Interesting Cat Facts
The love of cats is called Ailurophilia.
Cats cannot taste anything sweet.
A cat’s tongue consists of backward-facing hooks (known as papillae) containing large amounts of the same material found in human fingernails (keratin). This comes in handy when grooming and tearing up food.
Americans spend more money on cat food annually than they do on baby food.
There are nearly 82 million pet cats in America as compared to 72 million dogs.
A group of kittens is called a kindle.
A group of older cats is called a clowder.
Catgut, used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments does not come from cats. but actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.
Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
Cats have both an undercoat and an outer coat.
The cheetah is the only cat in the world that can’t retract it’s claws.
With proper care, nutrition, and regular veterinary visits, an indoor cat can live as long as 21 years or more, although the average age of cats is 12-15 years.
Cats who fall 5 stories have a 90% chance of survival.
All calico and tortiseshell cats are female.
A cat’s ear has 32 muscles.
Neutering a cat extends will extend it’s life span by two or three years.
Cat’s cannot produce fat on their own so they must have it in their diet.
Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
The normal body temperature of a cat is 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
The heaviest cat ever recorded was 46 lbs.
Cats have a third eyelid called a haw.
A cat’s eye has a layer of reflecting cells called a Tapetum lucidum which gives it excellent vision 6 times better than a human.
Cats are the sleepiest of all mammals. They spend 15 to 16 hours a day sleeping. In other words, a seven-year-old cat has only actually been awake for two years.
Adult cats sleep 15 percent of their lives and are actually in light sleep 50 percent of the time they are “awake.”
Cats do not walk on the pads of their feet, they walk on their claws.
The ear canals of Newborn kittens don’t begin to open until around 9 days.
When the eyes open, they are always blue at first. They change color over a period of months to the final eye color.
Most Kittens have blue eyes that change over time to the final color.
Most cats have no eyelashes.
A cat cannot see directly under its nose.
It is a common misconception that cats are color-blind. They can actually see blue, green and red.
Many cats with white fur and blue eyes are deaf. White cats with only one blue eye are deaf only in the ear closest to the blue eye. White cats with orange eyes do not have this disability.
Abraham Lincoln had 4 cats who lived with him in the White House.
Napoleon had a fear of of cats.
Cats share their love of high places with their wild cousins, leopards and jaguars.
Among other lessons in hunting and such, mother cats teach their kittens to use the litter box.
Chocolate and Tylenol are poisonous to cats.
The average cat food meal is the equivalent to about five mice.
Like people, Cats have AB blood groups.
A form of AIDS exists in cats.
Siamese kittens are born white due to the heat inside the mother’s that keeps the kittens’ hair from darkening.
People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or to cat dander. Bathing a cat regularly can help diminish this problem.
All domestic cats can trace their family tree to the African Wild Cat which still exists today.
In ancient Egypt, killing a cat –even accidentally – was a crime punishable by death.
In ancient Egypt, cats were mummified and embalmed mice were placed with them in their tombs. Over 300,000 cat mummies were found in one excavation alone at Beni-Hassan in the 1800s.
Cats have a homing ability similar to birds that uses it’s biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the Earth’s magnetic field. This is why a cat can find it’s way home when taken far away.
Besides smelling with their nose, cats also smell with their “Jaconson’s Organ” which is located on the upper surface of their mouth.
Researchers actually do not know why cats purr.
Purring is not always a sign of happiness.
Not all cats react to catnip. The catnip plant contains an oil called hepetalactone which does for some cats what marijuana does to people.
A cat cannot move its jaws sideways.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds as compared to dogs who only have about ten.
A cat can jump seven times as high as it is tall.
A cat is pregnancy lasts about 58-65 days.
Cats walk with both right legs and both left legs. The only other animals to walk like that are camels and giraffes.
Spaying and neutering is important to reduce cat population. Left alone, a female cat can have three to seven kittens every four months.
Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run. The only other animals to do this are the giraffe and the camel.
In ancient Egypt, entire families would shave their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when the family cat died.
Like the human fingerprint, the nose pad of a cat is ridged in a unique pattern.
There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds.
At 110 to 140 beats per minute, a cat’s heart beats twice as fast as a human heart
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