25 CAT FACTS – fun facts about cats! Cat Fun Facts
There’s no doubt, watching cat videos is one of the internet’s favorite pastimes and coming in a close second would have to be learning new facts. So, lets combine the two for Fun Facts About Cats and offer up 25 Interesting Cat Facts!
Fun Facts about Cats!
- When cats climb a tree, they can’t go back down it head first. This is because their claws are facing the same direction, instead, they have to go down backward.
- A group of cats is called a closer.
- According to a Hebrew legend, God created cats after Noah prayed for help in protecting the food stores on the Ark from being eaten by rats. In return, God made a lion sneeze and out came a pair of cats.
- Your cat not only rubs their head against you as a sign of affection, but they are also marking you as their territory. They use the scent glands they have around their face, the base of their tails, and their paws to do so.
- One of the little known facts about cats that most people probably wouldn’t guess is, cats are actually more popular in the United States than dogs are. There are around 88 million pet cats versus 75 million pet dogs.
- Cat’s can’t taste sweetness. Scientists believe it’s due to a genetic mutation that affects key taste receptors.
- In Japan, cats are thought to have the power to turn into super spirits when they die. This may stem from the Buddist belief that cats are temporary resting places for powerful and very spiritual people.
- Europe introduced cats into America as a form of pest control in the 1750s.
- There are up to 70 million feral cats in the United States alone. A good reason to spay and neuter your pets!
- In Holland’s embassy in Moscow, Russia, the staff noticed that the two Siamese cats kept meowing and clawing at the walls of the building. Their owners finally investigated, thinking they would find mice. Instead, they discovered microphones hidden by Russian spies. The cats heard the microphones when they turned on. Instead of alerting the Russians that they found said microphones, they simply staged conversations about delays in work orders and suddenly problems were fixed much quicker!
- When Ben Rea, a successful British antique dealer and known recluse died in 1988, he left his 12.5 million dollar fortune (26.7 million by today’s standards) to his cat, Blackie. Making Blackie the wealthiest cat in the world. Blackie still holds the Guinness World Record for Wealthiest Cat! The money was eventually divided equally to three cat charities who were tasked with taking care of Bliackie until he passed away.
- Some Evidence suggests that domesticated cats have been around since 3600 B.C.E., over 2,000 years before the Ancient Egyptians.
- Cats only meow as a way to communicate with humans. They never meow to each other.
- Cats can recognize your voice. So yes, they are just ignoring you.
- The oldest cat video dates back to 1894 and is called Boxing cats
- When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would shave off their eyebrows as a sign of mourning.
- Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that control emotions.
- Cats can move both ears separately and about 180 degrees around.
- While cats are seen as having a lower social IQ than dogs, they can solve much more difficult cognitive problems. But only when they feel like it.
- It was illegal to kill cats in ancient Egypt. Not only were cats seen as an icon for Bast, the Goddess of Protection, but they were also very effective in keeping rats at bay. It was seen as a civil disservice to kill them and often resulted in the death penalty.
- Abraham Lincoln kept three cats in the white house. After the civil war was over, Lincoln found 3 kittens whose mother had died and took them in as his own.
- Cat’s, as well as other animals’ noses, have their own unique print, much like a humans fingerprint.
- When cats don’t cover their poop, it is seen as a sign of aggression, meaning they don’t fear you.
- Cats use their whiskers to determine if they can fit through a small space. The bigger the cat, the longer the whiskers will likely be.
Well, there you have it, 25 Fun Facts About Cats! How about sharing this with your friends and family and then check out the 10 strangest cat breeds in the world.
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