Chances are that you know someone who owns a cat if you don’t own one yourself. They’re one of the most popular house pets with over 36 million of them living in the United States alone. They’re cuddly and mischievous and easy to take care of. Here are some crazy facts you probably didn’t know about cats.
They Recognize You
Cats may act like they don’t recognize you when you walk in the house, but they actually do recognize people. They simply choose to ignore you sometimes.
Why They Rub Against You
Cats will rub against people to leave their scent on them. It’s basically them marking their territory.
It was illegal to kill a cat in Ancient Egypt because they were seen as holy.
Brain vs. Intelligence
While cats have smaller brains than dogs, they are much more similar to human brains. This is why most cats have complex personalities.
While having a dog as a pet is more popular than having a pet cat, there are more cats out there than dogs. There are only 75 million dogs compared to 83 million cats as pets in the US.
Sleep 70% of Their Lives
You’ve seen your kitty take a short catnap throughout the day. They spend about 70% of their entire lives sleeping, so they can energize for hunting.
They Talk to You
When a cat meows at you, it’s trying to talk to you! They don’t only communicate with other cats this way.
Correlations Between Love and Cats
If you’re a bachelor living alone, it’s time to get a cat. Studies show that single men who own cats as pets have better luck in their love lives.
They Can Be Lactose Intolerant
We know the old myth that cats love milk. Not all cats love milk, though. Some can be lactose intolerant!
Reach 31 MPH
When sprinting, a cat can reach a whopping 31 miles per hour.
They Can Inherit Belongings
Reportedly, there was a woman in Italy who left $13 million to her cat when she died.
Stubbs is a 19-year-old cat in Talkeetna, Alaska who has been a town cat his whole life.
Can’t Taste Sweet
Cats are indifferent about sweets because they taste it! This is caused by cats not having the tastebuds that react to sweet flavors.
Cats are pretty noisy pets. They can make about 100 different sounds.
We know that cats are pretty independent and can live on their own. It’s thought that they decided to live with us rather than the other way around. This is probably because they realized how many mice live among humans.
They Sweat From Their Paws
Cats can only sweat from one part of their body: their paws. To keep cool, they will lick their fur, leaving saliva on it to evaporate.
Sir Isaac Newton Invented the Cat Door
While it hasn’t been proven, many believe that it was Sir Isaac Newton who invented the cat door.
In 1963, two cats were sent up into space and were called “catstronauts.”
Cat Owners are Introverted
Cat owners tend to be more independent and introverted compared to people who own dogs.
Grass Helps with Hairballs
Grass acts as a laxative to cats. So, if you see your cat nibbling on some grass, they’re probably having some trouble with a hairball.
Kneading = Happy Cat
Kittens knead their mother’s body to ensure that milk flows. When they are older, they will knead to show you that they feel comfortable around you.
Kill for You
Your cat may leave you gifts that they have hunted. This is to help teach you how to hunt, just as their mothers did to them. Essentially, they’re letting you know you aren’t so great at hunting.
Some cats, such as the Hemingway cat, will grow a sixth toe. This is known as polydactyl.
It was during the 15th century that Pope Innocent VIII hated cats to such great extent that he claimed they were possessed by demons and demanded them all to be killed.
Lived White House
Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln owned four cats when they lived in the White House during Lincoln’s presidency.
They “Taste” Smells
Thanks to an extra sensory gland, cats are able to “taste” smells.
Increase Your Health
Studies show that owning a cat may increase your health and reduce the risk of having a heart attack by a whopping 30%.
There is a scientific term for what we commonly know as a hairball. It’s called a trichobezoar. It means, “an indigestible ball made of hair in the gastrointestinal tract.”
Unique Paw Prints
Cats have unique paw prints that are very similar to the way people’s fingerprints are unique to each individual.
Need to be Adopted
Now that you’ve learned these interesting facts about cats, it’s time to go adopt one! Only about 24% of the cats that are in shelters will ever be adopted. Bring one home today!