Top 50 Cat Facts

top 50 cat facts


  • 1 #DidYouKnow? CATS that are pets are quite small in comparison to the biggest wild cat, the Siberian Tiger who is more than 3.6 m long.
  • 2 #DidYouKnow? CATS are wide spread and there are more than 500 million domesticated cats in the world.
  • 3 #DidYouKnow? CATS noses are ridged with a unique pattern, which is just like a fingerprint of a human.
  • 4 #DidYouKnow? CATS can be fairly small, with the smallest being the Black-Footed Cat and is less than 50 cm long and weigh 1.2 kg.
  • 5 #DidYouKnow? CATS can fall from heights and the largest recorded fall was ‘Andy’ who feel 60 meters and still survived.
  • 6 #DidYouKnow? CATS have not undergone major changes to turn them into domesticated pets, where dogs have.
  • 7 #DidYouKnow? CATS have a jaw that can’t move sideways, which is why a cat cannot chew large chunks of food properly.
  • 8 #DidYouKnow? CATS when babies (kittens) have a stomach that is the size of a walnut.
  • 9 #DidYouKnow? CATS give birth to a litter of between 1 – 9 kittens and the largest on record was 19 kittens.
  • 10 #DidYouKnow? CATS and humans have identical regions of their brains that is responsible for emotions. Cats have feelings too!
  • 11 #DidYouKnow? CATS have got 230 bones in their body, where humans only have 206. They don’t have a collarbone, which provides agility.
  • 12 #DidYouKnow? CATS have the ability to always find their way home and this is called ‘psi-traveling’ and is based on the sunlight.
  • 13 #DidYouKnow? CATS have been known to survive a fall of over 20 meters, which is a result of their ‘righting reflex’.
  • 14 #DidYouKnow? CATS can actually have more than one father, which is why some litters have got odd looking kittens.
  • 15 #DidYouKnow? CATS keep their head level as they chase and hunt down prey, where humans and dogs bob their heads up and down.
  • 16 #DidYouKnow? CATS use the length of their whiskers to judge whether the rest of their body will fit through a gap, hole or tight space.
  • 17 #DidYouKnow? CATS that are fully grown have 30 teeth and kittens have 26 temporary teeth (which they loose after 6 months)
  • 18 #DidYouKnow? CATS that have been neutered can have an increased life expectancy of 2 – 3 more years.
  • 19 #DidYouKnow? CATS do not have sweet tooth, so they don’t like sweets and it’s believed to be because of a mutation in their taste buds.
  • 20 #DidYouKnow? CATS that gather in a group are called a ‘clowder’.
  • 21 #DidYouKnow? CATS in Hebrew legend were created by Noah asking God to protect the rats and then they were created from a Lion’s sneeze.
  • 22 #DidYouKnow? CATS generally won’t ever meow at another cat and will only meow humans. They hiss, spit and purr at other cats.
  • 23 #DidYouKnow? CATS that are domesticated pets spend 10,950 hours of their life purring.
  • 24 #DidYouKnow? CATS generally speaking do not have any eyelashes to keep dust out.
  • 25 #DidYouKnow? CATS that are the colour of calico are almost always female.
  • 26 #DidYouKnow? CATS cannot climb head first down a tree because of the way its claws are curved.
  • 27 #DidYouKnow? CATS have a 220° field of vision where humans only have 180°.
  • 28 #DidYouKnow? CATS that are female tend to be right pawed, while male cats are generally left pawed.
  • 29 #DidYouKnow? CATS rub against people to mark their territory and to show affection.
  • 30 #DidYouKnow? CATS spend almost 1/3 of their lives cleaning themselves. (Almost their whole life is sleeping and cleaning)
  • 31 #DidYouKnow? CATS have an extremely flexible back which is created by 53 loosely fitted vertebrae, humans only happen to have 34.
  • 32 #DidYouKnow? CATS can make up to 100 different sounds, where dogs only make about 10.
  • 33 #DidYouKnow? CATS have been cloned in the world and Little Nicky was a clone, which cost his owner $50,000 to do so.
  • 34 #DidYouKnow? CATS are fortunate to have about 20,155 hairs per square centimeter.
  • 35 #DidYouKnow? CATS are sensitive to vibrations and are said to be able to detect earthquakes 10 – 15 minutes before humans can.
  • 36 #DidYouKnow? CATS clean themselves, which cause hairballs and the technical term for the balls is called ‘bezoar’.
  • 37 #DidYouKnow? CATS that are in a pair have the ability to produce a staggering total of 420,000 kittens within just 7 years (unlikely)
  • 38 #DidYouKnow? CATS are lovable but the fear of cats is called ‘Ailurophobia’.
  • 39 #DidYouKnow? CATS heart beat is nearly twice as fast as a humans, being up to 140 beats per minute.
  • 40 #DidYouKnow? CATS have so many breeds but the most popular is the Persian cat, then Main Coon and the Siamese cat.
  • 41 #DidYouKnow? CATS usually have about 12 whiskers on each side of their face, which is used to judge the width of gaps.
  • 42 #DidYouKnow? CATS on average, spend almost 70% of their day sleeping. Which means a 9 year old cat has only been awake for 3 years.
  • 43 #DidYouKnow? CATS generally aren’t fat but the heaviest cat on record was from Queensland and weighed nearly 21 kg.
  • 44 #DidYouKnow? CATS have already been sent into space with the first cat being French, called Felicette and was sent in 1963 (survived too)
  • 45 #DidYouKnow? CATS have a brain biology that is quite similar to the human brain.
  • 46 #DidYouKnow? CATS hate being put into water because their fur cannot insulate themselves properly when it gets wet.
  • 47 #DidYouKnow? CATS urine really does glow in the dark when you shine a black light onto it (if you have the time or curiosity to do so)
  • 48 #DidYouKnow? CATS can jump up to 5 times higher than that of its own head, in a single bound.
  • 49 #DidYouKnow? CATS actually have better hearing than dogs and can hear high-frequency sounds.
  • 50 #DidYouKnow? CATS can travel at a top speed of up to 49 km per hour over a short distance.
  • 51 #DidYouKnow? CATS have the largest eyes on Earth when compared to any other mammal.
  • 52 #DidYouKnow? CATS that are the colour of ginger are almost always male.

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