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20 Interesting Facts About Cats

20 Interesting Facts About Cats

20 Interesting Facts About Cats


Cats have been around for over 4 million years and they’re still considered to be the most popular pet in America. They’re also one of the best pets you can have since they don’t require much attention and are easy to care for. But did you know that there is so much more information about cats than meets the eye? In this article we’ll go over 20 interesting facts about cats:

Cats are thought to be the first animal to be domesticated.

Cats are thought to be the first animal to be domesticated. They were revered by the Egyptians, who called them gods and considered them sacred animals. Cats were also domesticated in ancient Greece and Rome, where they were used as mousers.

Today, cat ownership is still very popular in many countries around the world. Maybe this is because of their ability to keep away mice from the home or yard!

Cats’ eyesight is very similar to humans.

  • Cats’ eyesight is very similar to humans.
  • Cats have excellent night vision. They can see in dim light better than humans, and they have a wider field of vision than humans as well. This means that you’ll find your cat looking around more often when you’re not looking!
  • Cats’ color vision isn’t quite as good as ours. Unlike many animals, including dogs and horses (the latter two being mammals), cats can only distinguish between three primary colors: red/green/blue (RGB). However, their ability to detect shades of gray means that they are much better at distinguishing shapes from a distance than humans are at close range.

A cat’s hearing is far superior to that of humans.

Cats have excellent hearing. Their acute sense of hearing allows them to detect sounds at frequencies up to 64 kHz, which is far higher than the human range. This means that cats can hear high-pitched squeaks from mice 100 feet away in total silence! Cats also have a better ability to hear low frequencies than humans do, although this may not seem like much considering that we’re dealing with cats here. In fact, some scientists believe it’s because cats’ ears are slightly different than ours. They’re flatter and more narrow at their base—which makes them better able to pick up faint sound waves that enter through our ears’ openings into our skulls as vibrations on either side (front or back).

Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour.

Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour, which is the highest speed of any domestic animal. They are also very agile and flexible. So, they can jump up to 6 times their own height (or more than 4 feet), turn their heads 180 degrees, and fit into small spaces.

Cats have 32 muscles in their ear. Humans only have 6.

You might think that cats have a superior sense of hearing, but you’d be wrong. Humans are capable of hearing in the range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz (20 Hertz per second). While cats can hear frequencies up to 60,000 Hz—the same range as dogs and dolphins!

Cats also have a very good sense of smell. This allows them to detect things like rodents and insects even when they’re hiding underneath the soil or inside wood.

Cats can’t sense sweet tastes.

You may have heard that cats can’t taste sweet things. But there is actually a lot more to this story than you might think. In fact, there are certain genetic mutations that prevent cats from sensing sweet tastes. While some breeds of dogs and horses have been genetically modified to be able to taste sweet foods (and therefore enjoy ice cream), cats cannot do the same thing because they don’t have the gene necessary for detecting sweetness in their tongue or palate.

This means that if your cat tries eating something like raisins or chocolate-covered pretzels, it will taste nothing but salt and bitterness. No matter how much you try smoothing them over with cream cheese or buttery sauce!

A cat’s tongue is rough like sandpaper due to tiny hooks on it called papillae. The papillae allow cats to clean and groom themselves effectively by trapping loose hairs when they’re licking their coats.

A cat’s tongue is rough like sandpaper due to tiny hooks on it called papillae. The papillae allow cats to clean and groom themselves effectively by trapping loose hairs when they’re licking their coats.

Cats’ tongues are also covered in thousands of taste buds that help them identify food sources. While a cat’s nose has more than 1 million scent receptors called olfactory cells.

The average cat needs 250-300 calories a day, depending on their size and age.

The average cat needs 250-300 calories a day, depending on their size and age.

To calculate how many calories your cat will need, multiply their weight in pounds by 10 and then divide that number by 2.4 for the recommended amount of calories for an adult cat. For example:

  • A medium-sized (35 lbs) tabby would need about 1,000 calories per day. This is almost double what you’d expect from a human!
  • A large longhaired (50 lbs) Persian will require just over 1,500 calories each day. Again more than what would be expected in humans!

Cats spend about 70% of the day sleeping.

Cats spend about 70% of the day sleeping. That’s more than any other animal, and it’s mostly in a variety of positions. Their average rest period is 18 hours per day, but many cats can sleep for up to 24 hours straight.

Cats can fall asleep with their eyes open and wake up at any time of day—even if they’re fed by humans! Cats are able to easily fall asleep on their backs or stomachs when resting for long periods due to an adaptation called “cataplexy” (which means “uncontrollable fits”). This allows them to catch more zzzzzs than other animals do. Because they don’t need as much sleep in order to feel refreshed after waking up again later on during the night. However, some owners report that their cat may not actually get all that much restful shut-eye during these periods. Due simply because there isn’t enough time spent relaxing before going back into its regular routine again. This leads into another interesting fact about how cats function within human society…

Cat’s have are thought to be descendants from African wildcats.

It’s commonly believed that cats came from Africa, but this isn’t actually true. Cats are thought to have evolved from African wildcats, which are known as Felidae. Their family includes cheetahs and tigers as well as lions, leopards and jaguars. However, these animals aren’t directly related at all. They’re more closely related to each other than they are to dogs or foxes!

The most common misconception about cats is that they’re descended from dogs. However, this isn’t true either because there’s no record of cats being domesticated before about 10 thousand years ago. In fact, there isn’t even any evidence suggesting this! Cats have been around for over four million years so it would make sense if we were their descendants. But unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely either way…

Cats who fall five stories have a 90% survival rate. While cats who fall from the 32nd floor have a 50% survival rate.

The cat is one of the best-adapted animals on earth. They can land in trees, water, and even upside down! Their flexible spine allows them to rotate their bodies around when they fall from a great height. This ability gives them an advantage over other species. Other animals would be unable to rotate their bodies so quickly or effectively if they fall from such a high place.

The psoas muscle is another part of their anatomy that makes them so good at falling safely (and not just because it’s cute). This muscle extends from the pelvis, through both sides of the abdomen, and all the way up into your rib cage before connecting with your shoulders and neck. When this muscle contracts during an impact with gravity pulling on you at 20 miles per hour (32 kilometers), it helps prevent injury by absorbing some of those forces while still allowing you enough control over where exactly you’ll land when you hit ground level again!

A cat’s nose pad is unique, just like human fingerprints are unique. No one cat has exactly the same set of ridges and bumps on his nose as any other.

Cats are thought to be the first animal to be domesticated. Cats’ eyesight is very similar to humans’ and they can run up to 30 miles per hour. Unlike dogs, cats have 32 muscles in their ear that allow them to hear low-frequency sounds like insects and mice scurrying around.

They also have fur on their bodies that acts as a natural thermostat for regulating body temperature: it acts like an insulator when cold or an evaporative cooler when hot—keeping you both nice and cozy!


Cats are very unique animals, with their own unique habits and personalities. They are also extremely intelligent creatures who can solve problems on their own.

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