- Pets and Animals
20 Random and Interesting Cat Facts
Cats have been around for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians worshiped them and some people still practically worship them today. But how well do you know your furry little feline friend? Here are some facts to prepare you for the next time someone asks a cat question on trivia night.
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 fur coat for your wintertime warmth. 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 similar to humans 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 eight hours per day, humans spend about 2/3 of their life awake, which would be just the opposite of a cat.)
7. Clowder is the word that refers to a group of cats. So there used to be a clowder of feral cats living in the woods across the street from my home, sometimes in my yard.
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. Some cats like to bite when they are not feeling so affectionate. And also when they are. I know that from experience.
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.
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 children cut them off with scissors.