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Getting Purrsonal – If It Fits, I Sits
By Tania Marie de Saram
Most cat owners have experienced buying their furry friend an expensive gift, only to find she is more interested in the box it came in. Felines are renowned for their love of tight, confined spaces, as they simulate the safe, secure place they would seek out naturally in the wild. When totally surrounded by an enclosure, pusses have clear vision to observe the world, which not only offers them protection from predators, but also conceals them whilst they stalk their prey.
Cats also use their flexible spines to sit directly on things, especially higher up. There are four main reasons for this behaviour. The feline sense of smell is at least 40 times better than in hoomans, and they feel happy to be close to anything that smells like you! With an internal body temperature of 39°C, pusses enjoy staying warm, so the heat emitted from many electrical devices provides an attractive snuggle spot.
Cats use pheromones in their face and feet to mark their territory, so they may claim ownership of any object, but hopefully not by peeing on it! Finally, if you are not giving your furry friend the attention she requires, she may try to steal focus by simply plonking herself down on anything you’re interacting with.
The sound frequency of feline purrs is believed to improve bone density and promote healing, so if you happen to be the ‘thing’ upon which kitty sits, relax, and enjoy the free treatment! ❤