Fun Facts About Cats You Probably Didn’t Know

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Did you know that cats are the most popular pet in the world? There are more than 600 million domestic cats in homes around the globe. And here are some other fun facts about our feline friends.

Did you know that in ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death?

Cats have five toes on their front paws, and four on the back ones. However, cats can’t move two of the back toes on each foot.

Clean Itself:

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A cat will clean itself with paw and tongue after a dangerous experience or when it has fought with another cat. This is believed to be an attempt by the animal to soothe its nerves by doing something natural and instinctive.

Sensitive to Vibrations:

Cats are very sensitive to vibrations. Cats are more likely to wake up when they feel your footsteps if you are coming home late at night because this means you are arriving home safely, obviously they’re pleased about this.

Glowing Eyes:

Cats’ eyes glow during the night (when there’s less light) because of a mirror-like structure behind their retinas called the tapetum lucidum. This makes it easier for them to see in dim light. It also causes cats’ eyes to glow in the dark.

Five Senses:

Did you know that there are five cat senses? They are sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing. Cats have an incredibly strong sense of smell, they can tell each other apart by scent alone.

Three Set of Whiskers:

Cats have three sets of whiskers: one on their chin, one above each eye, and two sets on their nose. Whiskers help them judge distances when they’re jumping or hunting. A blind cat has longer whiskers than a normal feline because it helps them make up for not being able to see properly.

Have Appendix:

Like humans, cats have an appendix. However, unlike our appendices, a cat’s is more like a spare pocket that has no known function. It contains glands that are thought to produce some of the chemicals needed by the liver to digest fat.

Eat more for Winters:

Cats prepare for their winter sleep by eating more than usual, up to 50 percent extra, and then they just curl up and sleep for days on end. Cats go into this deep slumber so they can survive on little food during long periods without hunting or finding supplies in harsh weather conditions.

Headache like Humans:

Cats can get tension headaches just like humans do. We don’t know exactly how cats manage to avoid getting stressed during travel! This is because stress causes an imbalance of hormones that can trigger physical changes in the body. The signs include dilated pupils, increased heart rate, breathing difficulties, and more.

Some Other Facts:

  • Cats’ sense of touch is enhanced by special nerve endings in their skin called Merkel disks. Cats also have about 100 different types of vocalization which communicate different messages such as “Feed me!” or “Give me attention!”.
  • Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine (26 purrs per second). When cats purr, the vibration is good for their joints and digestion.
  • Humans petting cats releases oxytocin, which is often called “the love hormone” because it makes us feel pleasure and trust towards others.
  • When cats are happy, they express it by purring, rubbing against people and things they like, licking their lips often – especially when you are petting them.
  • The life expectancy for house cats varies between 15 years old and 20 years old. The oldest cat was named Creme Puff, and she reached a massive 38 years old.
  • Cats rub against people not only to be affectionate but also to mark out their territory with scent glands around their faces.
  • All cats, except the big ones like tigers, are born without the ability to hear. This is normal for them and they will start hearing when they are around three weeks old.
  • Cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same as an idling diesel engine. Cats imitating a car engine means they trust you or it’s time for dinner.
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