Long haired cats are more common than you might think, and they’re actually more widespread than you’d think.
That’s according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and the University at Buffalo, who looked at data from more than a dozen countries.
The study, which is published in the journal Science Advances, found that more than half of the world’s population lives in countries where long-haired cats are rare or nonexistent.
Long haires are also more common in countries with lower rates of cat ownership.
They’re thought to give cats a natural boost in body temperature.
Cats are cold animals, so they don’t sweat when they sleep.
But in the cold climate of places like Australia and New Zealand, where cats live in denser areas, heat loss from the body is more important than heat gain, the researchers found.
Long-haired felines have a natural ability to cool themselves, but they can’t keep up with the heat loss in their surroundings, according to the study.
“We found that long-hair cats are able to maintain heat in the body temperature range of a cat of similar body size, and in some instances, even increase their body temperature by as much as 15 degrees Celsius,” said Dr. James S. Wilson, a researcher in the UC San Diego Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior who led the study with his colleagues.
“This is a really cool observation that provides some new insights into the way that heat exchange between cats and their environment is maintained.”
For the study, the scientists collected data on the number of long- hair cats in each country and the number that lived in the densest places.
They then compared those numbers with those of the rest of the population.
In the United States, there were about 10,000 long- haired felines, but the scientists found that just 1,600 of them lived in densest areas.
The other 1,000 cats lived in areas that were more sparsely populated, which may be why they had a higher body temperature in colder weather.
The researchers say the data shows that cats are not just born with long hair but are also genetically programmed to live longer and more aggressively.
“It’s a genetic predisposition, and it’s been documented in our species, but it has not been shown to be universal,” said Wilson.
“So it could be that people with shorter hair are more inclined to adopt cats.
Or, maybe cats are being selectively bred to be longer in order to make themselves fit into a particular environment.
It could be either.”
The researchers did not see evidence that long haires cause disease.
But they say the study has important implications for public health.
“There are very few diseases in cats, so long-headed felines are a really important population,” Wilson said.
“They are a major contributor to the worldwide epidemic of infectious diseases, and that’s the big concern right now.”