If you are a cat lover, then you may think that you know just about everything there is to know about cats. While that may be true, there are a few fun, surprising and less known facts about cats that you may not really be aware of.
Whether you just want to learn more about cats, or you want to test your knowledge about cats to see just how much you already know, this list of 20 facts is sure to surprise even the most avid cat lover at least once! Without further ado, let’s take a look at these 20 less known facts about our feline friends.
- Cats and dogs have been domesticated for about the same length of time, but dogs were first domesticated to help with hunting and friendship, while cats were domesticated to help with getting rid of pests in the home, such as rodents, mice and insects.
- When cats groom, they lose a lot of their body fluid through saliva. In fact, they will lose just about as much fluid from their body when they groom themselves as they do when they urinate. Seems crazy, but it’s true.
- The only purebred cat that is native to the United States is the Maine coon cat, which is found in the Northeastern United States most commonly. They are, however, now found all across the United States.
- The very first domesticated cat to come to the United States came over on the Mayflower voyage, and they stuck around ever since. What would our lives be like if our furry little friends were never brought over here? That would be a boring life, in my opinion.
- Female cats are known for being superfecund. What’s that, you may ask? Each kitten that is born to a pregnant cat can have a different father. So, if your cat has had a litter of kittens recently, they may not all belong to the same father.
- Cats should always eat foods that are specifically formulated for cats. That means that you don’t want your cat to eat dog food. Dog food lacks an essential nutrient that cat’s need- taurine. If they eat dog food solely and go without this nutrient, it could lead to blindness. Make sure that you keep your cat out of the dog food bowl.
- A cat’s purr is the same frequency as that of a diesel engine that is idling. While it may not seem that way, its true!
- A majority of cats that are solid white with blue eyes are completely deaf. While this isn’t always the case, it is true in about 80% of solid white cats with blue eyes. If you have a white cat and they have blue eyes, test to see if they can hear you. Chances are they can’t.
- Not even a century ago, the average lifespan of a housecat was only around 8 years of age. Over the years, it has doubled to around 16 years of age. This is due mostly to the advancements in veterinary technology and care.
- Catnip is not effective in all cats. In fact, only about 20% of cats have a reaction to catnip. This is because the other 80% lack the gene that is required to get that ‘euphoric’ feeling from the catnip.
- Cats spend an average of about 65% of their entire lifetime asleep, while another 30% of their time is spent grooming themselves. This only leaves about 5% of time for playing and eating! It may seem like even less than that at times, because a majority of their play time is at night since they are nocturnal.
- The biggest recorded litter of kittens was back in the 1970’s, when 19 kittens were born to an English cat. Surprisingly enough, 15 of the kittens survived!
- A cat in Texas has given birth to over 400 kittens over the span of her lifetime, which is the highest in recorded history thus far.
- Texas also has the recognition for the longest living cat in the world. The cat’s name was Crème Puff, and he lived to be 38 years old! As we said earlier, the average is around 16 years. This kitty doubled that expectation.
- Cats aren’t the best when it comes to catching mice. While you may think that all you need is a few cats around the house to keep the mice away, and that may be true when it comes to keeping them scared off, they are really only successful at catching mice about a third of the time.
- Antifreeze and aspirin are fatal to cats, so you never want to give your cat aspirin for pain, and you always want to keep an eye on fluid leaks with your car. Keep your cat away from leaking antifreeze. Onions and garlic are also not good for cats, as they have enzymes that are not easily broken down in their digestive system and can make them sick.
- Cats have a tendency to be more attracted to women than they are to men, and this is due to the fact that women’s voices are higher pitched.
- People who are allergic to cats are not actually allergic to the cat hair, and to surprise you even just a bit more, they really aren’t even allergic to the dander. The sebum that is secreted by your cat’s sebaceous glands is actually what people are allergic to, and some cats don’t have this secretion, making them hypoallergenic.
- There are more captive ‘large breed’ cats, such as tigers, in the world, than there are in the wild.
- In just the United States, there are over 7,000 large breed cats, such as tigers, that are kept as pets.
As you can see, cats are pretty amazing creatures. Did any of these fun facts surprise you, or did you find that your knowledge of cats is pretty extensive? Let us know what facts surprised you the most! Comment below and share fun information about your own cat, because we all know they are unique in their own ways!
They say some people are ‘dog people’ and others are ‘cat people’. I’m a cat person! I got my first cat when I was in the 2nd grade. I had to beg my mom to let me keep him. He was an orange tabby, and I have been partial to them ever since! We currently have three cats.
Being a cat person, I am always trying to learn more about why cats do the things they do. Cats are such loving animals, but they can be so fickle. I guess I can kind of relate to their behavior, and that is probably what attracts me to them.