Did you know that cats greet each other by touching noses? Or that they can rotate them ears 180º? ears 180º? And these aren’t the only surprising facts about cats you may have missed!
Interesting facts about cats :
- Cats have been domesticated for about 4,000 years! Before that, they were one of the greatest hunters feared by numerous species.
2. A cat needs to interact with humans from about 2 weeks old so it can be sociable toward people. Even after that, you still have time until a cat turns about 16 weeks old. After that, it’s almost impossible to domesticate it.
3. A group of kittens is often called a kindle a group of adult cats is called a clowder. A female cat is referred to as a queen, and a male cat is known as a Tom.
4. Your cat’s purrs and meows are only a tiny part of their vocal abilities. In fact, cats can make up to 100 different sounds!
5. By the way, cats only meow at humans. With other animals, they hiss, spit, and purr but never meow. They also tend to greet each other by touching noses.
6. When it comes to a cat’s development, the first year of its life is equal to the first 15 human years. When a cat turns 2, it turns 25 in human years. And after the third year of its life, it gets to a place we all know about: one cat year for every 7 human years!
7. The problem of acne is pretty common among cats. They usually end up developing blackheads on their chins, which is vastly known as feline acne.
8. Cats actually purr thanks to their own special vocal cords! It’s basically a small group of thin bones located between the base of a cat’s skull and the root of its tongue. When a cat feels happy, these muscles contract and create the vibration of the vocal folds that we call purring.
9. Psychologists say that people who have cats are logical, practical, and introverted. They also say that cat lovers tell way more stories about their furry friends than dog owners.
10. A cat’s sense of smell is truly superb — it’s approximately 14 times greater than that of the average human!
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Astounding Facts About Cats
11. Cats aren’t really big fans of sweets, simply because they can’t taste them! Scientists believe this happened because of a mutation in their key taste receptor.
12. Cats have rather sensitive stomachs. Never give your cat onion, garlic, green tomatoes, chocolate, grapes, or raisins. Milk is also a bad idea as it upsets your kitten’s stomach.
13. Cats have belly buttons too, but they look nothing like ours. It’s pretty hard to find and is usually located about two-thirds of the way down a cat’s belly.
14. According to statistics, only 24% of kittens from animal shelters get adopted.
15. While we subconsciously view a black cat as a sign of bad luck, in England, Asia, France, and many other countries, they’re considered to bring prosperity and happiness!
16. A cat’s whiskers aren’t there to make them extra cute! They’re covered in numerous nerve cells and blood vessels. This helps cats detect any changes around them and figure out whether they can fit into a certain space as their whiskers have a span of the width of their body.
17. Cats have a special reflective layer in their eyes called the tapetum lucidum. This layer easily magnifies incoming light and allows cats to see around 6 times better than we do in the dark and low light.
18. A cat’s heart beats way faster than ours with about 110 to 140 beats every single minute.
19. A cat’s cerebral cortex contains 300 million neurons. Just for comparison, dogs have only around 160 million.
20. Cats can give birth to identical twin kittens.
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other Cat Facts :
21. It’s a natural instinct for a kitten to cover its poop. If your cat doesn’t do that, this is its way of showing you who’s the true head of the house.
22. Some ginger tabby cats have freckles around their mouth and even on their eyelids.
23. While we have 12 muscles in our ears, cats have 32! Of course, this triples their earing abilities and allows them to hear you grabbing their favorite food from the fridge — even if they’re 5 doors away. These same muscles also help them rotate their ears 180º!
23. In 1963, a cat named Félicette was sent to space from France. French specialists even implanted electrodes in her brain to track all her neurological signals. Luckily, Félicette survived the trip and became the first cat to go to space!
24. Cats usually have 5 toes on each of their front paws and 4 toes on their back paws. Still, the number of toes can vary.
25. Back in 2007, a calico cat named Tama became a station master and greeted passengers at Kishi Station. Needless to say, the number of passengers increased by 17% that month, and everybody adored beautiful Tama. The cat died in 2015 of heart failure when she was 16 years old.
26. Cats can easily jump about 6 times their own length! This is all thanks to the powerful muscles in their back legs, which allow them to jump onto any surface they like.
27. Cats have a lower social IQ than dogs, but they compensate perfectly by having better long-term memory and the ability to solve difficult cognitive problems.
28. Biologically, a cat’s brain is kinda similar to ours. We have almost identical brain regions that take care of our emotions, so there’s a chance that you and your furry friend feel the same way sometimes.
29. Researchers from the University of Lincoln found that cats love it when you touch their faces, especially around their lips, chin, and cheeks. And they absolutely hate it when you pet them at the base of their tail! It makes them feel very uncomfortable, so don’t do that.
30. Experts confirm that living with a cat helps relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. All this lowers your blood pressure and protects your body from possible heart problems, including a stroke.
Do you know any other fascinating facts about cats? Tell me in the comment section below.