31 Odd Facts About Cats You Should Know

31 Odd Facts About Cats You Should Know –


  • A cat’s claws are sharper in the front than in the back.
  • A female cat is called a queen or a molly.
  • The most traveled cat is named Hamlet, a cat who escaped his carrier mid flight. Hamlet hid for seven weeks behind an airplane panel. By the time he was found, he had traveled almost 373,000 miles.
  • The richest cat in the world is Blackie. He’s a cat who was left £15 million by his owner, Ben Rea.
  • Because cats are so sensitive to vibrations, they can detect an earthquake and its tremors 10-15 minutes before humans can.
  • Cats spend nearly a quarter of their life licking themselves. This species likes to be clean.
  • Cats don’t have sweat glands in their whole bodies. They only sweat through their paws.
  • Contrary to popular belief, cats should not have milk. Although it’s not toxic to them, it can cause an upset stomach and gas.
  • Adult cats have 30 teeth.
  • A cat’s heart beats faster than a human heart. The average cat heart beats 110 to 140 beats a minute.
  • A 2007 poll said that both men and women were equally likely to own a cat.
  • Cat’s like people food but there are things they shouldn’t eat. For cats, no onions, garlic, green tomatoes, raw potatoes, chocolate, grapes, or raisins.
  • If they have enough water to drink, cats can withstand temperatures of up to133°F.
  • A cat’s nose has a ridged pattern that is unique, just like a human’s fingerprint.
  • A cat’s jaw can’t move sideways, so it can’t chew large pieces of food.
  • Technically, a cat’s hairball is called a “bezoar.”
  • Every year almost 4 million cats are eaten in Asia.
  • A cat has 230 bones in its body, but no collarbone. Because of this, a cat can fit through any opening the size of its head.
  • The tiniest cat recorded is named Mr. Pebbles. When he was 2 years old, he weighed only 3 pounds and was 6.1 inches tall.
  • Cats have 130,000 hairs per square inch.
  • A cat lover is known as an Ailurophilia (Greek: cat+lover).
  • A cat cannot climb down a tree because all of its claws face the same way. If a cat is up a tree, it must back down.
  • Cats don’t meow at each other, just at humans. If cats do “talk” to each other, they spit, purr, and hiss at other cats.
  • In the Italian version of Cinderella, the fairy godmother figure was a cat.
  • A cat has 12 whiskers on each side of its face.
  • A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single jump.
  • Most cats litter is between one and nine kittens. The largest known kitten litter ever produced was 19 kittens, of which 15 of the kittens survived.
  • A cat can sprint up to 31 mph.
  • About 40,000 people are bitten by cats yearly in the US.
  • A cat makes about 100 different sounds whereas dogs only make about 10.
  • A group of cats is known as a “clowder.”

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