12 Amazing Facts About Cats
Cats are one of those animals you either love or hate. Either way, we can all probably agree that they’re some of the most curious creatures to live among us, and there’s just something about them that makes them such a good pet.
Probably the most surprising fact about them is that of all the domesticated animals, cats are the ones that chose to live with us, according to experts. Since neighborhood cats tend to bounce from door to door in search of a meal, you’re no doubt assuming that it’s entirely to do with having a place to sleep and for someone to feed them. You’re partially right, but there’s evidence to suggest that they chose us because they like us too.
Cats are amazing animals and are cherished around the world. There are more than 10 cat islands in Japan that tourists can enjoy and a visit to most Dutch pubs will include meeting the in-house cat.
If you’re a cat lover, these 12 facts about them will no doubt surprise you.
1. Cats ‘Meow’ to Communicate With Other Humans, Not Other Cats
Despite their cuteness, kittens are quite noisy a lot of the time but this is purely to communicate with their mothers. Adult cats, on the other hand, don’t ‘meow’ for any other reason than to communicate with us. Everyone’s heard cats making strange noises in the back alley at night, but this is typically just when they’re in heat. Certain scientists believe that cats use vocalization in order to manipulate the humans they interact with.
2. A Typical Household Cat is Faster Than the World’s Quickest Sprinter
Though they might spend a lot of time sleeping, when they get moving, cats are quite the quick-moving creatures. So quick, in fact, that they beat our quickest runner by a few miles per hour. While Usain Bolt’s able to run as fast as 27 mph, your typical cat can top that at 30 mph when it needs to. It’s not common to see a cat run flat out but they’re more than capable of outrunning any human when it’s important.
3. Cats Are Grooming Themselves For a Third of Their Time Awake
Cats spend a great deal of their time grooming when they’re awake, which isn’t really that long at all. A lot of experts and vets seem to think that it’s more than a third of the time that they’re awake that cats spend grooming. If you’re interested in a pet that cares about hygiene as much as you do, then maybe a feline friend is the right option for you.
4. Cats Have More Than Two Eyelids
They have four to be exact. The palpebra tertia, as it’s known, plays an important role for cats in removing debris and other items from the eyes and helping keep their cat eyes healthy. We even have them, except evolution has reduced them to nothing more than a small circle in the corner of our eyes. They’re thought to also help wild cats against prey and tall grass.
5. Experts Think a Cats Purr is For Healing
No one quite knows what the exact reasoning is behind a cat’s purr, but many experts share the same theory that it carries healing properties. Purring is consistently between 25 and 150 hertz which likely helps to improve your cat’s bone density and aid with other much-needed healing while your cat is sleeping. Some people think it has benefits for us too.
6. Cats Aren’t Keen on Sweet Stuff
Cats are carnivores and like nothing more than chowing down on something meaty or fishy. That being said, no member of the feline family will take you up on dessert after, from cats to tigers. That’s because it’s not in their genes to eat sweet foods and so they have zero interest in anything sugar-laden. There’s no tempting your cat with a piece of cake after their dinner.
7. Cats Have More Bones in Their Bodies Than Humans
The average adult human has 206 bones in their body, reducing from 270 as some are fused together as we grow. Cats, however, have even more bones in their bodies, with the average being 244. It tends to be that animals that require greater movement and agility have even more, which is why cats have more bones in their spines than we do. Their free-floating clavicle bones are what get them through tight spaces.
8. Cats are Far-Sighted
Your cat’s vision is pretty impeccable in certain conditions, such as nighttime and with far-away objects. Where their site tends to be weaker is when things are perched right in front of their faces, meaning they’re far-sighted. It’s often why they can’t see the treat you’re holding right in their face or they feel threatened by something that’s up close. Bear this in mind when approaching your cat.
9. Cats Are Prone to Addiction Like Us
No, they’re not going to sniff out someone’s cocaine stash and chase the high. Cats have a very particular type of addiction and it’s something you might find not too surprising. Too much tuna, what with its strong taste and oily texture, is too enjoyable for some cats and they may work themselves into malnutrition by refusing to chow down on anything else.
10. Every Cat’s Nose pad is Different
A cat’s nose pad is like our signature or fingerprint. Each one is uniquely different and can be noticed by looking up close at the individual markings. You can’t exactly do much with this knowledge other than to compare your cat’s nose pad with that of your friend’s and neighbor’s and see for yourself.
11. A Cat’s Hearing is Five Times More Powerful Than a Human’s
Cats can hear what goes on in the world a lot better than we can. Five times better in fact. They can hear higher frequencies much greater than dogs and humans and that’s why experts believe that they might find the voice of women more soothing than that of their male counterparts, especially when they’re feeling worked up or upset. Make sure you keep your cat insurance policy up to date in case you notice their hearing deteriorates.
12. Cats Spend the Majority of Their Lives Asleep
Cats make such great pets for the average animal owner because all they do most of the time is sprawl out and enjoy a good snooze. Typically, they’ll be asleep between 13 and 16 hours on any given day, meaning that they spend around 70% of their entire lifetime with their eyes closed and pleasantly dreaming. This is thought to be an effort to preserve energy.