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Crazy Cat Facts!

Updated on September 4, 2012
My goal is to make sure you are always underneath me!
My goal is to make sure you are always underneath me!

Did You Know...

Cats have the ability to choose shapes, such as triangles, out of a group of circles. Other than primates they are the only species to have this ability.

Cats do not understand punishment like humans, they must be praised and rewarded for good behavior instead.

Scientists still do not know what creates the purring sound in cats, but it is believed that it originates in the cardiovascular system instead of the throat.

Cats can not taste sweets.

Contrary to belief, cats like human interaction.

Cats respond to names best when they end in an "ee" sounds.

Meowing is their way of speaking with humans, and they use different sounds to communicate with each other.

The smallest adult cat in the world was only 2.75 inches tall and 7.5 inches long and he named Tinker Toy.

The oldest cat documented is a female tabby named "Ma" and lived to be 34!

Cats have over 100 vocal sounds while dogs only have ten.

Cats not only smell with their nose but also with the Jacobson's organ which is located on the upper part of their mouth. That explains those weird faces they make!

Cats "knead" with their paws when they are content or happy.

The average lifespan of an indoor cat is 15 years, while an outside cat's average is only 3-5 years.

The cat is one of the only animals that can stare fixedly into the human eye.

Cats fit into tiny openings because they have no collar bone and a small chest cavity!

Purring means cats are happy, but can also mean they are in pain, sick or even dying. They use purring in the wild to hide their distress so they don't get eaten!

Calico and Torti cats are female, and occasionally can be a sterile male.

Cats have a third eyelid called a "haw" which you normally won't see extended unless kitty is sick.

When cats raise their tail and show you their rear-end that means they are friendly with you and are offering the opportunity to sniff their scent!

Sticking as close to possible as their diet in the wild will improve their health, skin, coat and also extend their life span.

When a cat is frightened, it's body hair stands up evenly; when the cat is ready to attack the hair stands up in a narrow band alone the spine and tail.

Cats do not need to blink regularly to keep their eyes lubricated like humans.

Because cats have an amazing hearing ability, they can sense bad weather before we have any idea it is going to happen.

Cats brains are more similar to humans than dogs are. Humans and cats have identical regions in the brain that are responsible for emotions.

When cats show you their belly, that means they fully trust you.

Because a cats nose is so sensitive, it is believed they can sense disease and predict death.

Spaying/Neutering your pet extends their life span!


Cats sure are amazing creatures!



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    • Lionrhod profile image

      Lionrhod 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      So THAT's why my kitties are always sticking their tails in my face. How...sweet.

      Great hub and fun info.

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      Alyssa 4 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

      Aww that's great! She's had a wonderful life. Thank you for your feedback;-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great little hub. I love cats. My white Lily is an indoor/outdoor cat and she is almost 18! February is her birthday.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      Your welcome. I have two cats.

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      Alyssa 5 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

      Thank you, they are my babies! They certainly are:-)

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      Really nice pictures of the cats. Its interesting to read about cats and facts about them. Very informative and great hub! Cats are so beautiful and wonderful pets.

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      Alyssa 5 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

      Thank you so much, I appreciate you passing it along!

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these fascinating facts. Two of my friends are extreme cat lovers. I'll share this hub with them and see if they've known about any of these cat fun facts.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      I love the independence of cats, even though it can sometimes be infuriating...like when you are trying to get them inside and they turn away and walk off. You missed a couple of very important catty traits. They always want to be at the other side of whatever door is nearby, and love to walk across the floor you have just cleaned, or the cement you have just laid very interesting hub, voted up as such.

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      We Save Cats 5 years ago from SE Kansas

      Great Hub! I swear, the only people who don't love cats, are those unfortunate souls who don't really know them. Thanks for helping to right this wrong in such a cool way.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      KeithTax...GREAT idea...I'm sharing, too...

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      Alyssa 5 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

      I am glad to hear even a dog lover finds this article enjoyable, thank you!

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      B Lucy 5 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      Full disclosure . . I'm a dog person! But I have owned cats in the past and have to say this hub was not only educational but quite enjoyable.

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      Alyssa 5 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

      Thanks Keith, I am glad you find it interesting:-)

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      Keith Schroeder 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'm sharing this on Facebook.

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      Alyssa 5 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

      Amy that could be why, I had the same problem when I named one of my kitties Chester!

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      Alyssa 5 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

      Thank you so much, I am glad I can appeal to all of the other cat lovers out there too! There's always something new to learn about them!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      FANTASTIC!!!!!!! What a GREAT hub! I LOVE this! And, even though I am the quintessential Cat Lady, I learned a thing or two reading this incredibly informative hub. THANK YOU so much....btw....did you know that only about 1 in 40 - 50 yellow tabby cats are female; they are somewhat rare, too. Also, I have seen so much behaviors and vocal range/difference, eye to eye contact, exposed bellies, raised tails (uh...no thanks!), purring while happy or feeling badly....that underscore your smart observations. Also, cats are known to purr when they are dieing...again, as a form of comfort...you get an A+++++++++++ for this fabulous article which, without a doubt, showcases why cats are such lovely, wonderful and smart companions. Yes!!!!!

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      I didn't know that cat's respond better to the 'ee' sound... Now I know why my cat Bailey responds when I call him and Ramona doesn't. This is a great hub and cat lovers like me will find this very interesting! I know I did. Great hub, shared and voted all ups!!