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More than anything else, cats are mysterious creatures. They are inquisitive and seemingly self-sufficient. If you’ve ever really wondered about what’s cooking up in that little head of hers, you are not by yourself. Many scientists have shown interest in the happenings of our pets’ minds. There is still much to be learned. There are already many studies dedicated to understanding the canine brain. However, there aren’t many studies that are dedicated to cats. That is probably because cats are not only generally difficult creatures to work with, but they are also known to be uncooperative.Although the journey to understanding the feline mind has been and continues to be difficult, here are a few cat brain facts that scientists have gleaned over the years.
- Cats pay attention to our body language.Although cats aren’t very keen on following instructions, they pick up little things from our body language and behavioral changes. Scientists have found that cats follow pointing gestures more than they follow actual commands. That’s how they know to follow you in order to find food. Cats have perception. Since cats spend most of their lives with humans, it’s only natural that they pick up on some of our actions and cues.Cats are naturally unresponsive animals. They live in their own world and do what they want when they want. Try using gestures instead of words to communicate with your cat.
- Cats don’t have the greatest memory.Remember Dory from Finding Nemo? If the animators were to base Dory on an animal, a cat would be a pretty good call. Unlike dogs, cats aren’t great at remembering things. If you give your cat a toy, chances are, she’ll lose it within the first minute that she stops playing with it.Her long-term memory more than makes up for her lack of short-term memory. Cats have highly developed long-term recall. That’s how she knows exactly how to find her litter box.
- Cats aren’t fans of disappearing acts.Some animals don’t have a sense of object permanence. They think that when something is moved to a different place or simply placed inside a drawer, it has ceased to exist forever. Cats aren’t like this. You might have noticed that when a cat starts chasing a mouse and it disappears under an object, they wait for the mouse to come back out. The concept of object permanence is one that’s easy for cats to grasp.
- Cats have a concept of time.They are also able to tell a lot from a little. Just like us, cats have an internal alarm clock. They like keeping to their regular schedules. You’ve probably noticed how cats call for their food around the same time every day. They do this because of their internal clock.Now that you’ve understood your cat’s brain a little better, you can hopefully have better communication in the future.