We’ve all seen those pictures of laughing cats on the internet. They look adorable, and these images are usually accompanied by a hilarious caption. The cats look happy, elated even, and it certainly seems as if they are laughing at some hilarious joke. So, it begs the question, can cats truly laugh? In short, the answer is sadly no. Cats don’t laugh like humans do, however, this in no way means that they don’t have fun or that they can’t play mischievous tricks on their owners. In fact, they often engage in many fun activities and sometimes even play pranks on their humans. While we can’t subscribe human like emotions to cats, they certainly love to revel in fun, and their mischievous natures bring great delight to those around them. Cats bring monumentous joy to the lives of human beings and have been a popular domestic pet throughout history. Here are some fun facts about our favorite feline friends to showcase just how special they really are!
Cats Love To Play Pranks
Just because cats don’t laugh like humans, it doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy revelling in mischievous fun. One of their main ways of doing this is to play practical jokes on their owners. They might smash objects, jump out at you from a secluded corner, or paw you when you least expect it. This is their way of getting your attention and having some fun! The meowing od older cats is also a way for them to communicate with their humans. So getting your attention is certainly one of their key aims. When cats are feeling playfull, they might jump around, pounce on you, or climb all over you. Playful cats are happy cats.
So, Does This Mean Have A Sense Of Humor Then?
While there is no scientific evidence to confirm whether cats have a sense of humour or not, it’s certainly apparent that they love to engage in exciting activities and tease their owners and fellow feline friends. If we were to understand this in terms of human behaviour, it would certainly mean that they have a sense of humour. However, when it comes to cats, it’s probably better to just chalk it down to them having fun. Cats are mischievous, fun-loving creatures, and they often showcase their quirky nature by doing funny things, that certainly delight (or even annoy) their owners. They’ll often squeeze themselves into boxes, sit in the most inconvenient places (like in your laptop keyboard while you’re working or on your favorite book), and they might jump out at you and give you a fright for no apparent reason.
Cats are thus humorous creatures, and while it hasn’t been proven if they themselves have a sense of humour, we can certainly argue that they love engaging in fun activities and that they bring great humor, laughter, and fun to their owners’ lives. Cats have a number of ways of showing that they are happy and this includes purring, rolling over and asking for belly rubs, playing pranks on you, being playful, and through their tail position. When they are happy, their tails will reach up to the sky.
Some Other Fun Facts that Prove how Much Joy Cats Bring to Our Life
- Cats are super popular in the US and have even held political positions
Cats are the most popular domestic animal in the U.S. In fact; current statistics suggest that there are over 88 million pet cats in the US alone. This beats the 74 million pet dogs in the U.S. Cats are so popular that some have even adopted official titles in history. A cat named Stubbs was the honory mayor of a town called Talkeetna in Alaska for 20 years until he passed away. Can you imagine reporting to a cat when you need to discuss pressing political matters? A cat also ran for the position of mayor in Mexico City in 2013, but sadly wasn’t as lucky as Stubbs and didn’t quite make the cut.
Cats in fact have such official status, that the FBI tried to make a cat an undercover spy in the 1960s. They implanted a specialized ear device and radio transmitter into her ear, but sadly she was hit by a car before she could complete it’s first spy mission. We think a cat could make an excellent spy! Imagine all that information they could glean whilst inconspiculously cat-napping in that sunny spot?
However, it’s not just in the U.S that cats are popular. Cats were also hugely important to Ancient Egyptian culture, and when a family cut died, it is said that their owners would shave off their eyebrows so as to display their deep mourning. Cats have also been super popular with influential people in history. It is said that Abraham Lincoln was crazy about cats, and his four feline friends lived with him in the White House. Billl Clinton also adored his cat named Socks, and it is reported that Socks received more fan mail than he did! There was once even a millionaire who gave his entire 7 million pound fortune to his cat Blakie, rather than his family. We wonder what Blakie decided to do with the money?
- In many ways, cats are very similar to humans (and they are super smart!)
Although cats might not express emotions in the same ways that humans do, a lot of their genetic makeup is very similar to their human counterparts. In fact, it has been proven that cat’s and humans have brains that are 90 percent similar. (Which means that a cat’s brain bears greater similarity to a human brain than a dog’s brain!) The sections of the brain that control emotion is also almost identical when it comes to humans and cats.
Cats are also super intelligent, and their cerebral cortex (the part of the brain that is responsible for cognitive information processing) has an estimated three-hundred million neurons. Dogs cerebral cortexes only have about one hundred and sixty million. While dogs have a better functioning social IQ than felines, cats are better able to solve cognitive problems.
- Cats just love to sleep: It’s called a cat-nap for a reason!
While cats enjoy playing pranks, having fun, and basking in their immense popularity, they also love to sleep. It is actually estimated that they sleep for up to 70 percent of their lives. The term cat-nap is thus completely fitting, and they are absolute experts on the art of sleeping. If we had to work this statistic out hourly, it mean that cat’s sleep about 14-16 hours per day! Oh to live the life of a cat. Basking in sunny spots, enjoying cat-naps on the hour, being treated to delicious food, and then getting snuggles and undivided attention from your human. This is also why they have so much energy to revel in their playful activities when they finally wake up.
- Cats can live till an impressive age!
We all wish that our domestic pets could live forever, and the fact that they have a far shorter life span than most humans is always a painful reality to face. However, some cats have lived till an impressive age, and the oldest documented living cat lived till the ripe old age of 38 years and 3 days old. The cat’s name was Crème Puff and his owner, Jake Perry, must have been a truly miraculous cat-parent because his other cat who was named Grandpa rex Allen lived till the age of 34.
So, The Cat’s Out The Bag; Cat’s Are Simply Wonderful!
Cats bring bundles of joy and finesse to our lives. They are playful, feisty, and mischievous creatures who bring so much happiness and humor to the world. While science might not be able to prove if they have a sense of humor in terms of human undertsandings, or if they experience the same emotions as human beings, the fact still remains that they are wonderful companions and have brough love and light to the human race for thousands of years. From the Ancient Pharoes of Egypt to contemporary superstars like Freddie Mercury, cats have held a special place in the hearts of many. They mean the world to many human beings globally and their intricate and mischievous lives bring great joy to daily life.
- Dogs May Laugh, but Only Cats Get the Joke – The New York Times
- Cat Communication: What Your Cat’s Body Language Says – Pets WebMD