Cat’s have captured our hearts and minds for thousands of years, but how much do you really know about your feisty feline? While there’s an estimated 720-million pet cat’s currently around the world, it’s predicated that human’s began domesticating felines as far back as 9,500 years ago. Let’s explore 25 fascinating facts that most people might not know about their cats.
- House cats share many common behaviors with tigers, as they’re genomes are 95.6% similar. Shared survival instincts include stalking, pouncing, scratching, urine marking, and much more.
- Kitten’s typically have 26 baby teeth (deciduous teeth), and a healthy adult cat will have 30 permanent teeth.
- Most house cat’s have 18 toes total. With 5 toes on their front paws, and 4 toes on their back paws. It’s also not uncommon for cat’s to be born with extra toes.
- Cat’s spend 70% of their lives sleeping, which averages out to roughly 13-16 hours a day.
- Known as the “Astrocat”, a cat was sent to space on October 18th, 1963.
- A majority of cats are lactose intolerant, as they are only equipped to digest dairy when they’re young and should only drink milk produced by other cats.
- Cat’s whiskers contain many nerve endings and serve a purpose to improve their social awareness.
- Cat’s have very strong legs that allows them to catapult into the air, giving them the ability to jump more than 6 times their height.
- Experts believe that cat’s meow to communicate emotions and physical needs to humans.
- Cat’s purr as a way to communicate with humans, as it usually means that they are relaxed and content. Although, some cat’s purr when their stressed, sick, or hurt.
- Cat’s can run up to speeds of 30 MPH.
- Cat’s spend up to 50% of their lives grooming themselves. Regular grooming distributes natural oils around their coats, promotes blood flow, and allows them to stay warm.
- A cat’s nose has hereditary built-in catnip receptors, however, more than 50% of cat’s don’t respond to catnip.
- A group of kittens is called a Kindle, while a group of adult cat’s is called a Clowder.
- Cats are genetically predisposed to be unable to taste sweet foods.
- An average cat’s lifespan is between 12-18 years old, with the oldest cat living to 31 years old.
- Female felines are typically loners and generally not very interested in mating with male cats, which is probably due to their barbed penises that’s painful for the females.
- A healthy adult cat has 244 bones, while human’s only have 206 bones. Meaning that your cat has more bones than you!
- Cat’s enjoy hiding in small spaces because it makes them feel protected and more secure.
- With an estimated 86-million cat’s and 78-million dogs, there are more pet cat’s in the United States than pet dogs.
- The adult cat’s brain has nearly twice the amount of neurons in their cerebral cortex than dogs.
- Cat’s have an extra organ, called the Jacobson’s organ, that allows them to taste scents.
- Each cat’s nose is unique, similar to human fingerprints.
- A cat’s whiskers indicates their mood. For example, if their whiskers hang down then they’re generally happy, while stiff straight whiskers may indicate they’re mad.
- Cat’s can survive high falls, sometimes up to 65 feet high. Feline’s eyes and balance organs, located in their inner ears, helps them rotate in the air so that they can land on their feet.
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