Cats are our little furry friends. Aside from giving us companionship, they are also excellent in hunting down vermin, such as rats, which are a nuisance to our homes.
Cats were worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, and it seems that this hasn’t changed even in this digital age (check out all those funny cat videos!). Here are some more interesting facts about cats (as if we need more reasons to love them):
You didn’t think there’s such a more specific name for a group of cute kitties. A “kindle” is a group of kittens, especially ones who were born to a single momma cat. It’s synonymous with “litter.”
Yes, they beat dogs as the number one pet animal in the US. At present there are 88 million pet cats (compared to 74 million pet dogs).
This simple hole, usually located at the base of the door, allows pets such as cats to go in and out of the house without needing their owners to open the door for them. Urban legend states that the famed English physicist Isaac Newton created a large hole for his pet cat and a small one for his kittens, only to realize that the kittens would always follow their mother through the bigger hole.
Cats have over a hundred vocal sounds, unlike dogs which have only 10. Meowing and is a form of communication mostly reserved for humans, but cats can also howl, moan, chatter, scream, caterwaul, hiss, squeak, and a lot others. Adult cats never “meow” to fellow cats.
Not only 20, but some sources say cats even have 32 muscles to move their ears!
Jumping through the gaping railings of a gate? No problem. Fitting inside a glass bowl? No problem too! Leaping very high into the sky and landing down to the ground unscathed? No sweat! That’s because cats have flexible bodies, being made up of 53 loosely jointed bones (compared to only 34 in humans).
It seems your cat has it all — speed, agility, and… height? Your feline can do a vertical jump about five feet high or more, which may be five to seven times its own height.
No two cats have the same nose-prints. Even to cats who look alike, they also have dissimilar ridges on their nosepads, in the same manner that even identical twins have unique fingerprints to each others’.
The Egyptian Mau breed can run up to about 30 mph, making it the fastest domesticated cat breed on the planet.
Cats are known for their seemingly cool disposition. Even if your feline knows you’re calling its name, it will still act too cool to pay you any attention.
Sweating helps us humans to cool down from the heat. But your cat isn’t heavily equipped with sweat glands like we have. That’s why some cats have no problem of lounging themselves directly under the sun. But to prevent themselves from overheating, they sweat only through their paws.
Abe Lincoln, obviously, loved cats and would spend playing with them for hours. His pets include cats named Tabby and Dixie. He would also bring some alley cats into the White House.
When his wife Mary Todd Lincoln was asked about her husband’s hobby, she answered, “cats.” Although he also loved dogs and even turkeys, cats still had a special place in his heart.
Cats are one of the sleepiest animals in the world, sleeping as much as 11 to 12 hours a day.
The cat’s bigger relatives, the tiger and the lion, have also five toes on their front paws and four on their back paws. Another interesting fact: females are mostly right-pawed while most males are left-pawed.
The cat’s rough tongue also has another purpose — it also acts like a comb, which the cat uses to groom itself.
This is quite interesting. Adult cats never actually “meow” at each other, but only to humans. Kittens would only “meow” to their mothers whenever they feel cold or hungry, but as they grow older, they will no longer say “meow” to other cats.
Cats “meow” to humans depending on their mood — they can be friendly, welcoming, asking for attention, hungry or demanding.