Can you guess what things make cats unique animals? You will be fascinated to know three very interesting things about cats.
Intro, Thesis Statement, Credibility
Hello, my name is (INSERT NAME) and today I would like to share three fascinating facts about cats. I have been a cat owner and lover for more than 10 years and I have had the privilege to hand raise two cats since they were kittens. At one point in their lives, most people will probably have the opportunity to see, raise or interact with cats.
Preview of What I am Going to Talk about
Today we will be learning three interesting things about cats.
First: Cats Intelligence
Second: The Cats Tail Signals
Third: Cats as territorial Animals
Transition to Main Body
Now that I already have you thinking about cats, let me tell you about their intelligence.
Body of the Speech
According to scientists, cat intelligence is the ability of a domesticated cat to adapt to its environment and to also solve problems. Domesticated cats are capable of instinctual thought and can easily adapt to their environments due to their ability to recall things they have learned in the past. They are also capable of adapting these memories to their current environment and situation. Raising a cat, you will realize that it knows its feeding utensils, time to have a scheduled meal (Bonham, 2005). In a similar vein, experimental research on cats has shown that their memory substantially has information-retention of a duration totaling to 10 years. How fascinating is that? As a cat owner, what I can attest to is that cats will know their specific name and will respond effectively when that particular name is called out.
Transition to the Next Topic
Having talked about their impeccable intelligence, let me speak about their tail signals.
The Cats tail Signals
Firstly, through different tail wags, cats give various signals indicating their mood. Linked to their intelligence, and capability to bond with people, using their tails, cats can communicate their wants and needs. For instance, when your cat has its tail help up high in the air as she moves up and about her territory, this is an indication of contentment and confidence. Besides, it is during a time like this that the cat will stick the tail straight up, indicating its willingness to be friendly to people around. Also, the cat is able to communicate its interest in something through a slightly raised and softly curved tail. Finally, like us, cats also do get angry and irritated. Thus, they will communicate this with their tail held still, but the tip of the tail twitching back and forth (Bonham, 2005).
Transition to the Next Topic
Finally, you will be pleased to know that cats are territorial animals.
Cats as Territorial Animals
By territorial, I mean that their behavior is primarily characterized by their self-preservation. The domesticated cats aside, the cats in the wild such as tiger, leopard, and cheetah will establish a very specific home base where they sleep, eat and mate. In a similar vein, cats are peaceful animals who work hard to avoid chance encounters with their fellow cats which would compromise the peace in their territory or lead to fighting and injury (Cats International, 2016). Both the wild and domesticated cats alike, it is incredible to realize that they have a very strong sense of smell. What is mind blowing about this fact is that they essentially use this sense of smell to mark their territories. While kittens are born deaf and blind, at day one, they already have a very sharp sense of smell. With this, they can distinguish between their homes and another, within their very first day after birth (Huston, 2013).
In conclusive remarks, it is important to note that domesticated cats are the closest animals to human beings. And like us, they exemplify different traits ranging from their ability to perceive things in their surroundings to their mood expression.
Bonham, M. H. (2005). Bring me home!: Cats make great pets. Hoboken, NJ: Howell Book House.
Cats International. (2016). The Cats View of Territory - Cats International. Retrieved from http://catsinternational.org/the-cats-view-of-territory/
Huston, L. (2013). Cat Intelligence and Mapping the Feline Brain | petMD. Retrieved from http://www.petmd.com/cat/wellness/evr_ct_how-smart-is-your-cat
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