously obvious.

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I mean really…how long did you think I could have a blog without writing about cats? Not only are they completely superior to humans, dogs, and most other animals, but they are completely aware of that fact and choose to grace us with their presence (if we are lucky) anyways! The humility! The grace! The compassion! Cats are obviously to be admired. For those of you still skeptical…here are a few interesting facts that may sway your verdict on our feline friends.

Did you know that each cat’s nose  a unique pattern – somewhat like a fingerprint?

How about the fact that sir Isaac Newton (you may have heard of his somewhat important discovery of gravity…) also invented some AMAZING things – like the cat door!

Also, I’ve got no beef with dogs – they’re totally sweet, but they can make only 10 sounds with their vocal chords. Cats? Over 100.

And my favorite? According to Hebrew legend, Noah prayed to God for help protecting all the food he stored on the ark from being eaten by rats. In reply, God made the lion sneeze, and out popped a cat. (Poor kitty…all covered in lion snot!)

Whenever someone comes over and has never had a cat of their own, you should see their eyes TOTALLY pop out of their skulls when they my kitten jump from the floor to the counter. A cat can actually jump more than 5 times its body length within a single bound!

The ability of a cat to find its way home is called “psi-traveling.” (Sadly, it does not refer to the cat dancing Gangnam style with a chubby South Korean man back to its place of residence.) Experts think that cats have magnetized cells in their brains that act as compasses. BAM. Winning.

Cats are WAY better at yoga postures than humans. This likely has something to do with the 53 vertebrae in their spines – vs the human’s measly 34, and the dog’s piddly 31. Take that, eight crooked limbs.

Ever wonder why cats can get into just about ANYTHING? A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head. (That would be SO useful!)

Cats have been worshipped in Ancient Egypt, used by the CIA as spies, were feared and hated by both Julius Caesar and Napoleon, and admired by Abraham Lincoln, Leonardo DaVinci, and Ernest Hemingway. They can hear better, see better, sense better, run faster, stretch further, survive longer, jump higher, and sleep more than any human, and are undeniably pretty freakin’ awesome.

If you’re already a cat lover, you’re likely nodding your head knowingly, the corners of your mouth turning up in a smile that says “why of course…I knew it all along”. If you haven’t yet succumbed to the inevitable love for cats that all humans will eventually acknowledge, your face is probably a tapestry of skepticism and dismissal. Perhaps you are halfway there – willing to acknowledge feline skill and beauty, but not quite yet convinced.

Either way…cheers to cats.

Want more?

“The Cat’s Song” by Margie Piercy

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174146

An essay on “Perdita: Why Cats are Better than Humans”

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/article/244232

MEOWMASTE!

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