In 2018, the average lifespan of pet cats was 15.1 years. Of the five main sensory systems—sight hearing, taste, smell, and touch—those of cats, with the exception of taste, are particularly acute. Cats are among the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom. While domestic cats can live in groups, they always hunt alone. They can be active both day and night, and conserve energy by sleeping more than most animals. When not sleeping, cats spend a large portion of their waking time self-grooming. Domestic cats are known for their love of play, most hate water, and most like to settle or perch in high places. If properly socialized, cats and dogs can live together peacefully, and can even bond strongly.
In the United States, 47.1 million households own a total of 94.2 million cats. In a 2017 survey, almost half the respondents identified themselves as “dog people,” but just 12% said they were “cat people.” Relative to dog people, cat people are less extroverted, more open-minded and sensitive, more anxious, and more intelligent.
About the Author
After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.
During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at www.davidritchey-author.com and online book stores.
His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.
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