Powernubby.com: Amazing Facts About Cats – The household cat is actually one of the most popular pets today. Part of the reason for this is that they are so small and cuddly. Sadly, many people don’t know more about the cat beyond this. In order to help educate, here are amazing facts about cats that you may not have known.
Amazing Facts About Cats
Domestic cats are the only variety of the cat family that can have their tails vertical when walking. Wild cats, like lions and tigers, walk with their tails horizontal or between legs. When a domestic cat walks with its tail vertical, it indicates that he recognizes whoever or whatever is near.
Another amazing fact about cats is that cats never employ meowing to communicate with each other. Domestic cats descended from solitary creatures. Being solitary and hunting alone by nature, they have a limited set of communication skills for confrontation. Especially lacking is body language.
Some misconceptions that a lot of people have about cats are that they always land on their feet. This idea is not true. Another misconception is that they have nine lives. They definitely do not. This last belief may have come about because often a cat does land on its feet and can appear to have “nine lives” but definitely not always.
Kittens born to non-hunting mothers may never learn to hunt (except maybe for yarn and some old socks to play with). Kittens are born with both eyes and ears closed. With a new born kitten’s eyes open, they are always blue at first, changing color over a period time. Kittens will purr to their mother to let her know they are getting enough milk while nursing and also to let their mother know they are nearby and everything is ok. Adult cats purr to let others know they are friendly and not a threat. Purring is a process of inhaling and exhaling, usually performed while the mouth is closed.
The myth that black cats are bad luck especially if they cross your path persists but it is just that, a myth which seems to have originated in the United States. This myth is believed to have originated with the Salem witch hunts although it is not known for sure.
All Amazing Facts About Cats
- Did you know that compared to dogs, which have 10 sounds in their repertoire, cats have more than 100?
- In the houses where more than a cat lives, it is recommended that you have cats of both sexes, because they get along better.
- Cats are famous for breeding while the weather is warm, therefore the number of kittens grows faster when the temperature is higher. Lots of people are worried that global warming will lead to an outrageous number of these small felines.
- Just like children, kittens usually are born with blue eyes.
- In time, they change color. The heart of a cat can beat up to 140 beats/minute, twice as fast as the heart of a human.
- All cats are carnivores, and meat helps them get the necessary nutritional intake.
- A cat that weighs about 10 pounds needs a maximum of 350 calories/day. A human needs minimum 2,000.
- One cat of average size can consume around 90 pounds of food every single year.
- North Americans are cat lovers, and almost 73 million of these pets live in their households. For dogs, the numbers are a big different: 63 million.
- A cat needs approximately 1 ounce of water/pound of their body’s weight every day. It can reach 2 quarts of water every week.
- When jumping, a cat can go 5 times its height.
- The way in which cats show affection or mark a territory is by rubbing on persons. These marks are made with the help of a scent released by the tail, face and paws.
- On every side of the face, the cat has approximately twelve whiskers.
- Cats communicate with people by meowing. With other individuals of their species, they simply spit, hiss or purr.
- They don’t have the same sharpness on their rear claws as the ones in the front.
- The Turkish Van cats are not like other cats because their coat resists in water, and they love water.
- A cat spends 1/3 of its awake time cleaning itself.
- Cats were brought to America by Europeans in order to remove pests around 1750.
- Dusty was the name of the most fertile cat, which gave birth to over 420 kittens.
- The Guinness World Records states that the biggest domestic cat litter had nineteen kittens.
- Cats hate citrus.
- By eating excessive tuna, cats can become addicted and develop a deficiency of vitamin E.
- Whiskers are very important to cats because they use them to show their mood, to wander around and to measure openings.
- In 1995 in Denmark, someone discovered a kitten with green fur. This was the result of excessive copper levels existent in the water supplies.
- 25% of cat owners blow dry their cats after giving them a bath.
- Cats can dream and they start this process when they’re only 1 week.
- Kittens have sharper teeth, but after they reach 6 months they lose their milk teeth.
- York Chocolates kittens are born with a lighter coat that gets darker in time. After several months, they get the chocolate color specific to their breed.
- Cats have been around for a long time. In fact many people estimate that cats have been around human beings for almost 10,000 years!
- Although many people argue that dogs are the most poplar pet in the world, now many people are starting to believe that cats in fact may be the most populous ones.
- Because they’re so popular, the domestic cat can now be found all over the world. Cats are very adaptable to a wide range of temperatures, from extreme cold, to extreme heat. In fact cats can tolerate temperatures of up to 133°F.
- Due to their rapid reproductive cycles, it is estimated there are up to 60 million feral cats in United States.
- Cats have a great sense of hearing, and can actually hear sounds that human ears cannot.
- Cat ears are also equipped to hear sounds that are at a much higher frequency than human ears. It is believed this ability evolved because birds and mice often communicate at these higher frequencies.
- Cats have over 12 muscles that allow them to move their ears up to 180°.
- Cats have very few taste buds, so their preferences in food is likely to do the smell of the food and not the taste.
- While many people think cats are solitary animals, they are actually very social animals that use vocalizations and pheromones to communicate.
- The first evidence about when the cat was domesticated were found in Cyprus and date back over 9,500 years ago.
There are so many amazing facts about cats and everything about cats is fascinating. We hope you learned a couple of things and helps you with understanding the feline.