If you think you know everything about cats after living with one, you need to think again. There are still a lot of things you need to know about your favorite furry friend and some of them might still even surprise you. You can learn a lot from this list; from figuring out how to make your cat love you to decoding what their weirdest behaviors mean.
Here are some fun cats’ information and facts that you definitely need to know.
- Clowder is a term for a group of cats. Only a few number people are aware of this so you have the bragging rights to share this precious gem of knowledge to impress your friends on how deep your cat vocabulary is.
- Cat’s ears are controlled by over 20 muscles. You can almost imagine flopping their ears really does take a lot of effort.
- Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping. The 30% waking moments of their lives are spent for eating, breaking things, clawing, and sitting on your computer keyboard when working.
- A cat named Stubbs became Talkeetna, Alaska’s mayor for 15 years. This gives you the idea that if an animal can enter politics, so can you. But you need to be as adorable as a cat in order to win.
- A cat once one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013. The mayor of Talkeetna may have contacted his friend in Mexico and influenced him to join politics. There’s a hidden political world of cats that we have to yet uncover.
- Cats can’t taste sweet food. Don’t bother winning your cat’s love with chocolates and cakes. Their taste buds are more refined than a human’s.
- The average domestic cat lifespan comes out to 15.1 years. You better spend every waking moments with your cat as if it’s the last. Keep the memories fresh by taking as much photos with them as possible and taking them out every once in a while to see the outside world.
- A cat can jump up to six times its length. You might need to buy a counter six times your cat’s length if you don’t want them to break your glassware and make a mess in your house.
- A house cat runs at a speed of 30 miles per hour – practically faster than Usain Bolt. If cats were allowed to participate in the Olympics, Usain Bolt may have to retire earlier than expected. And we would have cat logos in all our sports garments.
- Uncovered poop is a sign of aggression to let you know they don’t fear you. If you notice this behavior, you might need a different approach for your cat to love and adore you. Beside, you don’t want to be feared; you just want to be respected.
- Cats only sweat through their foot pads. No matter how much physical activity your cat does, you’ll never catch them breaking a single sweat because it all goes to their feet.
- A cat’s nose is just like a human fingerprint; they have unique patterns. If cats were to sign documents and need to mark their prints on the paper, they might need to nose dive on ink and press their face on the document firmly. Thank goodness we are not cats.
- A cat marks his territory by rubbing against people. It may seem like they want to cuddle with you or to be held by you, but it actually just shows they own you now. Not the other way around.
- Cats can drink seawater. If you and a cat are stuck on a lifeboat floating endlessly in the open waters, your cat will probably survive longer than you. This is because their kidneys filter out the salt and use the desalinated seawater for hydration.
- Keeping your cat active during the day lets him have a good night’s rest. If you’re not free to play with your cats actively in the morning, you can leave your cats to a cat hotel. There’s a cat sitting in San Francisco, California that lets your cats have the best time of their lives.
- A female cat is called a “molly” or a “queen”. This is not a common knowledge since a lot of people just call cats ‘cats’ or ‘kittens.’ Having this kind of information helps you tighten your cat vocabulary so you can impress more friends.
- Male cats are called “toms”. Now you probably get why your favorite cartoon comedy series was called ‘Tom and Jerry’. You can share this fact to your friends as well and see if they realize it too.
- The largest known litter ever produced was 19 kittens. Cats can have an average of one to nine babies. Nineteen is a bit too much, don’t you think? But think of all those cute fur balls running around the house like crazy. How adorable!
- Cat’s fur doesn’t insulate well when wet that’s why they can’t stand water. That is why keeping them inside the house to keep them clean and free from the dirt and smoke of the outside world is recommended.
- You’re called an Ailurophilia (Greek: cat+lover) if you love cats. Your obsession for your feline friends has a name. You should start a support group for cat owners and call it Ailurophilias Unite. You’re welcome.
- A cat’s heart beats nearly twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats a minute. So it’s not that your cat is flustered or excited every time she sees you; it’s just that her heart really runs that way.
- Garfield was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most widely published cartoon. You can celebrate this fact with your cats over a huge plate of lasagna. Better yet, you can have your kittens watch Garfield videos with you to make it more fun.
- Cats can find their way home even after travelling for many miles. If your cat usually just stays at home and has never gone out of the house even once, and you want to test this fact, you’re going to have a bad time. Cats find their way home when they have the freedom to go in and out of the place as they wish.
- Cats have great night vision. They can use this superpower-like ability to hide from you and go find a peaceful place to nap.
- Kittens learn skills to fight and hunt through play fighting. It’s not like they’re going to use these skills to hunt food since they’re being fed by their owners. These just come in handy when they might slip out of the house and find themselves on a dark alley way surrounded by a clowder of cats. They can defend themselves and keep their fur intact.
- Cats have crazy kidneys that filter out the salt from the water so they can re-hydrate themselves. This is why cats will be able to survive out in the open waters if ever they will be stranded.
- The brain of a cat is 90% similar to a human’s. Ever wonder why you always want to just sleep and do nothing all day? Look at your cat. You two have that vibe going because you may have similar thinking with your cat.
- Cats are most active at dawn and dusk because they are crepuscular. In between those times, you may find them sleeping or eating. Such is the life of a cat.
- Cats miss food that’s right in front of them because they can’t see below their noses. That’s why it’s advisable to keep cat food containers elevated at a certain angle for them to see where their food is. You also need to be patient in leading them to their bowl.
- Your cat’s grooming process stimulates blood flow to his skin, regulates his body temperature and helps him relax. These are a major plus when it comes to making them look good and presentable. That is why it’s very important to have your cats scheduled for grooming; not just for the looks but also for the physical benefits.
There are tons more of facts that you need to know, and some of it you might need to discover yourself through your cat. We hope that this article has somehow helped you understand your cat’s behavior at the same time widening your cat vocabulary.
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