27 Really Interesting Facts About Cats

27 Really Interesting Facts About Cats
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• There are more than 400 million domestic cats in the world, with approximately over 60 recognized breeds.
•Cats cannot get down a tree head first as every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must descend back down.
• A cat’s brain is more similar to a human being’s brain.
• A cat named Stubbs has been the mayor for 15 years in Talkeetna, a small town in Alaska.
• Cats sleep for almost 70%-75% of their entire lives on an average, which literally means a typical nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.
• One reason that cats sleep so much is because a growth hormone is released only during sleep.
• Cats do not have the ability to taste sweet stuff.
• Evidence suggests cats have been domesticated and kept as pets since 3600 B.C.
• A cat has the ability to jump up to six times its length.
• According to researchers, keeping a cat as a pet reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
•When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level whereas dogs and humans bob their heads up and down while running.
•Cats have the ability to make over 100 different sounds.
• The richest cat in the world is worth around $13 million after his human owner passed away and left her fortune to him.
• Male cats are generally left-pawed while female cats are generally right-pawed.
• A cat rubs against people not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory with scent glands around its face. The tail area and paws also carry the cat’s scent.
• Most cats give birth to a litter of between one and nine kittens. The largest known litter ever produced was 19 kittens, of which 15 survived.
• The first commercially cloned pet was a cat named “Little Nicky” who cost his owner $50,000, making him one of the most expensive cats in the world.
• A cat can’t chew large chunks of food as it does not have the ability to move its jaw sideways.
• Isaac Newton is credited with inventing the famous cat flap or cat door.
• A cat’s sense to smell is 14 times stronger than an average human.
• When cats leave their poop uncovered, it is a sign of aggression to let you know they don’t fear you.
• Cats knead with their paws when they are happy.
• Cats have sandpaper-like tongues which they use to clean and groom themselves.
• Cats cannot see in complete darkness and can see only at low light levels and use their whiskers to detect if they can fit through a space.
• A cat generally greets another cat by touching their noses together and cats are known to hate water as their fur does not insulate well when its wet
• They sweat only through their paws.
• A male cat is called a “Tom” and a female cat is called a “Queen.”