Today, domestic cats are everywhere: in the home, in the yard, on television and, overwhelmingly, on the Internet. Cats rule the internet! If you search online for funny pictures, they’re largely of cats. Let’s find out some fun facts about cats! Did you know that …
18% of households in the UK own a cat and we bet you haven’t heard some of these fun facts about cats!
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Fun facts about cats:
#1 Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans! A study found that cats are more than capable recognizing their owner’s voice but choose to ignore it.
#2 A cat brings you dead animals because they think you are just a crappy cat that can’t survive on its own. They’re just giving you presents!
#3 Whenever a cat slowly closes its eyes and opens them again or winks at you, that means they trust you and recognize you as a friend.
#4 Cats’ purring may be a self-soothing behavior, since they make this noise when they’re ill or distressed, as well as when they’re happy.
#5 Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third!
#6 Did you know that cats will refuse an unpalatable food to the point of starvation?
#7 Despite popular belief, many cats are actually lactose intolerant.
See more toxic foods for cats in one of my related posts HERE.
#9 It’s believed that catnip produces an effect similar to LSD or marijuana in cats. The effects of nepetalactone — the chemical in catnip that can makes cats crazy — wears off within 15 minutes, and won’t surface again for a few hours, even if your cat remains in sniffing distance.
#10 A cat with a question-mark-shaped tail is asking, “Want to play?”
#11 Cats have a unique “vocabulary” with their owner. Each cat has a different set of vocalizations, purrrrrs and behaviors.
#12 Did you know that cats have up to 100 different vocalizations? Dogs have only 10.
#13 Cats mark you as their territory when they rub their faces and bodies against you, as they have scent glands in those areas.
#14 If your cat approaches you with a straight, almost vibrating tail, this means that she is extremely happy to see you.
#15 A cat flops over and exposes her belly when she is relax and when she trust her owner.
#16 When cats hit you with retracted claws, they’re playing, not attacking.
#17 Did you know that cats are very fussy about their water bowls? Some prefer to ignore their bowls entirely in favor of drinking from the sink faucet. Your best bet is to buy a pet water fountain.
#18 Cats often attack your ankles when they’re bored.
#19 Did you know that cats can be toilet-trained?
#20 65-85% of all white cats born with two blue eyes are prone to deafness.
#21 A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s. More similar than to a dog!
#22 If you can’t find your cat, you should look in a box or a bag, as these are some of their favorite hiding spots!
Fun facts about cats:
#1 Former First Cat Socks, one of the world s most famous felines, was a stray cat rescued by the Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea. Socks lived in the governor s mansion in Arkansas and later moved with the family to the White House. Socks was a media darling during the Clinton administration and was said to receive more letters than the President himself.
#2 It turns out that Abraham Lincoln was a crazy cat president! He had four cats that lived in the White House with him. When asked if her husband had any nobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln is said to have replied “cats”. A true cat lover, Abraham Lincoln was the first known president to bring felines into the White House.
On a wintery visit to a Civil War battlefield in March 1865, Lincoln rescued three half-frozen kittens. Lincoln pet the cats and quietly told them, “Kitties, thank God you are cats, and can’t understand this terrible strife that is going on.”
#3 A physicist made his cat the co-author of a paper because he’d accidentally written “we” instead of “I” throughout the paper and couldn’t be bothered changing it.
#4 The first ever in-flight radio transmission was “Roy, come and get this goddamn cat”. I`m sure that there is a really gooood story behind that!
#5 Maria Assunta left her cat, Tomasso, her entire $13 million fortune when she died in 2011.
#6 Emmy was the ship’s cat on the RMS EMPRESS of IRELAND. She never missed a voyage. However, on 28 May 1914, Emmy tried to escape the ship. The crew could not coax her abroad and the Empress left without her, which was regarded as a terrible omen. Early the next morning the Empress sank. That is scary!
#7 Sailor considered black cats good luck and would use them as “ship’s cats” in hopes of a safe voyage. Maybe this caan explain the RMS EMPRESS story, huh?
#8 Talkeetna, Alaska, U.S. Stubbs (April 12, 1997 – July 21, 2017) was an American cat who was the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska from July 1997 until his death in July 2017. He had several uncontested elections and although he didn’t hold any legislative power, he was loved by locals and tourists alike.
#9 Over 70 cats live in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, helping to catch mice who might want to chew on the artworks.
- #10 Ancient Egyptians would shave off their eyebrows when their cats died. According to Ancient History Encyclopedia, Herodotus wrote in 440BC that when a pet cat died in Ancient Egyptian times, the family members would shave off their eyebrows in mourning.
It’s believed that Egyptian traders originally introduced cats to Europe, where the Greeks and the Romans used them as pest control. However, during the Middle Ages, cats in Europe became associated with superstition. During the Black Death of 1348, rulers ordered the killing of all cats, because they were suspected of carrying the disease. It wasn’t until the 1600s that their reputation started to recover.
#11 Cambyses II of Persia used cats to fight a battle against the egyptians in the battle of Pelusium in 525 BC. He ordered his men to paint cats on their shelds and brought 100’s of cats to his front lines. The egyptians archers refused to fire on the ats as injuring one was punishable by DEATH.
#12 The word “cat” is so old that it can be traced all the way to the late egyptian ” Caute”.
#13 Orlando, a ginger cat, completed and won against stock-picking professionals at the stock market. The cat picked at random, while the professionals used traditional stock-picking methods. At the end of the year, the cat had £542.60 profit, compared to the professionals’ £176.60 profit.
#14 The oldest cat to have ever lived was 38 years and 3 days old when he passed away.
Crème Puff, born on 3rd August 1967 lived until 6th August 2005, and his owner Jake Perry also owned the previous oldest cat record holder, Grandpa Rex Allen, who passed away at the grand age of 34! Whatever Jake Perry’s doing, he’s doing it right!
#15 Isaac Newton invented the cat door!
The scientist is most famous for calculated gravity, but it’s also believed that Isaac Newton invented the cat door.
How Stuff Works writes that when Newton was working on his experiments at the University of Cambridge he was constantly interrupted by his cats scratching at the door. So he called the Cambridge carpenter to saw two holes in the door, one for the mother cat and one for her kittens! Apparently these holes can still be seen at the university today.
Fun facts about cats:
#1 Did you know that a house cat’s genome is 95.6 percent tiger? Cats actually share many behaviors with their jungle ancestors and these include: marking by scratching, prey play, prey stalking, pouncing, chinning, and urine marking.
#2 If you thought cats spent a lot of their lives sleeping, you’d be right. According to Veterinary Hub, Cats actually spend 70% of their lives sleeping, which works out to around 13-16 hours a day.
#3 There is a breed of cats called Lykoi that look like werewolves.
#4 The reason cats flex (knead) their claws when sitting on your lap is due to a behavior from when it was a kitten. They “knead” the breast while suckling. In adulthood it’s just re-triggered from being nurtured.
#5 Cats are believed to be the only mammals who don’t taste sweetness!
#6 Did you know that a cat’s kidneys are so efficient it can survive on a diet consisting only of meat, with no additional water, and can ever hydrate by drinking seawater? Anyway, I still consider this is not a good idea at all!
#7 Declawing a cat is anatomically the equivalent of removing the entire last bone in a human finger at the joint.
#8 Did you know that cats’ claws all curve downward, which means that they can’t climb down trees head-first? Instead, they have to back down the trunk. That’s actually interesting and funny!
#9 Cats use their whiskers to “feel” the world around them in an effort to determine which small spaces they can fit into. A cat’s whiskers are generally about the same width as its body. Cats have whiskers on the backs of their front legs, as well.
#10 Whiskers are also good indicators of a cat’s mood. When a cat is scared, she put the whiskers back. But when a cat is in hunting mode, she puts the whiskers forward.
#11 Did you know that cats have the largest eyes relative to their head size of any mammal?
#12 The reason cat’s and snakes have vertical pupils is because it increases their depth perception while hunting at night!
#13 Cats make very little noise when they walk around. The thick, soft pads on their paws allow them to sneak up on their prey.
#14 Did you know that cats can jump up to six times their length?
#15 Cats use their long tails to balance themselves when they’re jumping or walking along narrow ledges.
#17 Male cats are more likely to be left-pawed, while female cats are more likely to be right-pawed.
#18 Some cats can swim.
#19 Cats are crepuscular, which means that they’re most active at dawn and dusk.
#20 Did you know that cats can spend up to a third of their waking hours grooming? Cats also groom each other in groups!
#21 Your cat’s grooming process stimulates blood flow to her skin, regulates her body temperature and helps her relax.
#22 Spaying and neutering can extend a cat’s life.
#23 A cat’s purr vibrates at a frequency of 25 to 150 hertz, which is the same frequency at which muscles and bones repair themselves.
#24 Did you know that a group of kittens is called a “kindle“?