Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world. Cats have been a pet for people since ancient Egypt. They are often considered to be independent animals, but they actually need their human owners' attention and care to thrive. They’re not just fluffy and cute, they can be very intelligent too!
You might know that cats have a good sense of balance and use their whiskers to detect if they can fit through tight spaces. But did you also know that felines love to do things on their own schedule? And how about this: A hungry cat will get up from a nap because it needs food.
One thing for sure is that there is always something new to learn about our furry friends! In this blog post, we will discuss some interesting facts about cats that you may not know yet. Here is the list of 17 interesting facts about cats that a cat lover would love to know!
1. The Oldest Known Pet Cat Existed 9,500 Years Ago
Humans have been domesticating cats since ancient Egypt, around 200 to 500 BC. But one cat, in particular, lived much longer than its human owner. A genetic study found that a male Abyssinian named “Tom” had the same mutation as his modern descendants and probably lived between 1914 and 1986! The oldest cat.
The cat was originally bought from a ship’s captain at the Port of Liverpool. Tom reached 25 years old and he was given to his owner, Mrs. Maria Dickin by her daughter-in-law as she moved out because they had no space for him anymore!
Mrs. Maria Dickin died at age 90 but “Tom” lived until he turned 32 years old when he met an unfortunate accident that broke one of his hind legs during World War II, which led to its amputation. Unfortunately, after this incident, it is believed that “Tom” passed away shortly after being found injured on a street outside their house with nothing more than a tin can roundabout him for the any – so sad!
He would have been around 40 or 41 years old!
2. Cats Spend 70% of Their Lives Sleeping
That’s a lot of napping! Male cats and female cats sleep an average of 16 hours per day. This is because they’re crepuscular animals, which means that they are most active at dawn and dusk. The average cat sleep is about 16–18 hours a day.
This might explain why your cat is so grumpy when you try to get it up in the morning – it’s probably exhausted from all the previous days' activities!
3. Cats Have Better Hearing Than Humans Do
They have an advanced hearing system with more than 30 muscles in the ear to help them detect sounds. It is believed that adult cats can hear frequencies up to 65 kHz, which means cats can even hear a mouse’s heartbeat! They also use their whiskers as sensors and touch receptors.
Cats are able to feel vibrations through these sensitive hairs on their nose and cheeks when hunting at night or detecting danger nearby. A cat uses its whiskers for feeling better while walking in dark places like under furniture where it might find food but could get trapped too!
Fun Fact: Like human fingerprints, each cat’s nose print is unique.
4. A Cat’s Tail Can Help Them Cheetah-Style Run Away from Danger Quickly
The fastest land mammal in the world is the cheetah, which can reach speeds of up to 75 mph. And guess what? Cats have a similar ability to run away quickly from danger by using their tails!
When cats sense that they are in danger, they will twitch their tail very fast from side to side. This motion creates a vortex behind them that helps create lift and pushes them forward as they run. It’s like having an extra pair of legs – or even wings – helping them get away safely!
5. A Cat Can Jump Five Times Its Height
Cats are known for being great jumpers and can leap as high as five times their height. They do this by crouching down and then springing upwards with all four cat claws together. Their back muscles are very powerful, which helps them jump high into the air. What they do while in mid-air is that they rotate their back and legs to land on all four feet without losing any balance!
6. A Cat’s Brain Is Smarter than a Human’s - but Their Heartbeat is Lower
Cats are extremely intelligent animals with excellent memory skills who can get bored easily if not given enough attention from their owners. A cat brain has 30% more neurons than a human being does! This means cats think faster and have a better understanding of what people say compared to dogs or other pets too.
The only drawback about this intelligence? Cats tend to show less affection towards humans or other animals because of their independent nature (or maybe because there are smarter options out there?)
However, cats also have a lower heart rate than humans do. In fact, their resting heart rate is around 110 beats per minute as opposed to the human average of 60-100 beats per minute. This means that a cat’s body can conserve energy more efficiently when it isn’t stressed or in danger – which might be why they seem so lazy at times!
7. The Record for the Longest Cat Ever Is 48.5 Inches
The current record for the longest cat ever is held by a Maine Coon named Stewie. He measures in at an impressive 48. inches from nose to tail!
Maine Coons are the largest domesticated breed of cats and can weigh up to 25 pounds – that’s as much as a small dog! They are known for their long, shaggy fur coats and bushy tails. Because of their size, they make great indoor pets and love being around people.
Despite being so big, Maine Coons domesticated cats are actually very gentle animals who often like to curl up on their owner’s lap for a nap. So the next time you’re feeling down, just snuggle with your kitty and you’ll feel better in no time!
8. There Are More Than 500 Million Domestic Cats in the World
Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world and there are more than 500 million domestic and feral cats living worldwide. This is because they make great companions – they’re independent, low-maintenance, and love to cuddle!
There are a lot of stray cats in Disneyland (with an important job). Around 200 wild cats prowl the grounds of Disneyland, where they help control the amusement park’s rodent population. They’re all spayed or neutered, and park employees provide them medical attention and additional food.
In the United States alone, there are around 73 million cats living in homes. That’s a lot of kitties! And with so many different breeds to choose from, it’s no wonder why people love owning them as pets.
9. Cats Walk Like Camels and Giraffes
When cats walk, they move their front legs and back legs on opposite sides of their body. This is called a “pacing” gait and is very unusual for land mammals.
Cats are the only animals that walk this way and it’s thought that they developed it because they evolved from desert-dwelling creatures. Camels and giraffes also walk this way, which might be why cats like to lay in high places – they’re mimicking their ancestors!
So the next time you see your cat walking around, take a moment to appreciate how unique and cool their gait is. They may not be as graceful as deer when they move, but that doesn’t make them any less amazing!
10. Isaac Newton Invented the Cat Door
There is so much cat-love in the world that even famous scientist Isaac Newton created a special flap for cats! Newton invented this “cat door” because he was tired of his pet tortoises disturbing him while he slept. He wanted to create a little doorway in his home where they could come and go as they pleased without bothering him. So far this cat door is helping house cats to go out and come into the home without any problem.
11. The word ‘Cat’ Comes From an Egyptian God’s Name, Bastet
Cats may have been domesticated thousands of years ago but their wild ancestry can still be seen today – especially how independent they are! The name of one particular Egyptian god inspired the Latin root name for ‘cats’: Felis. This comes from the ancient Egyptians' worship of felines like lions and cheetahs.
Felis was the name of a cat-like Egyptian goddess who protected against evil magic and disease. Cats were even sacrificed to her on occasion! Now that’s one feline worth admiring for sure.
12. In 1963 a Cat Went to Space
In 1963, a Russian female cat named Laika became the first animal to ever go into space.
Laika was an abandoned street cat who was chosen to be part of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik program because she was small and agile. She was placed inside a tiny satellite capsule and launched into orbit around Earth.
Unfortunately, Laika died only a few hours after launch from overheating and stress. But her journey paved the way for human astronauts and demonstrated that animals could survive in space conditions.
13. House Cats Are Good for Your Mental Health
Contrary to popular belief, cats are not just good for your mental health – they’re essential! A 2012 study by the University of Missouri found that owning a cat can actually reduce stress levels and improve overall mental health. This is because cats provide their owners with companionship and unconditional love, which is something many people need in their lives.
So the next time you feel stressed out, why not reach out to your furry friend? They’ll be more than happy to help you relax and de-stress. And who knows, maybe you’ll even start purring along with them when your cats purr! Contrary to popular belief, having a pet can offer significant health benefits beyond providing companionship; studies have shown that pets may improve heart health (by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol), increase fitness levels, and improve socialization.
14. Ancient Egyptians Would Shave Off Their Eyebrows When Their Cats Died
When an Egyptian’s beloved pet cat died, they would shave off their eyebrows as a sign of mourning.
This tradition started over 4000 years ago and is still carried on today – albeit in a less extreme way. Nowadays, people usually just post pictures of their cats on social media when they die to show their respect.
15. Cats Are the Only Mammals That Can’t Taste Sweet Foods
All other mammals have taste receptors that allow them to enjoy sweet foods, but cats don’t have these receptors because they evolved from desert-dwelling creatures.
This means that cats can’t taste sugary things like candy or cake and will often ignore food that smells or looks sweet. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy treats! Cats have been known to go crazy for catnip and other herbs.
16. Cats Can See in the Dark
If you’ve ever wondered why cats meow, and how they see at night in the dark, it’s because they’re equipped with special retinas that contain a layer of tissue called tapetum lucidum. This tissue reflects light back onto their retina (the inside of your eye), which allows them to absorb more available light when there are no visible sources around.
This helps them see better even on dark nights or under dim lighting conditions like street lamps and candles. So if you find yourself walking home late one evening accompanied by a trail of paw prints behind you, don’t be surprised; these probably belong to your neighborhood kitty!
17. Cats Can Get Drunk
When your cat gets into the beer or wine, it means that they are probably suffering from hepatic lipidosis. This condition occurs when too much fat accumulates in their body and causes disruption to their organs.
This usually happens because cats love eating fatty foods like butter, which contains a lot of calories. If you ever find yourself wondering why your pet is acting strangely after gorging on some greasy food – chances are it’s drunk! It might even start walking around with its head tilted backward!
Cats make great companions because they are independent, low-maintenance, and love to cuddle!
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