ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

25 Interesting Facts About Cats

Updated on March 27, 2017

Siamese Cat

Siamese cats are beautiful and very protective of their home territory. Like all cats they sleep a bunch but their also playful with toys.
Siamese cats are beautiful and very protective of their home territory. Like all cats they sleep a bunch but their also playful with toys. | Source

A Great House Pet

Cats make great house pets and they are also good for getting rid of rats and other rodents. As a matter of fact, cats are proud to bring you dead birds and rats as presents. Even though cats appear mysterious, they like their time alone but, later they may change their minds and they actually love attention. Each cat that I have had other the years has their own personality and funny mannerisms.

Studies have concluded that domesticated house cats came from West Asia c. 8,000 BC. They descended from the African Wildcat.

Cats are the number one house pet in the United States followed closely by dogs at number two.

Cats Love Sleeping

Cats spend around 70% of their life sleeping. That's a third of their life. I guess that's why they have so much energy when they are awake.
Cats spend around 70% of their life sleeping. That's a third of their life. I guess that's why they have so much energy when they are awake. | Source

Cats?

Do you own a cat?

See results

Fascinating Facts About Cats

Popular Cat Breeds

Siamese Cat
Persian Cat
Maine Coon
Rag doll
Sphynx Cat
Scottish Fold
Cornish Rex
Himalayan Cat
 
 
 
 
Eight of the most popular cat breeds in the United States.

Cats in Cartoons

This list is my personal top 10 favorite cat cartoons. I would live to hear which is your number one cat cartoon, Please be sure and leave your comments in the capsule at the bottom of this article.


1. Tom (Tom and Jerry) Tom is the cat and he is always trying to catch Jerry the mouse and it never works and almost always backfires.

2. Sylvester (Looney Tunes) Sylvester is best known for trying to catch Tweety bird.

3. Garfield (Garfield) Garfield was a great comic strip and cartoon.

4. Heathcliff (Heathcliff) Heathcliff was the flagship cartoon on Nickelodeon for many years.

5. Snowball 2 (The Simpsons) The Simpson family's second cat.

6. Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy) Stimpy is the odd looking cat on Ren and Stimpy.

7. Felix (Felix the Cat) Felix was the first silent picture cat and later brought to regular cartoons as well.

8. Scratchy (The Simpsons) Scratchy is the cat on The Itchy and Scratchy Show which appears on The Simpsons.

9. Pink Panther (The Pink Panther) This pink cat is always into something and whether it is a comic, cartoon or even a movie The Pink Panther is hilarious.

10. Top Cat (Top Cat) This cat constantly talked trash and made wise cracks.

Fun Facts About Cats

Their are many interesting facts about cats that explain a great deal about their actions. Cats are very mysterious but their is a method behind their madness if you will.
Their are many interesting facts about cats that explain a great deal about their actions. Cats are very mysterious but their is a method behind their madness if you will. | Source

25 Facts About Felines

1. Sounds: Cats make over 100 different sounds. By comparison a dog can make around 10 sounds. Cats purr, hiss, meow and even growl among other noises.

2. Fast: Cats can run up to 31 MPH for short periods of time. That's three times faster than the average human can muster.

3. Jaws: A Feline cannot move it's jaws from side to side only up and down. This is why they can only eat small bites at a time.

4. Ears: Cats have 32 ear muscles compared to 6 in a human. A cat can rotate it's ears to pick up sounds.

5. Paws: The bottom of a cat's paw is where some of its sweat comes through and also the paws are using in for recognizing scents. (The tail and whiskers also detect scents.)

6. Disneyland: In California, Disneyland releases over 200 cats every single night to control any possible rat infestation. The cats are cared for in the day time and sent out on the hunt at night.

7. High Jumper: A cat can jump 5 times it's actual height. That's pretty high especially without a running start.

8. Back Bones: Cats have 53 loose vertebrae compared with 34 in humans. Also, cats do not have collarbones and they can be very flexible.

9. Heart Beat: A cat's heart beats almost twice as fast as a human heart does. A cats heart beats between 110-140 beats per minute!

10. Sugar: Cats do not have a sweet tooth. They can't detect sugar or sweet in food at all!

11. Cat Bites: Annually around 40,000 humans are bitten by cats in the United States. The vast majority of the bites are minor.

12. Lots of Kitties: The largest cat litter on record is 19 kittens and 15 of them survived to have long lives. That's a bunch of kitties running around meowing.

13. Lots of Bones: A cat has has 230 bones in its body. By comparison a human has 206 bones in our body.

14. Milk: Although cats love milk they should never be given milk because they are lactose intolerant. The cat doesn't know any better so if you lay it out they will lick it up.

15. Nose Print: Cat's have a fingerprint like a human except instead of its finger it's the cat's nose believe it or not. A cat can be positively identified by its nose prints.

16. Free Falling: Cats have been known to survive falls from as high as 65 feet high without even breaking theIr bones. They land almost always on all four feet with perfect balance and their legs flexed.

17. Tough Tongue: Cats have sandpaper like tongues so that they can clean themselves efficiently and for eating their meals and cleaning meat off of bones of it's prey.

18. Grass Eater: When a cat is spotted eating grass it is because it helps with food digestion and it helps them get rid of hair balls easier. Cats can eat nasty things and grass helps them eliminate their sickness.

19. Pregnant: Felines usually carry their young for around 9 weeks compared to 9 months for a person. That's a very short term Prenancy to say the least.

20. Old Blue Eyes: Most kittens are born with blue eyes and later as they grow their eye color changes. Of course some cats just maintain having blue eyes.

21. Toes: Cats have five toes on their front paws and four toes on their back which allow them to climb trees, houses and other high rises with ease.

22. Dark: A cat can see in almost total darkness. But it cannot see colors the same as we do.

23. Big Cat: The largest domesticated cat on record weighed over 46 pounds. That's one big kitty cat.

24. Life Expectancy: Cats love on average from 11-15 years although some live to around 20 years of age. If the cat is taken care of, exercised and on a proper diet, it will have a much longer and healthier lifetime.

25. Sandy Litter: Cat litter was made from sand until it was discovered in 1948 that using Clay was much more absorbent and cost efficient.

15 Crazy Cat Facts

© 2014 Buster Johnson

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Bob Bamberg profile image

      Bob Bamberg 3 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Very interesting hub, Leslie, and a fun read. You might check your resources again about whiskers and tails detecting scents. I know whiskers can collect scents and direct them to the VNO, and that tails can leave scents, but I don't believe that either of them can detect scents independently. When I was at Disney World in Orlando last year, I would see cats while on my pre-dawn walk, and a staffer told me they were there for environmentally friendly rodent control. Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • OldRoses profile image

      Caren White 3 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      Cats are also used in greenhouses to control rodents which eat the plants. at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, they have signs asking people not to pet the cats in the garden because they are working at pest control.

      Very interesting hub!

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I enjoyed hub and the videos, but then I enjoy anything good written about cats. Cats are smart all right. One we used to have was part Siamese. He had a vocabulary of 10 or 12 words and knew what they meant. He called his daddy by his name, and he called me “hello” (pronounced HE WO). I recorded his voice once and put the tape away. Then in a rush I grabbed it and recorded over it before I realized what I was doing. Nobody believes me when I say he could talk. Voted up and awesome.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 23 months ago from America

      My cats would be no good in either Disney park. They won't catch mice even if they run right in front of them.

      My big white cat has always been strange. Right now he's on Prozac, he was pulling his hair out and wouldn't come out of the basement. He had a hard year last year many things happened in my family and it seem to upset him. I am shocked at how well he is now doing. He's not pulling hair and he's out of the basement.

      One of our cats lived to 21. Enjoyed your hub.

    Click to Rate This Article