September 3, 2020

30 Cat Facts for Happy Healthy Cat Month

Did you know that there are over 500 million domestic cats in the world?

For such a popular pet, there sure is a lot we don’t know about our feline friends! Check out the facts below to learn more about cats in honor of Happy Healthy Cat Month (September).

  1. Cat and humans have been together for over 10,000 years.
  2. The heaviest cat on record weighed over 46 lbs!
  3. Cats have powerful night vision, allowing them to see at light levels six times lower than what a human needs in order to see.
  4. A group of cats is called a clowder.
  5. A litter of kittens is called a kindle.
  6. Cats spend 30-50% of their awake hours grooming themselves.
  7. A cat’s nose has catnip receptors.
  8. A cat named Blackie inherited his owner’s $13 million estate, which was given to three cat charities.
  9. Abraham Lincoln loved cats!
  10. A cat lover is called an ailurophile.
  11. The first cat went to space in 1963.
  12. The world’s oldest living cat is 31 years old.
  13. The average cat can run up to 30 mph.
  14. Ancient Egyptians loved cats so much they worshiped a half-feline goddess named Bastet.
  15. In Great Britain and Japan, black cats are a sign of good luck.
  16. Cats can’t taste sweets.
  17. The world’s first major cat show was held at London’s Crystal Palace in July 1871. 
  18. Some cats are born with six toes.
  19. Cats have 244 bones in their bodies, where humans only have 206.
  20. Cats can sweat through their paws.
  21. Around 200 cats live in Disneyland’s park and help keep control of the rodent population.
  22. There are more pet cats in the US than pet dogs.
  23. Cats can jump up to five times their own height.
  24. Adult cats have 30 teeth.
  25. A cat’s brain has twice the amount of neurons in the cerebral cortex as dogs.
  26. Cats have an extra organ that allows them to taste scents in air.
  27. Neutered males live 62% longer than unneutered cats, and spayed females live 39% longer than unspayed females.
  28. Cats can sleep 12 to 16 hours a day.
  29. When cats show you their bellies, it’s a sign of trust.
  30. Cats like small. Enclosed spaces because it makes them feel more protected and secure.

 

Sources:
Mental Floss
Viagen Pets
Traverse Mountain Pet Care

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