How much in common with the big cats have a motley cat living in your home? This tells Susan Bass, Director of Public Relations in the reserve «Big Cat Rescue» (eng. "Saving big cats"), which is located in Tampa, Florida (USA). And below, we lay out some amazing videos, in which the big cats behave in the same way as your pets.
1. They love to roll toilet paper rolls ... 93,262,193
This situation is familiar to anyone who has a kitten: you come home, go to the bathroom and stay there a lot of torn toilet paper. When employees «Big Cat Rescue» put toilet paper rolls in cages servals, lynx and ocelots, they found that even the big cats love to play with the white paper. "They are becoming more curious when they find something new in the immediate neighborhood," said Bass. And besides, it's just plain fun! (Yes, fun. For them. But not for the one who will have to clean up afterwards and wind up back all this paper).
2. ... and hide in korobkah
If you give a cat a large box, he jumps into it faster than you can say "mama." "Big cats as pets, love to hide in different places," says Bass.
«They like to think they can see you at a time when you can not see them. Even if you can see them, too ».
blockquote> Cats «Big Cat Rescue» also hiding in bags, but they do it a bit like house cats. "Actually, we did not try to give them the bag. Because I just do not know where to find a bag of this size, "says Bass. "However, we give them a big paper bags with the smell of spices or cologne. Our pets somehow very fond of "Obsession" for men. Feeling it, they begin to drool and roll on the floor. " And if the big cats still give a bag big enough for them, according to Bass, "they probably just tear it from the inside».
3. They are chasing the laser dot on ukazki
None feline can not stand here in front of this: "Soooo, what is there for the red dot? - I grab it now! - Oh, where is it gone? " The attractiveness of the points from the laser pointers extends to the big cats. "I think they like that point is moving very quickly," says Bass. "They should pursue the point. You can direct the pointer high on the wall, to direct it to different things, like I do with my domestic cat. The point simply hypnotizes them ».
4. They take care of many soboy
Domestic cats spend from 30% to 50% of their waking hours to care for themselves. Big cats are as finicky in these matters. "It is to get rid of the smell of their own," says Bass. "If a gazelle, approaching downwind, will smell the smell of the tiger, waiting to ambush her, then she will run away. It happens in the wild. Because the big cats have to constantly lick themselves to eliminate the smell. " Care has a number of other benefits: it helps the cat to get rid of parasites and look cool.
5. They rub against veschi
So they mark their territory. According to Bass, and large, and domestic cats' scent glands present everywhere, especially in the area of the muzzle. So they rub the muzzle of a variety of things. This can be a corner of the sofa, or cell, or wood. Or are you ».
And more big cats mark territory, leaving scratches. All cats are loners (except lions that live in a part of Pride). Bass says, "Cubs, for example, are with their mothers for two years and then become self-reliant. If you have a 2-year-old male tiger, you are wandering in the wilderness, and suddenly see a tree, scratched at a height of 2, 5 to 3 meters, these scratches were there because tigers living here stood on his hind legs, front paws stretched high, and left marks. It's like a message to each tiger who came to the territory. It says, that's what I'm big, I can scratch the wood, even at such a height. And if you can not scratch a tree taller than I am, you'd better get out of here quickly ».
6. They razgovarivayut
Your pet cat meows, purrs and growls. At the big cats also have their vocalizations, and some of them are very similar to the sounds of a domestic cat. "There are big cats: lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars. They emit a roar, "said Bass. "Their throat is a special bone, which allows them to do so. A so-called small cats (okay, we all know that there is no such thing as a "small cat"), including bobcats, cougars and bobcats - can not roar. Perhaps this is due to where they live, "says Bass. "The lions live in the vast African savannah. And one has to hear a lion roar in at least 5 km radius. Lions should be able to do such a thing. But the Canadian lynx living in the snowy mountains, it is not necessary to roar loudly, to indicate its presence ».
But the roar is not the only way in which to communicate the big cats. "They're talking," said Bass. "And they make a lot of different sounds." Small cats almost all able to purr, and the Tigers emit intermittent wheezing, as if blowing air through closed lips. " Bass said that it is a greeting. "Like my house cat, big cats talk with people. Some of them are very talkative, the other issue is not too much sound. Here is one of our cougars, raise, really likes to talk. You go to her, and then she suddenly "Bruch-ruh ruhh." And you can see what Reis is playing football ».
Interesting fact: the offspring of the four "great cats" called "cubs", but the offspring of the "small cat" called "Kittens».
7. They love to "catnip"
At least some of them. The reaction of cats to "catnip" is genetic, but half of domestic cats in the world do not react to it at all. "The same thing happens with the big cats," said Bass. "Some like to mint more than others." In one test conducted in the nature reserve, only 18 of the 25 cats showed a strong response to "catnip».
8. They love spat
Most of the day time your cat spends in a dream. So do and big cats. They especially love to take a nap in between 16:00 and 20:00. "The reason is that in the wild at this time is not particularly hunt" said Bass. They can catch prey, making a short-throw, but they are not marathon runners. So they sleep to save more energy. However, they go from sleep to wakefulness in a split second if pochuyut that is next to the gazelle ».
9. They are very strange edyat
It happens that the kitten refuses to eat when food is put it in a bowl. He rake out food paw on the floor and eat it off the floor, creating a mess. Bass said that some big cats, captive, do the same. "Some of them at this point become very aggressive," says Bass. "If the cell contains more than one cat, we share them before giving them food».
Another strange thing cats do they bow their paws cup with food. And it is also rooted in the behavior of cats in the wild. "The fact that in the wild big cats can catch and eat it only once a week or so. And because they will not just eat their prey whole, "said Bass. They used to go, and then come back to eat again, so that they will make every attempt to maintain its production so that others did not find it. " Leopards, for example, to drag the prey in a tree, where other, less talented "climbers" (such as lions or tigers, African in Asia) will not be able to get it.
10. These "topchatsya"
Big cats also do it! "Maybe they do it for the same reason as that of domestic cats," says Bass. "This is a natural behavior that is left from the days when they were fed, as kittens, and" massaged "legs nipples mother. Sometimes they continue to make such movements paws, even getting older. And yet they do it, when just happy ».
11. They open their mouths to better distinguish zapahi
And at home, and the big cats a good sense of smell. "But if there's something really strong smell, they open their mouths to better capture the blow. The opening of the mouth helps to distinguish the smell of a cat is better than using just one nose, "says Bass.