20 Random and Interesting Cat Facts

With expressions like that, no wonder cats are often considered to be evil.  I'm pretty sure my Stormy isn't as evil as she appears, though.
With expressions like that, no wonder cats are often considered to be evil. I'm pretty sure my Stormy isn't as evil as she appears, though.

1. In certain countries cats are consumed. Uh-huh, people eat cats. Yum-yum. Oh, I'm sorry, is that taboo?


2. When after its prey, a cat keeps its head level, unlike dogs that bob their heads up and down when they run. Incidentally, so do humans - bob our heads when we run, that is. Just imagine what humans could accomplish if we actually kept level heads.


3. It would take about 24 cat skins to make a very nice and warm fur coat for you. This would bring new meaning to the term cat lady, though.


4. Perhaps the term should be cat brained instead of bird brained. Cat brains are more simlar to people brains than either dog brains or bird brains.


5. During the Spanish Inquisition, someone (Pope Innocent VIII) decided cats were evil, and as an unfortunate result of that particular declaration, the Black Plague was exacerbated. It's probably not a good idea to burn the cats that would otherwise help keep the disease spreading rat population under control, evil or not.



6. A cat will sleep for about 2/3 of the day. If only mommies were allowed that luxury. (Actually, assuming most humans sleep the recommended 8 hours per day, humans spend about 2/3 of their life awake, which would be just the opposite of a cat.)


7. A clowder is the correct word for a group of cats. So, there used to be a clowder of feral cats living in the woods across the street from my home, and sometimes in my yard. At times, even in my home.


8. Dogs can communicate by making up to 10 different sounds, while a cat can make at least 100 different sounds. That explains why I once had a Siamese cat that sat patiently in front of rat hole waiting for it to come out of the wall. Okay, he wasn't so patient. He sat begging for it to come to his waiting mouth. "Come oooouutttttt," he pleaded. True story.


9. In the United States, about 40,000 cat bites occur annually. Stormy likes to bite when she's not feeling so affectionate. And also when she is.


10. Cats usually land on their feet, thanks to the organs in their inner ear helping them discern what their position is in space. A Florida senator's cat, Andy, once fell from 200 feet up in the air and survived.



11. Cats can only climb head first up a tree, not down one. This is because of their claws, which curve only one way. The direction of their hooks do not allow them to climb face first down a tree.


12. Your affectionate kitty is only rubbing against you to mark its human as its property with its scent glands. Okay, maybe she loves you, too.


13. The richest cat in the world is named Blackie, and Blackie inherited £15,000,000 when his owner passed away. That's a whopping $22,315,200, as of July 7, 2013. Yikes! I'll be somebody's kitty for that amount.


14. Cats spend about 1/3 of their waking hours grooming themselves. Hmmmm. . .sleeping and cleaning. Food in a bowl. Love on demand. What a life.


15. Imagine if humans had ridge patterns on our noses to uniquely identify ourselves instead of fingerprints. Cats do. The ridge patterns on their noses are unique to each cat.




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16. Cats only sweat through their paws. Oh, how much better some humans might smell if we only perspired through our feet! On second thought, maybe not.


17. Cats made their appearance in the Americas in the middle of the 1700's. They were brought over from Europe to help control the pest population. Yes, it seems live cats eat rats much better than burnt ones that allow the rats to multiple and spread more disease.


18. Cats generally do not meow at other cats. Rather, they respond with hissing, spitting, or purring. What a waste of those 100 sounds, if you ask me. They could carry on a conversation with one another in their own secret language.


19. Hey coffee lovers, you want some cat crap coffee? Yeah - didn't think so. Me neither. However, Kopi Luwak, which is the world's rarest kind of coffee, is made from beans that are actually harvested from piles of the luwak's dung. The luwak is a wild cat that lives in Indonesia. It eats coffee berries, but can't digest the beans inside of the berries.


20. Cats normally have 12 whiskers on both sides of their face, except for when my children cut them off with scissors.

Just for fun. . .

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

I enjoyed this. I once had Siamese, but they hated my wife.


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phoenix2327 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Funny hub. I never met a Siamese cat yet that didn't have something to say for itself.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very cool facts. Cat tastes like chicken.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Oh Shannon... how much I've missed you!!! This is such an awesome hub; packed full of funny and interesting!!! This is the first time in a long time that I could justify hitting all the buttons!

What a clever hub and your commentary is stellar!

Obviously, being the Cat that I am, I could relate to much of it, particularly:

12. Your affectionate kitty is only rubbing against you to mark its human as its property with its scent glands. Okay, maybe she loves you, too.

I have to head out shortly... but I'll be around later!

Still your sissy,

Cat


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Beautiful photos of your clowder. I can't imagine people eating them. Yuck. Voted up and more.


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Hi Shannie ! I love cats and I love people who love cats too ! Neet Hub ! Hey how do you spell neat ? ++++++, Oh yeaa.......

Cat thinks she's a cat !

What do Ya think of that !


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Mhatter. So sorry your Siamese didn't like your wife. They are finicky critters.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Haha, phoenix, I hear that's true about Siamese! I swear, though, it really sounded as if he was telling the rat to come out to his waiting mouth. Too bad it was at the expense of our sleeping because I'm fairly certain the rat wasn't coming out. hehe


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Uh, I'll take your word for that, Eric. LOL


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

There's one of my favorite cats right there! Hi, Cat! Missed ya, too. I'm hit or miss around here lately or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. But you have my number and email address and I can use FB via my phone.

Hahaha....note to self: don't let Cat rub her scent all over me.

Love ya, sis!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, FlourishAnyway. Those were cats I had growing up in that group photo. :) That particular Siamese used to sleep in the strangest places. He wasn't the one to beg for the rats to let him eat them, but he was in our house when it burned to the ground. :(


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Ed. You're lucky I like ya, 'cause Shannie was one nickname I never liked to tolerate. Haha

About Cat. . .hmm....she's one of my favorite Cats in the world, but I don't think I can count her as one of my favorite "cats." She's talking about claiming people by rubbing her scent all over them. . . what do you think of that? Haha I prefer an old-fashioned hug.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Shan,

Gee, I thought you'd dump me by now... or at least tie my tail to something! I sooooo owe you a phone call! I can't believe how crazy life seems to be for me lately... doesn't seem like I have time to breathe! (I put the e on the word just for you :D )

Okay.. no rubbing my scent, lol!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Yay! She learned how to spell 'breathe'! But, you didn't point out all my spinach. I had to clean my own teeth earlier!

Nah, no dumping friends. You know where and how to find me any time at all :)

Life is crazy indeed. Just hold on for the ride!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Ha ha... actually, I read this very carefully... keeping spinach in mind and I didn't see any myself, honestly I was quite impressed! :D

I think about ya all the time... I swear! I'll call you (I know, I know, you've heard this before... but I will!)

I hope all is well, well, as well as it could be :D


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Good, maybe it was subtle spinach. It's gone now, anyway. hehe

Yes, all is as well as it can be right now. Just trying to remember to enjoy the crazy ride.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Yes, try to remember to enjoy the crazy ride.... it'd be much easier if they put a few more hours in the day! lol


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I was so busy reading the comments that I almost forgot to comment myself!

The photos are all so cute! And I love your random facts. A few of them were a little twisted!

Thanks for sharing this with us. I voted up and all of the way across, and I am going to share it. I'll share it on Google Plus, too, because my mom loves cats!

Have a wonderful day!

~ Kathryn


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Sugahware 3 years ago from California

Always love a good cat hub! There is always so much dog chatter it's nice to see something about our feline friends. I love your pics. One of your dogs looks just like my puppy! Voted up!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Eh, a few more hours in the day would not do much because I tend to ignore the "laws" of sleep anyway. Maybe more of me would be the answer to that predicament. What say you, Cat? hahaha


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Haha. Yes, Kathryn, some hubs have some comments that are as interesting as the hub, sometimes more so. Thanks for sharing! I agree some of those are a bit twisted.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Sugahware, thanks for reading! I am definitely more of a cat person than a dog person. That dog is not so little anymore, though. He's just over a year old, but a full grown lab-shepherd mix. :)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Hahaha, I just noticed how many exclamation points I typed up in the comment section. Wow, it looks like I am as excited as one of those little yippy dogs. Lol.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Shan!!!

I know... I know... I'm a terrible friend, I miss you though, I do and I think about you every day... and I know a little birdie that very much would like me to say hi to you! :D


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Haha! Kathryn, cats are exciting!!!!! hehe ;)


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Well, tell , the birdie I said hello back. Miss ya, girlie, but I haven't really gone anywhere.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

shan... lol, I know you haven't gone anywhere... or at least I didn't think so, it's me! I can't get much time lately to do the things I WANT to do!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Ah! LOL...Well, I wasn't quite sure what you meant because you commented about me being scarce around here. I've just been scarce from the net in general, but other methods of reaching me are intact for now. haha.....Can't help you with your time consuming tasks, though....would if I could! I know how it feels. It stinks when the only thing keeping me from doing things I want is the time factor due to other obligations, if that makes any sense.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

shan,

Ah... here is is, five minutes after midnight and the first I'm able to get on HP... and I have to be on the road in 4+ hours... where are people supposed to sleep? Geesh!

Yes, you make complete sense, to me anyway! 'Course, I do have a degree in Spinach Analysis :D


shanmarie 3 years ago

Oh, honey, that's way beyond spinach analysis. That's being able to hope on my crazy thought train and hang on for the ride!


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I'm finally catching up on reading and found this one in my group notifications! So glad I didn't miss it, it is funny and interesting. I didn't know half of these and I love cats. Great to see new work of yours, I've missed seeing you around here! :-) Lurana


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Uh, don't sleep while driving, Cat! ;)


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Oh, geeesh, stupid phone auto corrected hop to hope after I hit submit! Oh well, we are talking spinach here. . .


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

I didn't know some of them either, Lurana, but I was having fun discovering these random things. There were many more, but I thought maybe people would get tired of an overly long list.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Believe me Shan Marie there's nothing random about cats , lol.

Well my little birdette it's so nice to see you once again and I sincerely hope all is well with you. I've been communicating through Cat as you probably know.

I will most definitely bookmark this most interesting collection of facts and will relay this as a bedtime story to my two cats Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel and will also post and link on my FB wall as well.

Sending you warm wishes from the three of us at Canadian time 4:03pm


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Epi. It's sincerely appreciated that you've thought about me. All is as well as can be. Things can be and have been worse, so I will be thankful for the things that I do have. If I can, I'll try to be around more. :)

Also, thanks for sharing this hub on your FB page.

Warm wishes to you and to Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel as well.

P.S. - You might omit some of the facts from your furry friends, as they could cause nightmares for the poor babies. ;)


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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

shanmarie... this is such an interesting hub.. maybe the interplay with you and Cat is a tiny bit better .. but .. noooo way. you two should take your comedy routine on the road .. who knows ..?

used to have a cat when I was young but turned into a dog person.. you know it is more manly ..LOL, although I still want me a Kitty Cat..

great hub and love your work.

Michael


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

LOL...Looks like all the men want them a Kitty Cat. ;) Thanks so much for the visit, cleaner3.


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

You’ve presented some really interesting facts in a humorous way. Some I knew, and some I didn’t. Some random comments on your random facts:

1. May the people who eat cats be damned to hell in a dirty litter box!

2. I think “bird brained” refers to silly stupid people, not intelligence, so to call those people cat-brained would insult the cats.

3. The Catholics got what they deserved when they killed off the “evil” cats!

4. I definitely believe your story of the cat that called “come oooouutttttt” to the mouse. We had a cat that knew at least a dozen words. He actually called my husband by his name (as well as he could pronounce it, Wa-wee, Mr. B’s name is actually Larry) and he named me “Hello” (pronounced Heh-wo in cat language). He would call to us by name when he wanted one of us, and being the servants that we are, we would come running to do his bidding.

5. No, I don’t want any of that coffee at 200 bucks a cup!

Such an enjoyable hub, voted you up ++


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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

shan...(hope you don't mind me calling you that ) ha,ha ha .. touche'... my sweet woman

actually been trying to find a nice litter box and soft pillow ..so I can be ready for when that fine feline comes purring .. and softly jumps into my lap and then I know how wonderful it will be.. to have an affectionate

pussy cat . although in actuality she will only want what all Cats want .. to be fed and scratched behind the ears..!

Michael


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Awww....I love my kitties!! There is no way I could eat them!! How cruel is that??? Those people should be shot!! But I found your info here very interesting. Some things I didn't know. Some...I did. I would be lost without my kitties. Love them too much!! : ) Good hub, voted up!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

I love cats, dreamseeker. Couldn't imagine a cat as food myself, but on the other hand, I am not a vegetarian and have tried some strange things and heard of others I don't think I'd ever try. Thanks for stopping by. Probably not what you want to be remembered for, but I think of uou every time I have ro hear the noise of the phone texting. ;-)


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Well, I am glad you love kitties as much as I do, shanmarie. : ) That's good to know. lol...in regards to 'everytime you hear the noise of the phone texting?'


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas Author

Oh, I do love cats. I could easily be "the cat lady" if I lived on a farm or somewhere where dozens of cats around would be acceptable. hahaha I even want a pet pole cat!!!! Yeah....your "stop the noise" hub stuck with me, I guess. ;)


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Very fun to read. I love cats. My last one lived almost 20 years. I am assuming she died since she just left one day and never came back and she loved me too much to go anywhere else. Many told me cats will do that, just go off to die and she was an inside/outside cat. I really miss her. In the spring I think I will get sister kittens to always be company for each other. Sorry, you would think I just had a big shot of caffeine wouldn't you? lol

Up and sharing.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

LOL...No worries, Jackie! I can be quite verbose myself. ;) Seriously, though, I know what you mean. I miss having a cat around. I never had cats that went outdoors until I met my husband. Since then, I've had many that wander off and do not return. Some I have assumed died off in the woods somewhere. Others probably got picked up by someone else for being so friendly.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

This is a very interesting collection of cat facts and sometimes, man's foolishness. I would like to add that cats are far more photogenic than dogs. I wonder if it's because their minds are more similar to human minds, and we love taking selfies, lol.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi grand old lady! Cats most definitely have more interesting personalities than dog. They're often more photogenic, too, I agree. Humans even like selfies with their kitties. ;)


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Fun read. My last cat lived almost 20 years; i must get another one or two soon, they are such fun.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

I missed the sound of cats purring and their crazy antics. So I recently got two kittens. Nothing is quite so soothing as a cat purring in my ear.

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