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60 curiosities about cats


I know it may sound biased, but I must say that we cats are intelligent, very loving animals; in one word: unique. I leave here some curiosities unraveled, so that they know us even better.

  1. On average a cat spends 2/3 of the day sleeping. This means that in 9 years of life, only 3 years is awake.
  2. Cats do not taste the candy.
  3. When a cat chases prey, unlike a dog or human, it always keeps its head down.
  4. The hairballs we throw up are called egagropils.
  5. Cats tend to be right-handed, while cats tend to be mostly left-handed.
  6. A cat makes about 100 different sounds, while a dog makes about 10.
  7. A cat's brain is biologically more similar to a human's brain than a dog's brain. Both humans and cats have an identical brain region responsible for emotions.
  8. There are over 500 million domestic cats in the world, and approximately 40 recognized breeds.
  9. The oldest domestic cat was found in a grave in Cyprus over 9000 years old.
  10. According to a Hebrew legend, Noah prayed to God to help him protect the food of rats in the ark. God made a Lion sneeze, and from that sneeze was born the cat.
  11. A cat's hearing is better than a dog's. A cat can hear high frequency sounds, about 2 octaves above any human.
  12. A cat can run at 49 km per hour over short distances.
  13. A cat jumps 5 times its height in a single jump.
  14. Some cats have survived 20m drops due to the righting reflex. Its eyes, organs and inner ear tell the cat where it is in space so that it can land on its feet. Even cats without a tail have this ability.
  15. A cat rubs against a human not only to show affection but also to mark its territory because of the scent that the glands around its face release. The tail and paws also have the same odor as the cat.
  16. Scientists are unsure why a cat purrs. Many vets believe that a cat purrs by making its vocal chords vibrate in the deepest part of its throat. For this to be possible, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the airway 25 times per second.
  17. In ancient Egypt, when a cat died, the family showed their sadness by shaving their eyebrows.
  18. Each cat, on average, gives birth to between 1 and 9 cats at a time. The largest litter to date was 19 kittens, but only 15 survived.
  19. Currently, the largest wild feline is the Siberian Tiger, which is over 3.6 meters long and weighs over 300 kg.
  20. In Australia and the United Kingdom, black cats are a sign of good luck.
  21. The most popular breed of cat is the Persian, followed by the Maine Coon and Siamese.
  22. The smallest breed of cats is Singapore, which weighs about 1.8 kg.
  23. The largest breed of cat is the Maine Coon, where a cat can weigh about 12 kg.
  24. Some Siamese cats appear to be strabic due to the nerves that are located on the right side of the brain that go mostly to your right eye, and the nerves on the right side of your brain to the left eye. This causes a double vision, which the cat tries to correct by crossing the vision.
  25. Cats usually do not like water because their fur does not insulate heat well when it is wet. However, the Van Turco breed, a variation of Central Asian Angora, has a unique textured fur that makes it water resistant.
  26. A cat usually has 12 mustaches on each side of the face.
  27. A cat's vision is better and worse than a human's: it is better because cats can see more in more diffuse environments, and have superior spherical vision. It's worse because they can't see color as well as humans. Scientists believe cats see the herb in red.
  28. The small tufts of hair in a cat's ears keep dirt out, direct sounds at the ear, and isolate the ears.
  29. The ability for a cat to find its home is called "psi-trip". Experts believe that cats use the angle of sunlight to find their way, or that there are magnetic cells in their brain that act as a compass.
  30. A cat's jaw moves both ways so that a cat can chew larger pieces of food.
  31. A cat almost never meows to another cat, only humans. Cats just spit, purr and hiss at other cats.
  32. The backs of cats are extremely flexible because they have more than 53 vertebrae, whereas humans only have 34.
  33. About 1 in 3 cat owners believe their cat can read your mind.
  34. The passion for cats is called ailurophilia, which comes from the Greek (cat + passion).
  35. In Japan, cats are believed to have the power to become higher spirits when they die.
  36. Most cats were shorthaired until about 100 years ago, when it became fashionable to have cats and try to breed cat breeds.
  37. Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear, while humans have only 6.
  38. A cat can rotate its ear 180 degrees.
  39. The reason kittens sleep more is because of growth hormone, which is only activated during sleep.
  40. The heaviest registered cat was Himmy, it was a tabby cat from Queensland,
    Australia and weighed 21 kg.
  41. A cat has about 130,000 hairs per cm2.
  42. A cat can live up to 20 years on average, which is about 100 human years.
  43. The longest-lived cat to date has been Crème Puff of Austin, Texas, who died 3 days after his 38th birthday.
  44. The first comic book of a cat appeared in 1919 and was called Felix the Cat.
  45. A cat's normal temperature is around 38º and 39º C. A cat is sick if the temperature is below 37º and above 39º C.
  46. A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human only has 206.
  47. A cat has no collarbones, so it can pass anywhere its head passes too.
  48. The pattern of a cat's nose is as unique as a human's fingerprint.
  49. Some foods that should never be given to a cat are: onion, garlic, green tomatoes, raw potatoes, chocolate, grapes and raisins. Although milk is non-toxic, it can cause stomach irritation, gas and diarrhea.
  50. Medicines such as acetaminophen and aspirin are extremely toxic to cats, as are most home-grown plants.
  51. Giving a cat human or dog food can cause malnutrition and cause disease.
  52. A feline heart beats almost 2 times faster than a human's: about 110 to 140 beats per minute.
  53. Cats do not have sweat glands in their body like humans do. Instead, they sweat on their paws.
  54. In just 7 years, a pair of cats and their young can give birth to over 420,000 kittens.
  55. A cat spends about 1/3 of its day cleaning itself.
  56. An adult cat has 30 teeth. A baby kitten has only 26 temporary teeth, which it loses up to 6 months old.
  57. Cats are extremely sensitive to vibrations. A cat detects an earthquake about 10 to 15 minutes before a human.
  58. In the 1930s, Russian biologist scientists discovered that the color of Siamese kittens changed depending on their body temperature. Siamese cats have the albinism genes, which are activated only when their body temperature is above 36.6 ° C. If these kittens are warmer, they will turn a whitish color.
  59. The richest cat in the world is called Blackie, which was left 15 000 000 by its owner Ben Rea.
  60. All cats have nails. A cat's hind paws are not as sharp as the front paws, because the hind paws are not retractable, so they wear out more.

Source: ronronar.com