20 Amazing Cat Facts

Cats are simply the most incredible creatures. They can be so private and yet so affectionate too. They remain mysterious to us humans too! No one really knows why they do all the things they do… but we love them anyway! Here are 20 things you probably didn’t know about your cat.

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Cats are popular! The world population of domestic cats stands at over 500 million.

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Cats are good for your mental health. A recent study of cat owners found that 87% of them agreed that owning a cat had a positive impact on their wellbeing. What’s more, 76% said they could cope with everyday life much better thanks to the company of their feline friends.

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A cat’s whiskers allow it to judge how wide a space is, like sensors, to find out whether they can fit through it. Cats have free-floating clavicle bones that attach their shoulders to their forelimbs, which allows them to squeeze through very small spaces.

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Cats only sweat through their paws.

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Cats can’t taste sweet things.

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Cats don’t talk to each other. Adult cats ‘miaow’ to communicate with humans rather than other cats and can recognize familiar human voices, even if they pretend not to sometimes! Cats communicate with each other using visual indications, such as scratch marks.

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Cats make more than 100 different sounds whereas dogs only make around 10.

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A cat grooms itself by utilising rows of hooked scales that act like a comb on its tongue.

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A group of cats is called a clowder. A male cat is called a tom, a female cat is called a molly or a queen.

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A cat has the ability to jump up to six times its length.

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Cats can detect higher frequencies of sound than dogs or humans.

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Cats can see in the dark. They use one-sixth of the light level required for human vision.

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The largest breed of domesticated cat The Maine Coon.

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Domestic cats purr at a frequency of 20 to 30 vibrations per second and their heart beats two to three times faster than a human’s.

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Nine lives! There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.

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Cats taste scents by ‘grimacing’ – they have a special organ that allows them to taste-sense the air.

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Cats can move their ears 180 degrees.

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The world’s largest litter of domestic cats were born on the 7 August 1970 when a Burmese/Siamese cat gave birth to 19 kittens.

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Most cats don’t like water because their coats do not insulate them well enough.

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Cats like their beauty sleep! They sleep for two-thirds – almost 70% – of their lives, usually spending between 13 and 16 hours of the day asleep.