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Interesting Facts About Cats – Physical Characteristics and Behavior


A cat can live 20 or more years.

Puss, the oldest cat on record died in 1939 – one day after his 36th birthday.

The average age for an outdoor cat is 3 – 5 years, while the average age for an indoor cat is 15 years.

The cat was domesticated over 4,000 years ago.

The average house cat spends about 10,960 hours purring in a lifetime.

When compared to dogs and humans, the brain of a cat is more similar to our brain.

A house cat spends about 70% of its time sleeping.

Cats spend about 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.

Kittens begin dreaming when they are over one week old.

Cats rarely meow at other cats.

Cats are more active during the evening hours.

Interesting Facts About Cats – Physical Characteristics and Behavior

Most cats have no eyelashes.

At night, cats see about 6 times better than we do.

Cats have the largest eyes (when compared to all mammals) in relation to body size.

A cat cannot see directly under its nose.

Cats dont see color as well as we human do, scientists believe that grass appears red to cats.

Cats get acne.

Cat’s urine glows under a black light.

Interesting Facts About Cats – Physical Characteristics and Behavior

Cats usually like their food at room temperature, they refuse any food that is too hot or too cold.

The heart beats of a cat is twice as fast as a human heart.

The heaviest cat ever recorded was 46 lbs.

Cats have only 473 tastebuds (we as humans have 9,000), therefore these animals have a weak sense of taste.

Chocolate and tylenol are both poisonous to cats.

Kitten teeth are sharper than adult cat teeth. Kittens have about 26 temporary teeth, grown cats have 30 teeth.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

Interesting Facts About Cats – Physical Characteristics and Behavior

White cats with blue eyes are usually deaf.

Cats can see up to 120 feet away.

A cat’s jaw cant move sideways.

Cats have four toes on each back paw but five toes on each front paw.

When cat jumps, its footpads absorb the shock of landing.

Cats are perhaps the only animal that walk on their claws.

The claws on the cat’s front paws are sharper than the back.

Cats knead with their paw when they are happy.

Cats always land on their feet.

Calico cats are almost always female.

Cats have better memories than dogs.

If your cat is frightened, you can calm it by letting the animal bury his head in your armpit. You can also place your hand over the cat’s forehead and eyes.

Ailurophilia is the ‘love of cats’.

Abraham Lincoln loved cats.

According to the study, stroking your cat can lower your blood pressure.

In ancient Rome, cat was the symbol of liberty.

Tabitha, Tigger, Fluffy Patches, Muffin, Misty, Missy, Pumpkin and Samantha are the most popular names for female cats in US.

Interesting Facts About Cats – Physical Characteristics and Behavior

Approximately 1/3 of cat owners believe that their pets can read their mind.

Although black cat is considered a sign of bad luck in many parts of Europe and North America, black cat is considered lucky in Australia and Britain.

The costliest cat known is named Little Nicky (it cost its owner $50,000). The cat is a clone of an older cat.

Isaac Newton invented the cat flap. He was experimenting in a pitch-black room. One of his cat named Spithead kept opening the door and wrecking his experiment. His invention kept both Spithead and Newton happy.

In Holland’s embassy in Moscow, Russia, some of the staff noticed that their two Siamese cats kept clawing and meowing at the walls of the building. After careful investigation, microphones were discovered, hidden by Russian spies.

Interesting Facts About Cats – Physical Characteristics and Behavior
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