Let me tell you a fact about a cat.
Cats are weird and are known to have crazy idiosyncrasies. But that’s why we love them. In this article, I discuss fun facts about cats you might not have known about but – you might find surprisingly interesting.
Okay, tell me about cats
Okay, let’s get the boring facts out of the way first.
Fact #1 – Your friendly neighborhood cat is from the domesticated species of the feline family tree “Felidae” and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family.
Fact #2 – A cat’s skeletal system is unique. The average cat has 250 bones. The fact that cats have no collarbone and a flexible spine made up of 30 vertebrae is the reason why they land on their feet.
Well, maybe that wasn’t boring!
Fact #3 – Cats have whiskers on their face as well as the back of their front legs. Their whiskers are attached to neural pathways that communicate to the muscles to make them move.
Fact #4 – A cat’s paw is very sensitive. There are tons of little nerve receptors in their little paws, making them feel vibrations and perfect at balancing. And their paws are excellent shock absorbers.
Fact #5 – And speaking of cat paws – cats have 14 toes! Five toes on each front paw and four toes on each back paw.
Fun Facts About Cats
Fact #6 – Cats are the oldest known pets. In 2004, an archeologist found a cat grave in Cyprus, that dated back 9500 years ago. This predates old Egyptian art that depicts cats by about 4000 years.
Fact #7 – Stubbs, a cat, was Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska from 1997-2017.
Fact #8 – The cat door was invented by Sir Isaac Newton. He cut a hole in his doors to make it easy for his cat to come and go – and he cut a smaller flap for her kittens.
Fact #9 – On October 18, 1963, Felicette became the first (and only) cat to be sent to space, as part of the French space program. She was named after the cartoon, Felix, the Cat.
Fact #10 – Ancient Egyptians would shave off their eyebrows to pay tribute to their cat when it died.
Interesting facts about cats
Fact #11 – Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees. And their hearing is amazing. They can hear lower frequencies and higher frequencies than dogs and people.
Fact #12 – Meows is a unique language that cats have come up with to communicate with humans. If you notice, cats don’t meow at each other – hiss, purr, and spit but no meowing between cats.
Fact #13 – White cats with blue eyes have a higher chance of being deaf due to a congenital abnormality. The gene that produces white hair suppresses the pigment cells of hair – even the hairs in the ear. This can lead to the tissue of the ear dying off and affecting hearing. Very interesting!
Fact #14 – The first year of a cat’s life is equal to 15 human years. In the second year, cat is 25 years old in human years. Then, each year is equal to 7 human years.
Fact #15 – Cats are lactose intolerant – which is why you should never give cats milk.
Totally random facts about cats
Fact #16 – Cats spend 2/3 of everyday sleeping and 1/3 of the day, grooming themselves.
Fact #17 – Male cats are largely left-pawed dominant and female cats are generally right-pawed dominant.
Fact #18 – The oldest cat to give birth to kittens was age 30. Her name was Kitty.
Fact #19 – Cats have the largest eyes relative to the head size of any mammal.
Fact #20 – A group of cats is called a clowder. Two cats are a pair – three or more is a clowder.
Cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers – which is pretty cool when you think about it. There are so many things about cats that make them the perfect sidekick for humans.
For more information on cats, I suggest reading the following articles from the Cat Mama:
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