Cat Trivia

 

  • It has been scientifically proven that owning cats is good for our health and can decrease the occurrence of high blood pressure and other illnesses.

  • Stroking a cat can help to relieve stress, and the feel of a purring cat on your lap conveys a strong sense of security and comfort.

  • The ancient Egyptians were the first civilisation to realise the cat's potential as a vermin hunter and tamed cats to protect the corn supplies on which their lives depended.

  • Sir Isaac Newton is not only credited with the laws of gravity but is also credited with inventing the cat flap.

  • A cat has more bones than a human being; humans have 206 and the cat has 230 bones.

  • A cat's hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs.

  • The cat's tail is used to maintain balance. 

  • Cats see six times better in the dark and at night than humans.

  • Cats eat grass to aid their digestion and to help them get rid of any fur in their stomachs.

  • A healthy cat has a temperature between 38 and 39 degrees Celcius.

  • Cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.

  • The female cat reaches sexual maturity at around 6 to 10 months and the male cat between 9 and 12 months.

  • A female cat will be pregnant for approximately 9 weeks or between 62 and 65 days from conception to delivery. 

  • The average litter of kittens is between 2 - 6 kittens.

  • Ailurophile is the word cat lovers are officially called.

  • Purring does not always indicate that a cat is happy. Cats will also purr loudly when they are distressed or in pain.

  • All cats need taurine in their diet to avoid blindness. Cats must also have fat in their diet as they are unable to produce it on their own.

  • In households in the UK and USA, there are more cats kept as pets than dogs. At least 35% of households with cats have 2 or more cats.

  • When a cats rubs up against you, the cat is marking you with it's scent claiming ownership.

  • About 37% of American homes today have at least 1 cat.

  • Milk can give some cats diarrhea.

  • The average lifespan of an outdoor-only cat is about 3 to 5 years while an indoor-only cat can live 16 years or much longer.

  • On average, a cat will sleep for 16 hours a day.

  • A domestic cat can run at speeds of 30 mph.

  • The life expectancy of cats has nearly doubled over the last fifty years.

  • Blue-eyed, white cats are often prone to deafness.

  • The cat's front paw has 5 toes and the back paws have 4. Cats born with 6 or 7 front toes and extra back toes are called polydactl.

  • An adult cat has 30 teeth, 16 on the top and 14 on the bottom.

  • There are approximately 60,000 hairs per square inch on the back of a cat and about 120,000 per square inch on its underside.

  • Cats and kittens should be acquired in pairs whenever possible as cat families interact best in pairs

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