Facts About Cats


Facts About Cats

03 April 2014

On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life

The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar

A group of cats is called a “clowder

A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down

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

A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions

A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human

A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance

A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound

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

While many parts of Europe and North America consider the black cat a sign of bad luck, in Britain and Australia, black cats are considered lucky

The most popular pedigreed cat is the Persian cat, followed by the Main Coon cat and the Siamese cat

The smallest pedigreed cat is a Singapura, which can weigh just 4 lbs, or about five large cans of cat food. The largest pedigreed cats are Maine Coon cats, which can weigh 25 lbs, or nearly twice as much as an average cat weighs

The costliest cat ever is named Little Nicky, who cost his owner $50,000. He is a clone of an older cat

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 colour as well as humans do. Scientists believe grass appears red to cats

The little tufts of hair in a cat’s ear that help keep out dirt direct sounds into the ear, and insulate the ears are called “ear furnishings

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

A cat almost never meows at another cat, mostly just humans. Cats typically will spit, purr, and hiss at other cats

A cat’s back is extremely flexible because it has up to 53 loosely fitting vertebrae. Humans only have 34

A cat lover is called an Ailurophilia (Greek: cat+lover)