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28 Interesting facts about cats

Cats are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. From keeping us company as family pets to singing us the song of their people in an alley in the middle of the night, cats are apart of us all.

Here are a few fun, amazing and sometimes strange facts about cats.

    • Cats cannot taste sugar or anything sweet
    • White cats with blue eyes are often born deaf
    • The cat flap was invented by Sir Isaac Newton
    • Cats can run at 30 miles (48 km) and hour… yes that is faster than humans!
    • In a litter of cats, it is possible for each every kitten to have a different father
    • The chances tortoiseshell cat being male is 200 to 1
    • In ancient Egypt, an owner of a recently deceased cat would shave off his eyebrows as a sign of his grief
    • It is a widely known fact that the ancient Egyptians adored cats but in modern times, mummified cats have been exported from Egypt and sold as fertilizer
    • A cat spends 85% of its day sleeping or dozing
    • Cats are loners by nature. Lions are the only felines that naturally choose to live in groups
    • Cats have 230 bones in their bodies while humans only have 206
    • A cats ability to see at night is six times greater than that of a humans
    • Their sense of smell is also 14 times greater than ours
    • It is estimated that the entire US population of cats, collectively kill about one billion bids and five billion rodents in one year
    • A cats terminal velocity is not fatal
    • In addition to the whiskers on their face, cats also have whiskers on their front feet which they use to hunt and land safely in case of a fall
    • A tiger is the largest feline on earth
    • A cat can purr both while inhaling and exhaling
    • A group of kittens is called a “kindle”
    • A group of adult cats is called a “clowder”
    • The scientific name of a hairball is “trichobezoar”
    • The scientific name of a cat lover is “ailurophile”
    • In the first year of its life a cat ages approximately 16 human years
    • When a cat turns 21 it age is equivalent to about 100 human years
    • The print on a cats nose is uniqe to each cat, much like a human fingerprint
    • The record holder for “world oldest cat” was a cat named Creme Puff who died at the age of 38 and 3 days
    • Female cats are more often right pawed while male cats tend to be left pawed
    • Felix the Cat was the first balloon ever used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

(These facts are meant for fun, not every fact can be sourced and/or verified.)

 

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