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20 Interesting Facts About Cats

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March 03, 2022 | 2 minutes read time

Cats are some of the most complex creatures on the planet. Their adorable features, playfulness and yes, even their unpredictable behaviour all make us love them more and quite hard to resist. If you adore your furry friends as much as we do, get to know them a little better with these 20 amazing – and surprising – facts about cats:

1. On average, cats live about 12-18 years, but the oldest cat in the world, Cream Puff, lived to be 38 

That’s equivalent to over 120 human years. Cream Puff lived with her owner in Austin, Texas before passing away in August of 2005.

2. In 1963, a cat travelled to space

As part of the French space programme, a stray Perisian cat named Félicette was launched into space.

3. Cats have dominant paws

Ever noticed which paw your cat uses to swat? Cats have dominant paws, and this relates directly to their gender. Female cats are significantly more likely to be right-pawed, while male cats will typically be dominant with their left.

4. Cats have the largest eyes compared to their head size of any other mammal

It’s no wonder we’re sucked in by those baby blue (or green or yellow) eyes. They really are something else. 

5. Cats will avoid food they dislike to the point of starvation

Seems a bit dramatic, right? Either way, it’s important to buy food that your cat enjoys. Then again, some cats can just be fussy.

6. If a cat’s tail is shaped like a question mark, it’s asking you a question

When we said cats are complex, we meant it. But this cat isn’t just asking you any question, they’re asking if you want to play. How cute is that?

7. You might find your cat more than 450 metres away from home

Though it depends on their gender, cats can roam anywhere from 200-500 metres away from home. Luckily, devices like the Curve GPS Pet Tracker pack can help you keep an eye on your cat.

8. Cats can’t taste sugar

Cats have a physiological requirement for a meat-based diet, so their taste receptors detect almost only meaty flavours, and therefore have no need to detect sweet flavours.

9. Most cats sleep between 12-16 hours per day

In their life, cats spend about 70% of their time asleep. Talk about living your best life.

10. Cats sleep on things that smell like their owners

Speaking of sleep… This is a cute one, isn’t it? This is why you might find your cat sleeping on your pillow or perhaps your dirty laundry.

11. Ever heard of a cat as mayor?

Yes, we had to read that twice too. Stubbs was a 20-year-old orange cat who acted as mayor of a district called Talkeetna, Alaska.

12. They walk the same way as camels and giraffes

Cats walk by moving both their right feet, then both their left. The only other animals to walk this way are camels and giraffes.

13. Catnip only affects about 50-75% of cats

Though some cats go nuts at the site or smell of catnip, there are some feline friends out there that don’t care much for the plant.

14. Cats are lactose intolerant

In order to digest lactose, their digestive system needs an enzyme called lactase. As a cat grows older, they produce less of this enzyme, causing an intolerance for lactose.

15. House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers

Behaviours like stalking prey, pouncing, scent and urine marking are all shared with their ancestors.

16. A cat’s purr vibrates at a very high frequency

Ranging between 25-150 hertz, which is equivalent to about 1,500-9,000 beats per minute. An average human heart rate is only about 75 beats per minute.

17. Cats can hear better than dogs

You know those dog whistles that produce a very high-pitched sound to attract dogs? Well, cats can hear an octave higher than dogs can.

18. The richest cat in the world is worth about £9.5 million

A British antiques dealer left his entire fortune to his cat when he passed in 1988. The inheritance was made out of spite and the money was eventually donated to charities. Poor kitty kitty.

19. Most languages across the world use similar words to describe the sound “meow”.

In French, it’s miaou. In Mandarin Chinese, it’s miāo. In Dutch, it’s miauw. You get the point. And every type of meow your cat makes means something different because, you guessed it, your cat is trying to communicate with you.

20. Cats have dreams too

To end on the sweetest note, cats dream the same way humans do. So, no, you’re not weird for wishing your fluff sweet dreams.

 

 

 

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