We have a tendency to spoil our pets, and our cats are no exception. And we spoil them because we love them, of course. We get them all the toys they want, even though they never play with them more than once, and we get the best food to make sure their tummies aren’t upset. We also take them to the vet for the littlest things because we wanna make sure they’re okay, or at least, I make sure to. That being said, I know for a fact that my cat is spoiled as heck.
These memes were found on the internet, which means it is almost impossible to know who made them. They’re just so many out there, made by so many different people, with one iteration varying slightly from the next, but essentially meaning the same thing. However, some of these were made by the good people over at Sad and useless which, despite the name, is actually a treasure trove of joy and usefulness. Just at the expense of cats.
#1 Running around the house
National Geographic tells us a lot of interesting things about cats!
Felis catus has had a very long relationship with humans. Ancient Egyptians may have first domesticated cats as early as 4,000 years ago. Plentiful rodents probably drew wild felines to human communities. The cats’ skill in killing them may have first earned the affectionate attention of humans. Early Egyptians worshipped a cat goddess and even mummified their beloved pets for their journey to the next world—accompanied by mummified mice! Cultures around the world later adopted cats as their own companions.
#2 Waiting for naps.
#3 Missing balls
They continue to say:
Like their wild relatives, domestic cats are natural hunters able to stalk prey and pounce with sharp claws and teeth. They are particularly effective at night, when their light-reflecting eyes allow them to see better than much of their prey. Cats also enjoy acute hearing. All cats are nimble and agile, and their long tails aid their outstanding balance.
#4 Bird pals
#5 Catnip problems
About their way of speaking, they add:
Cats communicate by marking trees, fence posts, or furniture with their claws or their waste. These scent posts are meant to inform others of a cat’s home range. House cats employ a vocal repertoire that extends from a purr to a screech.
#6 Red dot gambit
#7 Mouse hunting
#8 Breakfast doesn’t count.
As for their diet, they add:
Domestic cats remain largely carnivorous, and have evolved a simple gut appropriate for raw meat. They also retain the rough tongue that can help them clean every last morsel from an animal bone (and groom themselves). Their diets vary with the whims of humans, however, and can be supplemented by the cat’s own hunting successes.
#9 Asking for food
#10 Food dish is half empty.
#11 Outside and indoors.
#12 Good looking
John Bradshaw, the author of Cat Sense, adds to the conversation:
Cats are far more similar to their wild ancestors than dogs are to wolves, so dogs are in that sense the more domesticated of the two species. As they adapted to living alongside humans, cats became more sociable with one another and much more accepting of people, but there is no evidence that they have changed much more than that over the past few thousand years.
#13 Grumpy cat
#14 Playing with humans
#16 Bathroom door
#17 Tom and Jerry
Cats and dogs belong to a group of mammals known as Carnivora, and the wild ancestors of both species dined primarily on meat. Recent DNA analyses indicate that over the course of their evolution, dogs have acquired more copies of the so-called amylase gene, which makes an enzyme that helps to break down starch. Having more copies of this gene has allowed dogs to eat a more omnivorous diet. In contrast, the cat family, known as Felidae, lost the genes that encode several key enzymes—including those that manufacture vitamin A, prostaglandins and the amino acid taurine—early in its evolution.
#18 Keyboard sitting
#19 All nine of them
#20 Me + Ow
#21 Milk ring
#22 Overly attached cat
He even commented on purring:
Cats purr because they have something to say, which roughly translated is “please keep still and pay attention to me.” Kittens purr to persuade their mothers to keep on nursing them, and pet cats purr when they want to be stroked. The vibrations emanating from the purr certainly have a calming effect on people. Yet sick cats will also purr as a cry for help. So purring doesn’t always mean “I’m happy.” Some researchers have claimed that the vibrations from purring might help heal bone damage in an injured cat.
#24 Playing on the bed
#25 Belly rub.
#26 Salmon Tuna
#27 Scratching Posts
#28 Sits and fits
#30 Going outside on the inside
If you ever wondered how cats purred, John said;
The purr is an unusual vocalization, made by rattling the vocal cords together rather than vibrating them by pushing air past them, which is how cats—and humans—generate all their other vocal sounds. That’s why cats can purr when they’re breathing in and breathing out. Most species of wildcats can purr, including the cheetah. The exceptions are the big cats—lion, tiger, jaguar and leopard—whose voice boxes are modified so that they can roar.
#31 Multiple sunbeams
#33 Jumping windows
What about you? Do any of these ring true to your cats? We’d love to hear!