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3 Cool Facts About Cats!

3 Cool Facts About Cats!


What if I told you that there might be a sneaky predator
with super powers in your house right now? If you live with one of these, there is! I’m talking about cats! And even if you /do/ have a cat of your own,
I bet you don’t know some amazing things about our little furry friends! For example! Did you know that all pet cats
are actually related to lions, and other big cats, like tigers, leopards, and jaguars? Wait…this…is related to /this/? Yup! All cats, from the biggest lion to the tiniest
of house cats, evolved from the same small, cat-like creature that lived millions of years
ago called proailurus [pro-ay-loo-rus]…or, “first cat.” Then, after a long time, there came to be
/two/ major types of cats. One kind became the bigger cats, like the lion and the tiger. And the other kind became the smaller cats,
which includes the ones we keep as pets today. So…if all big cats and all little cats descended
from this same animal from long, loooong ago…that means they’re related! Even if it /is/ only
distantly. That’s one big furry family! Now, another cool thing about cats? They have
excellent hearing! Lots of animals, including dogs, have better
hearing than we do. But cats can hear better than both dogs /and/ humans. Even if your cat just looks like it’s curled
up and enjoying a relaxing nap, it’s still /extremely/ aware of its surroundings. Their little ears are super-sensitive, and
they’re /always/ listening. Your cat can can hear everything that’s
going on around it, from the sound of you listening to music in your bedroom all the
way upstairs, to the sound of birds chirping outside in your neighbor’s yard. In fact, cats can hear things up to /four
times/ farther away than you or I can! And they can not only /hear/ things from far
away—they can figure out exactly /where/ those far-away sounds are coming from. So if your cat’s snoozing in the basement,
and you open the kitchen cupboard where you keep their favorite treats, they’ll probably
come running. But if you open another cabinet in a /different/
part of the kitchen, they’ll probably be able to tell the difference and just keep
snoozing! Thousands of years ago, cats needed this super
sense of hearing to help them track down food and to escape predators in the wild. Today, now that they live among humans who
help provide for them, they don’t need it quite as much. But it’s always good to know when that treat
cupboard opens! And lastly, our third cool thing about cats:
They rule! Well, sort of! Some ancient cultures—like people who lived
in Egypt thousands of years ago — treated cats like royalty, almost as if they were
kings and queens! Early Egyptians were thought to have had problems
with rats in their homes. In order to get rid of the rats, they brought in cats to hunt
them. And the people liked the cats so much, they
supposedly kept them and treated them /extremely/ well. Some people say the Egyptians even considered
the cats to be like gods, and that only pharaohs, or Egyptian rulers, were important enough
to keep cats as pets. Ancient Egyptians loved their cats so much,
they even mummified the animals for their journey to the afterlife — just like they
did with their /human/ rulers! So, sorry, dogs. It looks like, in ancient
Egypt at least, cats ran the show! Now, the next time you see a cat, you’ll
know that you’re looking at a super-cuddly animal with super-hearing—that was once
treated like royalty /and/ is related to lions and tigers! And if you’d like us to sniff out more information
about cats, or anything, just let us know! Get help from a grown up and leave a comment
down below, or send us an email at [email protected] Thanks for joining us for SciShow Kids! We’ll
see you next time, here at the fort!

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