|Interesting Cat Facts
smelling with their nose, cats can smell with an additional organ
called the Jacobson's organ, located in the upper surface of
ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
lack a true collarbone. Because of this, they can generally
squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads
through. Their skeleton contains more than 230 bones and
the pelvis and shoulders are loosely attached, increasing their
flexibility. A cat's backbone has 26 more vertabrae than
a human's has.
sleep 16-18 hours per day.
large majority of white cats with blue eyes are deaf. White
cats with only one blue eye are only deaf in the ear closest
to the blue eye.
cat uses 32 muscles to control its ears, and they can pivot 180
black plague in Europe was partially due to the fact that people
believed cats were evil, so all cats were collected and burned,
leaving the rats (carrying disease-causing parasites) to run
free and multiply. Those people who secretly kept cats
were among the many that survived.
domestic cat, the camel, and the giraffe are the only animals
who walk by moving both their front and hind legs on one side,
then the other.
have about 100 vocal sounds while dogs have only 10.
can hear sounds that are almost two octaves higher than humans
can jump seven time the length of their tail.
whiskers can be used as an alternative sensing device in the
dark. The extreme sensitivity of the hairs can register
very small changes in the air pressure, enabling cats to maneuver
in the dark.
to popular belief, cats cannot see in the dark although they
are able to see better than humans in dimly lit areas.
cats are digitigrade - they walk on their toes with the back
part of their foot raised (which is yet another reason not
to declaw your cat).
have five toes on their front paws and four on their back paws. A
polydactyl cat has more than the normal number of toes.
wild cubs and domestic kittens are born with blue eyes. Color
changes usually occur in the 12th week.
cat cannot see directly under its nose, which is why they have
a hard time finding food dropped on the floor.
with white fur and skin on their faces and ears are prone to
domestic and wild cats that have dark markings on the fur have
those same dark markings on their skin. For example, if
a leopard were shaved, its skin would still make it look as if
it were a leopard.
six-month-old cat is developmentally equivalent to a child of
approximately 10 to 14 years old.
dream only during deep sleep.
Lincoln was the first president to bring a cat into the White
Rutherford B. Hayes had the first Siamese cat in the United States.
breeding has resulted in an extremely fat face among certain
varieties of cats.
do not appear as vivid to cats as they do to humans.
to superstition, dreaming of a ginger cat promises luck in money
Great Britain, seeing a white cat is considered bad luck.
disagree as to whether or not cats can see the color red.
cats generally have fewer genetic health problems than pedigrees
kitten first opens its eyes between 8 and 20 days of age. As
soon as a kitten's eyes are open, its sense of balance is impeccable. A
kitten's eyes change to their permanent color at 12 weeks of
age. Kittens' permanent teeth grow in between the ages
of 12 and 18 weeks.
a cat's eyes, stationary objects appear slightly out of focus.
humans, cats are either left- or right-handed.
are believed to be descended from the cats of ancient Egypt.
begin to run and play at approximately four weeks of age.
of a kitten's growth takes place during sleep.
brain of a sleeping cat is as active as when the animal is awake.
matter the cat's age, a human companion will always be seen as
a mother figure.
location of its eyes gives a cat binocular vision for better
cat has approximately 40 more bones than a human does.
kittens play more than adults, most cats play throughout their
are approximately 100 breeds of pedigreed domestic cats, but
the non-pedigreed "house cat" is by far the most popular. Pedigree
cats make up a mere 10 percent of the cat population.
stocky, compact body, such as that of the Persian, is termed "cobby."
patterns are affected by temperature - the cooler it is, the
darker the fur. Siamese kittens are white when they leave
the warm womb, and the extremities become their darkest parts.
cold weather, a cat's hair stands on end to stop a layer of air
that acts as insulation.
often choose manmade physical borders as the boundaries of their
as they sleep, cats monitor the environment for signs of danger.
are able to see in one-sixth of the light that humans require.
a cat, being petted by a human is akin to being groomed by the
cat's own mother.
have twice as many odor-receptor cells as humans do.
cat on alert pushes its whiskers forward. The top two rows
of a cat's whiskers move independently of the bottom two.
a cat lacks sweat glands, it sometimes licks itself to cool down.
feral cat is not a wild cat. It is a domestic cat that
has grown up in the wild.
small patch of white fur on a cat's chest is known as a "locket." "Mascara
lines" describe the dark fur that extends from the edges
of a cat's eyes.
kitten that is taken too early from its mother may be either
aggressive or timid later in life. If it is taken before
it is weaned it may never mature emotionally. It may try to suck
on objects, human fingers, or its own paw for the rest of its
hairless tip of a cat's nose is known as the "nose leather."
hair that grows out of a cat's ears is described as its "ear
are common in unneutered adult male cats.
are marked on the forehead with an "M."
cat with a "ruff" has fine, long hairs that frame the
lions, tigers, and the other big cats engage in play in order
to sharpen their hunting skills.
big cats are incapable of meowing, with the exception of cougars
cats make good mousers because they have more patience than underfed
group of cats is called a "clowder" or a "pounce."
cats have no eyelashes.