marina-khrapova-670759-unsplashWe thought we would trot out some fun feline facts to start off your weekend with a few smiles – whether you have a kindle or a clowder. (Hint – a kindle is not related to Amazon…)

Did you know…

  1. In many parts of the world, black cats are considered to be good luck!
  2. Moggy is the British slang term for a domestic cat that does not have a pedigree.
  3. Cats sleep for about 2/3 of their lives. When your cat is 12 years old, it will have been awake for only 4 years of its life!
  4. Cats today live about twice as long as they did 50 years ago.
  5. Cats have 4 rows of whiskers. They can move the top 2 rows independently of the bottom 2 rows.
  6.  Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat flap because his cat, Spithead, kept pushing the door open when he was conducting experiments that needed darkness.
  7. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds.
  8. The cheetah is the only cat that doesn’t sheathe its claws while at rest.
  9. Most kittens are born with blue eyes.
  10. Cats can be left-pawed or right-pawed (or both).
  11. Domestic cats can sprint at speeds of about 30 mph over short distances.
  12. Bad luck? Black cats are considered good luck in many places around the world.
  13. Pure-white cats with blue eyes are often deaf.
  14. Kitty litter was invented in 1947 by Ed Lowe.
  15. Cats have 32 muscles to control their ears, allowing them to turn a full 180-degrees.
  16. Cats can jump up to 5 times their own height.
  17. Cats can’t climb down head-first. They must jump or back down.
  18. The cat “righting reflex” doesn’t come from the tail – it comes from the eyes and the inner ears.
  19. Cats are the only known mammal that can’t taste sweet.
  20. Cats have 4 rows of whiskers. They can move the top 2 rows independently of the bottom 2 rows.
  21. When a cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would shave their eyebrows in mourning.
  22. The most popular pedigreed cat breeds in the USA are 1. Persian, 2. Maine Coon, and 3. Exotic Shorthair.
  23. Cats today live about twice as long as they did 50 years ago.
  24. Cats have between 30 and 50 million hairs on their bodies.
  25. A group of kittens is called a “kindle.”
  26. Compared to the size of their heads, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.
  27. Cats can be trained to do a variety of tricks – it just takes a bit of patience and creativity.
  28. Napolean is rumored to have had ailurophobia – that is, he was scared of cats.
  29. Cats can see with only one sixth the amount of light needed by humans.
  30. Cats spend about half of their waking hours grooming.
  31. A cat’s nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint.
  32. Domestic cats arrived in North America with the pilgrims.
  33. When cats scratch things, they deposit a scent that other cats can detect.
  34. Many ships in WWI and II had cats aboard – some even had their own hammocks.
  35. Cats can hear ultrasonic sounds that rodents make to communicate.
  36. A cat has over 200 million scent receptors in its nasal cavity.
  37. Cats purr at a frequency of 20-30 vibrations per second – about the same as a diesel engine!
  38. For the past 18 years, the mayor of a town in Alaska has been a cat named Stubbs.
  39. A group of cats is called a “clowder.”
  40. Cats sleep for about 2/3 of their lives. So when your cat is 12 years old, it will only have spent 4 years of its life awake.
  41. Cats have contributed to the extinction of more than 33 bird species worldwide.
  42. Cats have been around since the ancient Egyptians, but the Sphynx cat is a relatively young breed. The first Sphynx was born in 1955 in Toronto, Canada.

Want to read fun facts for dogs? See our related story – 30 Fun Dog Facts
FCVC hopes you enjoyed these fun facts about cats. If you have other fun facts let us know! We will collect and share them. If you have serious questions about your feline friends that you need answers for, give us a call at 970-587-5140.
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Attribution: From our friends at Lifelearn.com
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