Please, write in a comment how many of these 30 facts you were NOT aware of after reading the list!
Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees and every cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A cat is not able to see directly under its nose which is why it often struggles to find a food tidbit on the floor right under its nose!
Most cats do not eyelashes.
Most cats has five toes on the front feet and four on the back feet. Cats born with six or seven front toes and extra back toes are what we call … polydactl.
Unlike dogs, cats cannot taste the sweetness of foods. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in one of the key taste receptor.
Cats cannot climb down trees headfirst because all of their claws point in the same direction. Therefore they must back down.
A cat can make just about 100 different sounds, while a dog makes only about 10. Cats meow as a means of communicating with humans and almost never meow at other cats. Cats will typically spit, purr, and hiss at other kitties.
All cats have claws and can sheath them when resting, with the exception of the cheetah, which is unable to retract his claws.
Cats are North America’s most popular pet, with 73 million cats, compared to 63 million dogs. More than 30 percent of households in North America have at least one cat.
In America, it is superstition that black cats bring bad luck, but in Asia and England black cats are considered to be very lucky.
A cat traditionally has 12 whiskers on each side of its face. A cat’s tail is used mainly to maintain balance.
A cat’s urine will glow under a black light.
Cats can see six times better in the dark than humans can.
An average cat will sleep approximately 16 hours each day (wouldn’t that be nice!). Cats will spend 1/3 of their lives grooming themselves.
Milk can cause digestive upset and may give cats diarrhea. Tylenol and aspirin are poisonous to cats. Foods which should never be given to cats include onions, garlic, green tomatoes, raw potatoes, chocolate, grapes and raisins. Feeding cats dog food or canned tuna that is for human consumption may result in malnutrition in cats.
A cat cannot move its jaw sideways, so it is not able to chew large chunks of food.
Cats must have fat in their diets because they are not able to produce it on their own.
A cat’s heart beats nearly twice as fast as the human heart.
In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime which was punishable by death. When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, the family members would signify mourning by shaving their eyebrows off.
Abraham Lincoln adored cats, while Napoleon was terrified of cats.
Purring does not always represent contentment and happiness. It can also mean your cat is in terrible pain. Kittens purr to their mother to communicate that they are indeed getting enough milk while nursing.
There is a form of AIDS which exists in cats.
The smallest cat breed is a Singapura, while the largest is the Maine Coon.
Cats hate the water for a reason … their fur does not insulate well when it is wet. The Turkish Van, however, has a coat with a unique texture which makes it water resistant.
A cat’s back is extremely flexible because it has up to 53 loosely fitting vertebrae, while humans have only 34.
A group of cats is what we call a clowder. A person who loves cats is called an Ailurophilia.
Some cats have survived falls of more than 65 feet because of their reflex to right themselves. The eyes and balance organs in the inner ear tell where it is in space so the cat may turn itself in mid-air and land on its feet. Even cats without a tail have this remarkable ability.
A cat rubs against a person to show affection, yes, but it’s also marking its scent on the human to show ownership of the said human..
ea Approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. are bitten by cats each year.
A cats has a homing ability by using its biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the earth’s magnetic field.