Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world. They come in all shapes and sizes, making them great for almost any situation. In this article, I’ll go through 35 interesting facts about cats that are sure to make your day.
Whether you want a cuddly companion to keep you company or an outdoorsy kitten to hunt with, there is a cat out there for you.
Let’s check out the interesting facts about cats:
35 Interesting Facts About Cats
- Cat’s righting reflex helps them to land on their feet if they are falling. This involves the cat twisting its body around so that it lands perfectly!
- Cats have four rows of whiskers which helps them navigate in low light and prevent themselves from bumping into things when hunting at night!
- Cats have a very sophisticated sense of smell. Compared to humans they have over 200 million receptor cells, compared to our five or six million. Their sense of smell determines the gender and reproductive status of other cats as well as age, health, and mood. They also use smell to detect foods.
- Cats’ front paws have sensitive pads which allow them to detect even the slightest vibrations in the ground and lets them stalk their prey.
- A cat’s ears have the ability to move independently from one another. This is very useful if a cat needs to locate the origin of a sound that reaches both ears at different times or intensities, such as those made by mice and other small creatures moving around in the grass.
- A cat’s whiskers vibrate and detect the sounds and vibrations of their prey as well as the air currents around them. Check out more epic facts about whiskers here.
- Cats are unable to taste sweetness and it’s actually believed that they do not possess any sweet receptors on their tongue. Cat’s lack the enzyme salivary amylase which digests carbohydrates and sugars.
- A cat can jump up to six times its length from a standing position, allowing the animal to reach many places in high spaces without having to travel across more dangerous areas.
- A cat may spend five or more hours a day grooming itself.
- A human can move his/her eyes from side to side but a cat’s eyes are not capable of moving in separate directions.
- A housecat has the same jaw structure as a tiger, lions but it is more flattened than that of other carnivores because they chew less frequently than wild cats to avoid wearing their teeth down which help grab prey.
- Cats are obligate carnivores and they cannot digest plant material. They rely on animal protein as a primary source of nutrition in the wild.
- Cats respond to catnip but it is not necessary for them in order to play. Catnip is an herb that contains oil of naphtha which has a reaction to cats, who are genetically predisposed to enjoy it.
- Cats do not see in total darkness but only about six feet ahead of them because their eyes reflect light rather than absorb it as human eyes can.
- A group of adult cats is a clowder. I know right? Puffs or kits are the names of a group of kittens. A male cat is a tom, while females are queens.
- Cats have the ability to squeeze into small spaces, earning them the title of “eight-pound mouse catcher” in 19th century America.
- Cats can run up to 31 miles per hour – which is faster than Usain Bolt.
- A domestic cat can make more than 100 vocal sounds while dogs only have about ten.
- A cat’s tail helps a cat to maintain its balance and changes its position according to its mood.
- Cats do not drink a lot of water as they can get most of their hydration from the animal foods they eat in the wild. Unfortunately, if cats eat too much dry cat food they may end up dehydrated over time as they tend to struggle with drinking water. Check out my guide to the best water fountain for help.
- A cat buries its feces to cover its trail from predators. This is why it’s important to make the litter box big and deep enough to satisfy your cat’s instincts.
- Cats are unique creatures because they have the ability to purr. Purring usually occurs when cats are happy, but it can also happen when they’re in pain or even giving birth! This is because purring helps with recovery and stress relief.
- Cats don’t like strong smells. They can actually be very particular to certain smells and not others, so if you want to keep your cat happy it is best that you use the same brand of cleaning products or air fresheners in every room!
- A domestic cat’s life expectancy is around 14-16 years old but some breeds have longer lifespans which include the Siamese which lives on average 16-20 years old and the Turkish Van, which can live up to 20 years old! Good nutrition and avoiding outdoor hazards help a cat live longer.
- Cats have a wide range of vocalizations including meowing, hissing, purring, and growling. The frequency is usually much higher than dogs making it seem like they are constantly talking (and sometimes they are!).
- The very first cat show was in 1871 in England. To this day cat shows are still quite popular with cat fanciers.
- In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was punishable by death. Egyptians worshiped the cat and mummified them so they could live on in the afterlife.
- Cats can get tapeworms from eating rodents. They usually contract it by swallowing a flea that has eaten part of an infected rodent. It’s important to keep your cat up-to-date on its tapeworm medicine and prevent your cat from spending too much time outdoors.
- Cats are carnivores and need about 20% protein in their diets whilst dogs can get by with about 12%. Cats use protein as a source of energy.
- A cat’s normal body temperature is between 101 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Cats can get fevers if their temperatures reach 103 or higher which could indicate an illness. If your cats have trouble breathing you may need to take them to the vet.
- There are more than 500 million house cats living among humans all over the world. That number is about three times the human population of the United States.
- Cats have five toes on their front paws, but only four on the rear ones! This is because the fifth toe doesn’t fully develop as a kitten.
- A calico cat is almost always a female as different colors are due to sex chromosomes. Only about one in 3000 calico cats are male, making them extremely rare!
- A cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s brain than that of any other animal, which means they are very smart and sensitive animals.
- Cats do not like water because their fur does not insulate them when they get wet and the thick layer of fat under their skin means it is difficult for cats to stay afloat in water.
Conclusion: 35 Interesting Facts About Cats
That wraps up this article with 35 interesting facts about cats!
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