Interesting and Fun Cat Facts

cat facts

Cats are smart enough to get from you whatever they wish to.

Going by a study carried during 2009, they achieve their purpose by imitating the crying babies. When they want to get food, they would make a persistent cry or release a meowing sound measured in the range of 220 -250 hertz while purring at a poorer frequency. Since the frequency range of a crying baby is usually 300-600 hertz, humans are unable to ignore the cat’s crying.

Another characteristic of cats that we find rather irritating, but they use it to their advantage, is coming in between or rubbing on your legs while you are moving. Though not bred to behave like herding animals, as are certain varieties of dogs, it comes naturally to cats to direct your behavior and movement. They understand that certain actions of theirs prompt their keepers to do certain specific things or activities. Many people encourage their cats to behave in that manner. For example, when getting irritated by the cat rubbing on or coming in between your legs, you may rather feed it than moving faster.

There’s a rationale for their drinking water off their paws.

Basically, it’s all a matter of personal preferences. Some cats would rather lick their paws than drinking water from a bowl in a shape not conforming to their taste. Cats are prone to ‘whisker stress’ and they don’t wish to exert pressure on their whiskers while eating or drinking. Another reason could be the level of water, which is often too low for them to reach without exerting pressure on their whiskers. Another simpler explanation could be that the pawing of water produces ripples, making it more interesting and tastier, perhaps.

The penises of males are barbed

At some point of time humans too had the same way! Scientists are not too sure as to why male cats require over 120 backward pointing spikes, but they offer many theories nevertheless. Such as the spikes promote ovulation in female, or they offer enhanced stimulation to the males, thus ensuring their genes are transferred, or simply they hold the penis in the right while mating. Get your cat sterilized early and it will never develop these spikes.

Did you ever hear the phrase, “”Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink? ” Of course, you would understand this ages old expression refers to the sea, which despite such an abundance of water offers not a drop worth drinking to humans because of its salt content. It may come as a surprise to you to learn that cats are capable of drinking sea water for their survival! Here is how:

Drinking salt water

All animals, including cats, get some volume of water through their food. But in the case of cats, when the amount of water they derive from various sources is insufficient, their kidneys can efficiently keep themselves hydrated by drinking sea water (containing salt). Their kidneys can force out the salt, but they allow the drinkable water to keep the body hydrated, and thus survive even during draughts.

Cat naps

Given a choice, humans would prefer sleeping for long intervals. Everybody loves having a long lazy siesta at times, particularly on a weekend. Cats are really fond of such naps too. Those with a cat home would surely be aware of the fact that cats spend most of their time lazing around, sleeping, relaxing and stretching around in the sun. Now, you know why it is called a cat nap?

Cats devote lots of time for grooming

That may not surprise you, but you’ll most certainly be surprised by learning that they spend thirty to fifty percent of their day in cleaning themselves. There are many benefits of self-cleaning. It helps keeping them cool, making them more comfortable, and eliminates their odors that may invite predators. At times, your pet may groom you too. That’s how she demonstrates her affection and marks you as a member of her family. Enjoy that!

Your cat may be wiser than you can imagine.

You can tell that cats are exceptionally smart by simply observing them for a short time. They learn fast, and their abilities to observe, as well as make intellectual decisions based on their senses, are backed by thousands of years of evolution. When you try to understand their thoughts, you will be able to deepen your bond with them. Here are 3 unique traits:

What can I get out of this?

Though dogs may succeed in finding ways to please you, it is a different case with cats. Most of their motivation comes from discovering opportunities that would work to their personal benefit. They make decisions based on the things they get in return. For instance, they respond when called, not out of obedience, but due to the rewards they receive like the pieces of cat food that you give as a treat.

They have mastered the art of imitation.

In general, they are too smart that they can benefit from your routines and habits. They can manipulate you at every opportunity they get. If your pet cat finds out that you are always eager to rise from the bed to feed her every time she makes sounds, you can expect her to make noise each night.

Manipulation maneuvers.

When your present pet, especially if it is a cat, shows a healthy interest towards a new cat, allow them to get closer to one another.

Why do cats catch mice?

Cats are known to catch mice and they are naturally good at it. However, they do not do this because of hunger, but from a natural instinct. While this may not cause any problems, it would be best to discourage your pet cat from disturbing nature. It would help to use a collar that comes with a bell to warn unsuspecting birds to give them a chance to fly before your pet cat gets very close.

Why do they leave unwanted gifts behind?

There are some occasions when your cat might leave an unwanted surprise on your doorstep like a little mouse or something that’s bigger. Researches are not 100% sure why they sometimes leave dead prey for their owners to see, but it must be one of these two reasons:

They want to show affection to their owner. Since they love to chase, kill and play with dead mice, they feel that you should too.
They do it because of their parenting instinct. Cats tend to supply food for their family.

Another factor to consider is the manner by which cats do their hunting. Cats like to stalk and chase their prey until the latter are exhausted and worn out. In addition to this, they like to do this in their territory.

Prevention

The most effective way to prevent your pet cat from hunting is to see to it that she stays indoors. This may not be practical, especially when she is used to the outdoors. Nevertheless, you can try to motivate her to stay home by having more play time with her. Activities like playing with other cats and chasing toys can give them the stimulation they need to keep them from going out of the house and hunting.

More Interesting Cat Facts

  • The shoulder of a cat is connected to its forelimb via the free floating clavicle bones that enable them to wring through awfully small gaps.
  • Of all the senses, cat’s hearing sense is the most powerful. They are able to hear sounds up to 64 kHz whereas humans can hear sounds only up to 20 kHz.
  • A cat can rotate its ears by 180 degree.
  • It can also move it ears individually.
  • The nose of a cat has an inimitable pattern, quite like the fingerprints of humans.
  • A cat has been instrumental in detecting breast cancer among humans.
  • The scent glands of a cat are located along its tail, chin, lips, forehead, underside of front paws.
  • A cat rubs against humans to earmark its territory.
  • It licks itself to get rid of human cent.
  • If a family cat died in the ancient Egypt, the member of family would mourn and shave their eyebrows.
  • The Egyptians had detailed memorials too, including the cat’s mummifying and its burial in the family tomb or a cemetery for pets.
  • In the earliest Egypt, these felines were a symbol of divinity.
  • In the US, black cats are considered bad luck, but in Australia and the UK, they are considered good luck.
  • Usually cats avoid water as their coats don’t provide them adequate insulation.
  • Nonetheless, the Turkish Van breed has no insulation problem and love water.
  • The oldest type of cat called Mau is from Egypt.
  • Mau is the fastest breed of cats.
  • In fact, Mau stands for cat in Egyptian language.
  • Just 11.5 percent think of themselves as “cat people.”
  • These people tend to be more introverts by eleven percent.
  • Compared to usual ‘dog people’, cat people are more willing to undergo new experiences.
  • Male cat owners are likely to have better luck in love, since they are supposed to be more sensitive.
  • The owners of these small felines have 17% more chances of being a graduate.
  • George is 25 percent more likely to be the favorite Beatle of cat owners.
  • The footprint of a cat is like that of a VW Bug, while a dog’s is more similar to a Hummer.
  • If a cat carried dead bird or mouse to your home, it may want to demonstrate your inferior hunting skills.
  • These small felines may not see too good during the day, but at night, they require one seventh of light than what humans require for seeing things.
  • The maximum number of kittens contained in one litter has been 19.
  • In the US, 88 % cats are neutered or sprayed.
  • Merely 24 percent of cats from animal shelters get adopted.
  • Cats are very soft.
  • They are cool, really.
  • Cats and humans have similar regions in brain for causing emotions.
  • The brain of a cat is more identical to humans, compared to that of dogs.
  • Humans possess 206 bones, but cats have 230. Some bones could blend together with the age of cats.
  • The number of vertebrae in case of cats is thirty during early stages of development, but humans possess 33, which comes to 26 ultimately after the fusion of some.
  • The collarbone of a cat is not connected to other bones. It is covered with muscles in the region of shoulder. That’s why a cat is able to wriggle through openings of the size of its head.
  • The number of skeletal muscles in cats is 500, compared to 650 of humans.
  • The outer ear of cats has 32 muscles, whereas humans have only six. A cat is able to independently turn its ears by 180°. It is able to turn to the way of sound ten times quicker, compared to any dog.
  • Cat’s sense of hearing is far more sensitive than dogs and humans.
  • Cats can hear up to 65 KHz, while humans can hear up to 20 KHz.
  • At night, a cat can see six times better, compared to humans, and requires 1/6 of the quantity of light that humans need.
  • Latest studies demonstrate that cats are able to see green and blue. It’s arguable if they can see red.
  • The cats’ range of vision is nearly 200°
  • Different from humans, cats are not required to blink frequently for keeping their eyes lubricated.
  • Chaste white cats with blue eyes are often deaf.
  • The eyes of kittens take 7 to 10 days for opening, though at times it may take just two days. Their sense of hearing develops in about two weeks.
  • Cats may be left pawed or right pawed.
  • A cat is unable to see things straight below its nose.
  • Nearly ten percent of its bones are housed in its tail, which it uses for maintaining its balance.
  • The only kind of cat capable of holding its tail vertical when walking is the domestic cat. You can judge your cat’s state of mind by watching the posture of its tail.
  • When getting frightened, the cat’s hair stands up quite evenly over its entire body. When it is prepared to attack, its hair stands up like a fine band along its tail and spine.
  • The cat possesses an unusual organ, found in the top of its mouth. It’s named as Jacobson’s organ, and it analyses smells. That is the reason for your cat to sneer at times when coming across strong odors.
  • The Siberian Tiger is the largest wildcat at present. Its length may exceed 12 feet and it can weigh as much as 700 pounds.
  • The Black-footed is the smallest wildcat of today. The length of the female cat, weighing as small as 2.5 lb, is just short of 20 inches.
  • It was customary for some Egyptians to worship the goddess Bast, having a woman’s body with a cat’s head.
  • In many parts of North America and Europe, a black cat is thought to bring bad luck, but in Australia and Britain, it is considered lucky.
  • The Persian cat is the most preferred breed of cats, the next two being the Main Coon and the Siamese.
  • Singapura is the shortest breed of cats, weighing only four pound. The biggest breed comes in the form of Maine Coon, weighing 25 lbs.
  • Several Siamese cats are cross-eyed to balance the unusual optic wiring. This is because most nerves from the left side of their brain reach the right eye and those from the right side of brain reach the left eye. This configuration causes a bit of double vision, which the cat tries to correct by crossing its eyes.
  • Researchers think that the word ‘tabby’ is derived from Attabiyah in the vicinity of Baghdad. Tabbies got so named because of their striped coats that looked like the famed wavy patterns on silks produced in that city.
  • Cats have extreme dislike for water, as their fur coats don’t resist water and make them wet. The only exceptional cat is the Turkish Van, which enjoys swimming as its coat is water-resistant.
  • Perhaps, the oldest known breed of cats is the Egyptian Mau.
  • The most expensive cat of all time is Little Nicky, for which the owner paid $50,000. It’s a clone of an older cat.
  • Normally a cat has about a dozen whiskers on either side of its face.
  • In certain ways, cats have better eyesight than humans. They are able to see even under far dimmer light, plus their peripheral view is wider. However, cats can’t see colors so well as humans. It is believed that grass appears red to cats.
  • Spanish-Jewish legends tell that Lilith, Adam’s first wife, became a black vampire cat that would suck blood from sleeping babies. This could explain the superstition that a cat would overcome a sleeping baby or suck out baby’s breath.
  • Probably the most renowned comic cat is Cheshire cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Its knack of disappearing symbolizes the sorcery and magic traditionally linked to cats.
  • The innovative Italian adaptation of Cinderella, the generous fairy godmother form was a cat.
  • As an average, cats spend 2/3 of their life sleeping, meaning a cat of nine years would have spent 6 years of her life sleeping.
  • Cats are not fond of sweets.
  • While chasing its prey, the cat’s head is leveled, whereas dogs and humans keep moving their head up and down.
  • Female cats are predisposed to be right pawed, but males are frequently left pawed.
  • A collection of cats is known as ‘clowder.’
  • ‘Bezoar’ is the scientific term for cats’ hairballs.
  • Cats can produce nearly hundred different sounds, while dogs can produce about ten.
  • A cat can’t come down a tree head first as claws on its paws are pointed in the same direction. It has to back down while coming down from a tree.
  • Biologically speaking, cat’s brain is more like human brain than that of a dog. Brains of cats and humans have the same regions that cause emotions.
  • 40 varieties of cats are known, and the worldwide population of domestic cats is 500 million.
  • Words connected with cat, like cath, chat, catt, and katze are derived from Latin word catus which means domestic cat and not wild.
  • Contrary to popular belief that cats were first domesticated by Egyptians, the oldest recognized pet feline was lately found in a 9,500-year-old grave in Cyprus, an island on the Mediterranean.
    During the middle ages, cats were linked to witchcraft. Throughout Europe, it was customary to stuff them in sacks and throw them into bonfires on St. John’s Day. People celebrated holy days by throwing the little felines down the church towers.
  • Cats got condemned as evil by Pope Innocent VIII during the Spanish Inquisition, when thousands of them were burnt. Regrettably, this extensive killing led to an outburst in the population of rats, which worsened the effects of the Black Death.
  • Cats make the most preferred pets in North America, with more than thirty percent households owning one. Its population of felines is 73 million against 63 million dogs.
  • Felicette (a.k.a. “Astrocat”) is the name of the first cat that was sent to outer space by France in 1963. Electrodes set in her brain, transmitted back to earth the neurological signals. She stayed alive at the end of the trip.
  • The word “puss” is the origin of the main word for “cat” in the Romanian term pisica and the source of derived words in Lithuanian (puz) and Low German puus. Several scholars hold the opinion that “puss” might be clichéd of the hissing sound made for getting the feline’s attention.