In this article, we are going to have a look at the 20 most interesting facts about cats. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them.
There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with approximately 40 recognized cat breeds. In the United States of America, cats are ranked as the second most popular pets. It is very surprising that cats outnumbered dogs in the United States because they are compact; this means a household can have more than one cat.
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If we look at the top three most loved pets in the United States, cats are the second most loved pets. Here are the stats:
- 171.7 million freshwater fish
- 94 million cats
- 75.9 million dogs
20 Most Interesting Facts About Cats
1. Cats are the most popular pet in the USA
Cats are the most popular pet in the United States of America. There are 94.2 million pet cats while 89.7 million dogs.
2. Male & Female cats
Most female cats are right-pawed while most male cats are left-pawed.
3. Toms & Molly
Male cats are called “toms” while female cats are called “molly” or “queen”.
4. Cats have more bones than a Human
A cat has 244 bones while a human only has 206 bones.
5. Cats can survive falls from great heights
Cats can survive falls from great heights. According to Science Insider, there are cats who have survived falls from over 320 meters (32 stories) onto a concrete floor.
6. A cat cannot see directly under its nose
Cats cannot see objects right in front of them or under their nose or chins.
7. Cats Love Sleeping
A cat spends nearly two-thirds of its life asleep.
8. Largest Cat
The largest cat in the world is measured 48.5 inches long.
9. Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees
Cats have a whopping 32 muscles in both of their outer ears. These muscles give them control to rotate their ears an impressive 180 degrees. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most interesting facts about Cats.
10. Hearing is five-times keener than Human
The hearing of a cat is at least five times keener than that of a human adult.
11. Maine Coon cats are born with six toes
Some of The Polydactyl Maine Coons, also known as Hemingway cats are born with six toes.
12. Cats make more than 100 sounds
Cats make more than 100 sounds whereas dogs make around 10.
13. Black Cats – Auspicious or Bad Omen
In the U.S., black cats are considered to be a bad omen while they’re perceived as auspicious in Great Britain and Japan. In the English Midlands, black cats are given to the new brides to bless their marriage.
14. Cats can jump up to five times its height
Cats can jump up to five times their height, or six times their length.
15. Sphinx cats don’t have fur coats
Sphinx cats don’t have fur coats, but their body temperature is still four degrees warmer than a typical feline.
16. Cats sweat through their paws
Cats sweat through their paws and sometimes while they panting if they feel very hot.
17. Some of the Leaders, Dictators and Statesman hatted cats
Caesar, Genghis Khan, Hitler and Napoleon are all said to have hated cats.
18. Cats can drink seawater
Cats have kidneys that can filter out salt and use water to hydrate their bodies.
19. Cats can’t taste sweet things
In 2005, scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, discovered that due to a genetic deficiency, the sugar detectors are not there in cats that help them taste sweet things.
20. Cats have three eyelids
Just like dogs, cats have three eyelids called a “haw”. It’s generally only visible when they’re unwell.
I hope you enjoyed reading these 20 most interesting facts about cats. How many of these facts did you already know? Mention in the comment section below.