Top 5 Resemblances between the Cat and the Lion
Beware of the lion that slumbers in each of your cats! This is the conclusion that can be drawn somewhat ironically from the psychological portrait of our house felines, drawn by a team of researchers. In fact, the main personality traits of the domestic cat would be dominance, impulsiveness and neurosism (or neuroticism, i.e. the tendency to negative feelings such as anxiety, insecurity...). These are exactly the same personality traits as the king of the African savannah. These personality traits are not present in other felines, such as the clouded panther, snow leopards and Scottish wild cats.
In this article, we'll show you the similarities between the Cat and the Lion. So yes, cats can't roar and lions can't purr, but our pet has a lot in common with these big maned cats.
Those who live with cats have already noticed strange and wild behaviors that make you think of a super predator.
Here are the 5 striking similarities between your cat and the lion:
1 - They're rubbing all over each other
Cats have scent glands on the body, on the sides of their faces, around the mouth, on the front legs and at the base of the tail. When your cat rubs against objects or you, she is actually marking her territory with pheromones.
Big cats sleep with headbutts, so the scent they leave behind acts as a warning to intruders who might cross their territory.
2) They sleep a lot
There are many cat owners who ask themselves the question: "Is my cat sleeping too much?". The answer is "probably not", in fact a cat can sleep between 12 and 16 hours a day. This is not laziness but as a predator, the cat genetically needs to conserve energy for hunting.
Not all hunts result in a meal. The life of felines is regulated according to a hunting cycle. The same obviously applies to the big cats, a lion can easily sleep 20 hours in the shade. Moreover, if it has devoured a prey, they reduce its movements during digestion.
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For more information on the cat's sleep cycle, see the article below:
3) They love catnip
The Nepeta Cataria plant or catnip has a powerful effect on cats. Just give a blade of grass to your small feline pet and many licks, sniffs, rolls will follow.
The effect of this grass on cats with the active ingredient nepetalactone comes from their genetics. However, 30 to 40% of domestic cats are indifferent to it. Lions and jaguars react strongly, but this varies from one individual to another.
Here is a small video from "Big Cat Rescue" showing the effect of catnip on big cats.
This catnip can be used to get your cat to play with a toy and at the same time take care of its oral hygiene. Discover our cat toothbrush.
To take care of your cat's hygiene, consult our Cat Toothbrush interactive toy.
4) They scratch a lot of things
Whatever their size, felines are equipped with retractable claws, except for cheetahs, which are equipped with semi-retractable claws. The claws are used for hunting but also for climbing. The fact that they can be put away allows to keep the sharpness.
Moreover, lions that scratch a trunk do not only use them to sharpen their claws but also to mark their territories. These are behaviors that we find in cats. It is important to provide them with tools to sharpen their claws. This will prevent them from doing it on a chair or something else.
5) They feel things with their mouths open
It may seem strange at first glance, but we have all seen it, our feline friends are endowed with a powerful sense of smell. Their nose is made up of tens of millions of olfactory receptors (humans have only five million). These felines have an additional odour-detecting organ called the Jacobson's organ. This is located at the base of the nasal cavity in all felines, but also in lizards, snakes, dogs, cattle and also pigs. This organ gives cats the opportunity to taste the odorous elements. They use a movement known as the Flehmen response by opening their mouth, squeezing their nose and interrupting their breathing. This funny face is even more noticeable in large felines, but those who live with cats can see it.
6) BONUS: Fat cats love to play with cans.
Give a big box to a big cat and observe its behaviour. They have a great time. The video below from "Big Cat Rescue" shows the feline love for cardboard boxes.