25 Little Known Facts About Cats

Sleepers

Sleepers

It's well known that cats enjoy their sleep, but just how much of their lives they spent with shut eyes might really surprise you.

On average, a cat will spend 70% of its life asleep!

Only Mickey and Minnie

Only Mickey and Minnie

Have you ever seen any mice at Disneyland?

Of course, we're talking about the little versions - not Mickey and Minnie.

Let me answer the question for you; you haven't. A Disneyland property employs the services of a few hundred cats with the express task of eradicating mice.



Cats of the Ocean

Cats of the Ocean

You know how you're trapped on a plank in the middle of the ocean and you still can't drink the water? Well, thanks to a kidney that's equipped for such things, a cat could.

Ultrasonic

Ultrasonic

Experts believe that cats probably have ultrasonic hearing which puts them in the same category as dolphins and rodents.



Molly and Tom

Molly and Tom

A female cat (errmm... like this one..?) is known as a "Queen" or a "Molly" while, as we might already be aware, a male cat is known as a "Tom".

By The Beard of Zeus!

By The Beard of Zeus!

The most expensive cat in the world (at this point in time at least) is a little Asian leopard cat named Zeus (this picture is not of the actual Zeus, but similar).

Only 10% short hair domestic cat and 90% Asian leopard, Zeus is said to be around US$150,000, however, many have their doubts as to why or whether this price is real.



My Third Eye

My Third Eye

Well, maybe not third eye as such, but cats have a third eye lid. It's called a "haw".

Lightning!

Lightning!

Cats can run faster than you can. Maybe you knew that already because your cat is often scared or perhaps distracted.

Top speed for a cat (some, not all) is around the 30mph mark - 3mph faster than Usain Bolt has ever moved.



Black Cats

Black Cats

Everyone in the States knows that black cats are considered bad luck in the country, but many people in other countries such as Australia and England, actually consider them good luck. Same result, I guess.

Taking a Fall

Taking a Fall

I think that most of us would be aware that cats are able to fall a lot further than us and still be okay. The furthest a cat has ever fallen and survived is one which took a dive from the 46th floor of a building!



Inbuilt Compass

Inbuilt Compass

Cats are pretty good at finding their way home when they're lost. That's because they have magnetized brain cells that essentially act like compasses. So if you want to get rid of your cat, you'd better drive them further than the next suburb!

Popularity Contest

Popularity Contest

Do you think cats or dogs are the most popular pet in the United States? Honestly, I would have gone with dog - but I'd have been wrong!

It's estimated that there up to 96 million cats compared to 80 million dogs, or thereabouts.



Free Speech

Free Speech

You might think that you're crazy when you talk to your cat but the truth is that the more you talk to them, the more they will meow back.

That's because the experts reckon cats have evolved their sound to communicate with us.

Getting Vocal

Getting Vocal

If pets were performers, it looks as though cats would be Mariah Carey and dogs would be, like, Bob Dylan...

Cats have around 100 different sounds while dogs have only 10. Still, based on the above metaphor, dogs still have more substance. So there's that...



A What?

A What?

You know how we all like to impress people with useless knowledge like a bunch of crows is a "murder"?

What about a group of cats? Your answer is "clowder".

Mayor Stubbs

Mayor Stubbs

You might have heard of this guy before, but for those who haven't had the pleasure, this is Mayor Stubbs. He's an actual mayor of an actual town. He's been the head pussy in-charge of Takeetna, Alaska, for about fifteen years now.



Be Selfish. Be Sweet.

Be Selfish. Be Sweet.

The experts tell us that cats can't distinguish sweet tastes. So when your when comes crawling around next time you're enjoying dessert, be as selfish as you want to be without feeling guilty.

You Big Pussy

You Big Pussy

The largest cat ever (of course, we're talking about a domestic cat - not a big old lion or something) measured a massive 48.5 inches long!



Meow!

Meow!

There is only one reason that an adult cat will ever make a meow noise - and that is to communicate with you! Or someone else. But mostly you!!

Intolerance

Intolerance

Cats are (mostly) lactose intolerant which means that they should not have milk. Obviously.



Hunters

Hunters

Just like their wild cousins, domestic cats make pretty effective hunters. In fact, domestic cats have been a major factor in the extinction of 33 different species.

Brain and Soul

Brain and Soul

Although cats are weird and sometimes freak the hell out of us until we need to make them leave the room based on how they stare at us and look deep in to our souls, they are more like us than you might think. In fact, many experts believe that their brains are around 90% identical to ours.



Cats and Dogs

Cats and Dogs

We have to do the comparison with dogs again, sorry.

While dogs have around 160 million neurons taking care of business in the cerebral cortex, cats by caparison, have around 300 million.

Astrocat

Astrocat

The first cat to ever visit space was from France. We don't know if he spoke French but we do know that its name was Felicette (Astrocat). No, not Aristocat. Astrocat.



Origins

Origins

We always thought that cats were originally domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians but a recent find makes it look as though they may have been domesticated in Cyprus thousands of years earlier.