Facts about Cats That You Need to Know

 

Cats are among the most popular pets kept in houses. The United States alone has approximately 88 million of these furry felines. According to statistics, there are almost 500 million cats of different colors and sizes. The association between cats and human beings is roughly 10000 years old. Cats are cute and quite intelligent and much loved by children and adults alike because of their sweet alike. Domestic cats make cozy companions and also keep the house clear of rodents like mice. If you are a feline lover and eager to know more about house cat facts read on for some funny and interesting general Information about cats. These facts about cats for kids can be enjoyed by all.

  • The average lifespan of a cat is about two to 16 years.
  • Almost 70 percent of this life span is spent sleeping.
  • House cats love to sleep most and spend 70 percent of their time sleeping and the rest 30 percent grooming them.
  • When there is a group of cats it is known as a clowder.
  • Cats have a very flexible body and can squirm through the smallest places.
  • But they cannot see right under their nose.
  • Ever seen a cat batting his eyelashes? This is because most do not have.
  • They have more than 20 muscles that alone control the ear.
  • The animals can even rotate their ears almost 180 degrees.mother1
  • The middle part of a cat’s tongue has spines that point backward. It is useful for gripping meat and breaking off the meat.
  • The tongue of a feline is pretty pink but feels like sandpaper. The texture is such because of these spines and very useful for grooming the animal.
  • Stressed cats tend to overgroom themselves. The reaction is very similar to humans who bite and chew their nails when tensed.
  • The grooming of a cat is often a way of keeping clean and also erasing signs of a hunt. This is because cats are quite small and can be hunters as well as hunted. Therefore, they do not want to leave behind any traces of blood and gore on themselves for other animals to pick up a scent.
  • Male cats are supposed to be left-pawed while the female ones are right-pawed.
  • Human and cats are said to have almost identical brain sections that control emotion.
  • The animal’s brain is very similar to a human being’s.
  • There are 300 million neurons in the cerebral cortex of the cat which is almost half that of a dog’s.
  • Cats have a better memory in comparison to a dog and mostly learn by doing rather than observing.mate6
  • Though the Intelligence Quotient of a cat is lesser than that of dog its cognitive problem-solving ability is quite high.
  • Cats can taste-sense the surrounding air. So, if you thought they are simply grimacing their face it is not so. The animals have an extra organ which allows them to do so by controlling their breathing.
  • The felines do not have any sense of sweet taste because they have lesser taste buds. So that is why they do not like chocolates or even ice cream. But they have bad enough teeth without eating ice cream or sweets.
  • They are also sometimes lactose intolerant so if you thought all cats love to lap up milk you may be wrong.
  • Have you ever counted the toes in a cat’s paw? Many have five in the front paws and only four in the hind ones. Cats often have an extra toe. This phenomenon is known as polydactylism. This genetic abnormality is a common feature in cats. Writer Ernest Hemingway had almost 50 cats of which half had polydactylism. Owing to this feature these cats are also known as Hemingway Cats.
  • Polydactyl cats are supposed to be good luck in the sea which is why they were found on ships. They are also excellent hunters and kept the ship free of mice.
  • Cats are extremely quiet while they are moving. They can place the hind paws exactly in the place of their front paws which reduces noise and creates fewer tracks.
  • Their night vision is very powerful and is almost six times more than that of humans.
  • Cats have an amazing sense of smell and excellent hearing.kitten_cat_playful_down_paw_95904_300x168
  • If you have a pet cat make sure that you don’t give too much tuna fish to them as it can lead to thiamine deficiency. You should also not give cats too much salmon because it contains high levels of mercury which can accumulate in their bodies.
  • Older cats especially house cats are often aggressive towards new cats or kittens. This is because house cats do not live in groups. Some felines like lynx, bobcats, and servals are solitary by nature and prefer to stay alone. If a new cat is brought into the family then it has to be introduced to the old one through a proper process.
  • The purr of the cat is often a sign of nervousness and contentment.
  • The meow is only for communicating with human beings in case of adults. If they are suffering from any health issue then the meowing increases. But sometimes it is purely to seek attention.
  • If you observe properly your cat can make almost a hundred different sounds in comparison to dogs.
  • Have you ever noticed how high the house cats can jump? It is approximately six feet. Any cat can jump six times its length. So, a foot cat can obviously jump six feet.
  • Cats can jump from great heights and still survive. This amazing capability is because of its agile body. Their legs are springy and can absorb the shock of the jump from a height. It is among the 10 Good things about cats.
  • Cats were worshipped in Egypt. The Goddess was represented as half cat, half woman, and her name’s Bastet. Families would mummify their pet cats when they died and give them a proper burial. The family members shaved off their eyebrows to express their mourning.

The above are precious cat information in English which is not just enjoyable but educative about one of the oldest human companions.

Also see: Is your Cat in labors? Here are the symptoms!

 

 

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