It is always cats v/s dogs; there are the cat lovers and the dog lovers. Cats are indeed very different from dogs. Whatever the case, the furry kinds are always adorable and each animal has its unique characteristics. We feature here some fun and interesting facts about cats.
A male cat is called a tom cat and a female, queen.
A group of cats is called clowder and a group of kittens is called a kindle.
Cats can be left or right handed or even ambidextrous according to some research studies. Yes, such studies are also done!
Ash & Bronzy.
The smallest cat in the world Tinker Toy weighed 1 pound, 8 ounces and was just 2.75 inches tall!
The longest lived cat was Creme Puff who lived for 38 years and 3 days! The average lifespan of an indoor cat is 15 years and varies with breeds.
There’s an island in Japan called Tashirojima, also known as “Cat Island,” where cats are the primary residents and no dogs are allowed! Cats are literally worshipped there and believed to represent good fortune and luck.
Most cats love the herb Catnip which contains a chemical called “nepetalactone” that is released when catnip is crushed. When cats get a whiff of the same, most either play around /with it or rub themselves against it. They may even end up eating it. This chemical supposedly mimics some feline pheromones and supposedly gives them a high!
Cats an see in 1/6th of the light that human beings can. They cannot see in complete darkness but can see in minimal light.
Cats seldom respond to their names though they recognise them.
Onions,chocolates, coffee, tea and garlic are poisonous to cats. Most cats are lactose intolerant.
A cat’s forelimbs have a free-floating clavicle bone as a result of which most of them can fit through any space that their head can fit in.
A cat’s normal heart rate ranges from 140 to 220 beats per minute and its normal body temperature is around 101.5° F.
Cats have some of the best hearing capacity and they can hear frequencies as high as 79 KHz and as low as 55 Hz.
A cat’s tail helps it to maintain balance and signals various emotions.
Cats sleep around 18 hours a day!
Cats greet each other by touching each other’s noses.
Cats sweat through their paws.
Cats belong to a family of predators and that is one of the main reasons why they groom themselves after eating as after a hunt in the wild, to protect themselves from predators, they like to clear all traces of blood.
Siblings - Ash & Bronzy.
Cats bond with each other by grooming one another. But don’t be surprised if cat siblings are separated for sometime and forget each other!
A cat usually has about 12 whiskers on each side of its face. Cat whiskers should never be cut as they have a sensory organ at the end of their whiskers called a proprioceptor which sends signals to the brain and nervous system. A cat’s whiskers help it gauge if it can fit into a narrow space even without even being able to see it. Whiskers help cats measure distance. The whiskers shed and grow back. Their whiskers are typically as long as the width of their bodies.
Cats cannot taste sweets as they have a mutant chemoreceptor in their taste buds that prevents them to do so.
Most cats hate water and can spend their entire lifetime without a single bath!
Cats love nibbling on grass; it also helps them get rid of stuff like bones, feathers, carpet wool, fur, hairball etc.
Adult cats have 30 teeth.
Kittens are born blind and deaf. Once kittens are born, the mother’s purr is critical as the vibration of the purr not only provides the much needed warmth, it also leads them to the mother for nursing.
Cats purr for various reasons, they purr when happy, anxious or when in extreme pain. Their body language can help distinguish the reason behind the purring.
If a cat stares at you and blinks, it is kind of sending a cat kiss to you! If your cat is following you everywhere, be assured it loves you abundantly. Don’t be surprised if your cat gets you a dead bird, rat or even a toy and literally gifts it to you; it is its way of expressing love and affection.
If a cat loves a person/family member, it will rub itself around them or even knead their paws on the person.
Baby Bronzy in deep contemplation.
Every cat’s nose pad is different and ridged with a unique pattern.
Cats are partially color blind and it is believed that they cannot see red but can see blue and greens, according to some studies.
A cat can’t climb head down a tree because every claw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must climb back down.
A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 50 km/hr.
A cat can jump up to five to seven times its own height in a single jump.
Ash. Life’s Good!
If a cat shows you its belly, it has complete trust in you.
Cats hate their bellies to be touched; they like to be petted under their chin and on their head.
Some cats have survived falling from even 26 stories!
They tip toe and do not walk on their feet. Most cats have five claws on their front paws, and four on their rear paws.
A cat’s tongue is rough like sandpaper to enable it to clean and groom itself. The top layer is made up of keratin, the same thing that make up their claws!
A cat lover is called an Ailurophile.
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