Have you ever heard of the saying: “curiosity killed the cat?” Believe me, there is a reason for it. I could never understand the reason for the saying and what it meant until I had my own cat. Cat’s curiosity truly betrays the cat’s well-being. They are curious beyond their own sake. I discovered that cats are mostly attracted to movement. If they are going about their day and they see something moving, they can’t help but investigate what it is. This is one of the reasons that cat toys look so different from dog toys.
For dogs, it’s all about the texture. Dogs are attracted to how something feels because of their inclination to bite and chew. The smell also plays an important part in what they seek. Cats are totally visual and this is one of the main differences with other animals. If you want to get a cat’s attention you need to wiggle something in front of him. If you want him to eat something you also need to show it to him first. With dogs, this just doesn’t happen. A dog will know you have something for him to eat way before it’s in front of his eyes.
Cats are also attracted to sound. If something sounds crackling or crunchy, they can’t wait to get their tiny paws on it. A good example of this is anything plastic. If you have something like a plastic cup and you start crushing it, you’ll immediately see your cat’s ears move trying to locate the source of the sound.
The reason that cats pay more attention to what they see and hear is because of the way they hunt in the wild. A cat is constantly hunting. If he sees your fingers move, he is drawn to try to get hold of them and see why they are moving. He will continue to do so until he is deterred from doing this.
The following cat learns a lesson in curiosity. A bright red plastic cup grabs his attention immediately. He smells it a little bit and decides to dive in with his head. Without realizing it, he has gotten his head stuck in the cup. The cat starts to feel confused as he cannot see anything but the bottom of the cup.
He will turn his head and be faced with the same view every single time. He has no idea what’s going on but after a few seconds, he starts to panic. Not knowing what to do he turns his head from one side to the other very fast. He hopes that all these movements are going to somehow shake the object off his head. Fortunately for the cat, he wasn’t alone. He gets help from the most unexpected savior!