Think you know all there is to know about your kitty friends? Here are some fun facts about cats that may be new to you!
Did you know?
- The lifespan of the domesticated indoor housecat is 16 years or longer. An outdoor cat’s lifespan is 3 years.
- Cats respond better to women than men.
- Cats have 30 teeth.
- Humans and cats have the same regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
- Cats have a third eyelid.
- Cats rub against you to show affection and mark you with their scent.
- The domestic cat can sprint at 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) per hour.
- Cat urine glows under a black light.
- Cats reached sexual maturity at 4 to 6 months of age.
- Cats can have up to 5 litters of kittens per year.
- The heaviest cat on record weighed 46 pounds (20.865 kilograms).
- Cats take 20 to 40 breaths per minute.
- The front paw of the cat has 5 toes, while the back paw has 4. Polydactyl cats are those born with extra digits.
- The cat’s tail is used for balance.
- Domestic cats purr when inhaling and exhaling.
- Cats purr at the same rate as an idling diesel engine, 26 cycles per second.
- Cats scoop water up backwards with their tongue when they drink.
- Cats have the largest eyes of any mammal in relation to their body size.
- Cats that have all white hair and blue eyes are usually deaf.
- Cats have 24 whiskers, which are used to measure distance.
- Cats cannot move their jaws from side to side, only up and down.
- An Argentinean cat in the 1940s lived at the top of a 40 foot tree for 6 years, where she had 3 litters of kittens. Locals fed her with food placed on long poles.
- A group of cats is called a clowder; a group of kittens is called a kindle.
- Cats have a special scent organ on the roof of their mouth, which is why you see them with their mouths open when they encounter a strong odor.
- Most cats do not have eyelashes.
- Cats walk on their toes.
- Cats see 6 times better than a human at night.
- Cats have no collarbone, so they can fit through any opening the size of their head.
- Cats have 30 vertebrae, which is 15 more than humans.
- The oldest known fossil that represents today’s cat is about 12 million years old.
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