38+ Fun Facts About Cats You Probably Didn’t Know.

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1. The average cat sleeps 16-18 hours per day.

2. Most cats are lactose intolerant and should not be given cow’s milk.

3. A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

4. Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs can make only about 10.

5. When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

6. During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. Unfortunately, the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, which excalated the effects of the Black Death.

7. Cats knead with their paws when they are happy.

8. An adult cat has 30 adult teeth.

9. Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour.

10. A cat can jump approximately seven times its height.

11. A cat’s sense of smell is approximately 14 times greater than that of a human.

12. Cats have sandpaper-like tongues that they use to groom themselves

13. A cat’s whiskers aren’t just for fancy – they help cats detect objects and help them navigate in the dark.

14. The first cartoon cat was Felix the Cat in 1919. In 1940, Tom and Jerry starred in the first theatrical cartoon “Puss Gets the Boot.” In 1981 Andrew Lloyd Weber created the musical Cats, based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

15. A cat rubs against people not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory with scent glands around its face. The tail area and paws also carry the cat’s scent.

16. In 1888, more than 300,000 mummified cats were found an Egyptian cemetery. They were stripped of their wrappings and carted off to be used by farmers in England and the U.S. for fertilizer.

17. The ability of a cat to find its way home is called “psi-traveling.” Experts think cats either use the angle of the sunlight to find their way or that cats have magnetized cells in their brains that act as compasses.

18. The biggest wildcat today is the Siberian Tiger. It can be more than 12 feet (3.6 m) long (about the size of a small car) and weigh up to 700 pounds (317 kg).

19. The cat who holds the record for the longest non-fatal fall is Andy. He fell from the 16th floor of an apartment building (about 200 ft/.06 km) and survived.

20. The cat who holds the record for the longest non-fatal fall is Andy. He fell from the 16th floor of an apartment building (about 200 ft/.06 km) and survived.

21. A female cat is called a queen or a molly.

22. Cats spend nearly 1/3 of their waking hours cleaning themselves.

23. A cat’s heart beats nearly twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats a minute

24. The first cartoon cat was Felix the Cat in 1919. In 1940, Tom and Jerry starred in the first theatrical cartoon “Puss Gets the Boot.” In 1981 Andrew Lloyd Weber created the musical Cats, based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

25. One reason that kittens sleep so much is because a growth hormone is released only during sleep.

26. In Japan, cats are thought to have the power to turn into super spirits when they die. This may be because according to the Buddhist religion, the body of the cat is the temporary resting place of very spiritual people.

27. Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male

28. A cat’s jaw can’t move sideways, so a cat can’t chew large chunks of food

29. Isaac Newton invented the cat flap. Newton was experimenting in a pitch-black room. Spithead, one of his cats, kept opening the door and wrecking his experiment. The cat flap kept both Newton and Spithead happy.

30. The ability of a cat to find its way home is called “psi-traveling.” Experts think cats either use the angle of the sunlight to find their way or that cats have magnetized cells in their brains that act as compasses.

31. Unlike humans, cats only sweat through their paws. This is why you may see them leave moist paw prints in the summer time!

32. Most cats give birth to a litter of between one and nine kittens. The largest known litter ever produced was 19 kittens, of which 15 survived.

33. A cat’s eyesight is both better and worse than humans. It is better because cats can see in much dimmer light and they have a wider peripheral view. It’s worse because they don’t see color as well as humans do. Scientists believe grass appears red to cats.

34. Cats hate water because their fur does not insulate well when it’s wet. The Turkish Van, however, is one cat that likes swimming. Bred in central Asia, its coat has a unique texture that makes it water resistant

35. A cat’s nose pad is ridged with a unique pattern, just like the fingerprint of a human.

36 The richest cat is Blackie who was left £15 million by his owner, Ben Rea.

37. When a cat slowly closes it eyes, then opens them again and winks at you, it means they like and trust you.

38. The Guinness Book of World Records stopped awarding the fattest cats, because it encouraged deliberate overfeeding by cat owners

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