Why do cats purr? Humans tend to think that purring is a sign of happiness in a cat – and indeed it can be – but there are other reasons why our feline friends produce this particular vocalisation.
Purring is a habit that develops very early in a cat’s life, while suckling from its mother, so clearly it is not a sound that is directed solely at humans. Cat owners will be well aware that a cat can produce more than one kind of purr, just as they have a whole repertoire of meows, chirps, growls, spits and other sounds.
Humans may have had pet cats for as long as 9,500 years. In 2004, archaeologists in Cyprus found a complete cat skeleton buried in a Stone Age village. Given that Cyprus has no native wildcats, the animal (or perhaps its ancestors) must have been brought to the island by humans all those millennia ago.
Le Petit Ramoneur (Damvillers) is an 1883 painting by the French painter Jules Bastien-Lepage (1 November 1848 – 10 December 1884). The name of the painting means “the little chimney sweeper” in English. In the painting, a little chimney sweep shares his hard-earned food with two adorable cats (a cat and a kitten). A very touching scene.
The kinds of foods that you think cats may love or that may be healthy for them may not actually be safe for your cats. People have to be very careful about what human foods they give their feline friends, and I want to talk about some of the best human foods that you can safely feed your cat.
On August 26, 2018, Sunday, I went for a 100-km training ride, as usual. My plan was to ride to the airport. When I reached the airport, which is around 50 km from home, I stopped to take photos of the landing planes. Suddenly, I heard a meow. I looked around and saw an adorable tabby kitten running towards me, crying. She was around 4 weeks old and was looking very hungry.