25 Surprising Facts About Cats

Cats, along with dogs, are some of the most popular pets in the world. However, not all of their breeds live in comfortable apartments – countless numbers of these creatures still lead a wild and free lifestyle. And, if you think about it, we simply do not know a lot of facts about cats, despite the fact that they live next door to us.

  • The ancestors of modern domestic cats are miacids, small animals that lived on trees over 40 million years ago. The first representatives of cats in their usual form appeared about 12 million years ago.
  • Cats cannot taste sweet things.
  • The door for domestic cats was invented by the outstanding scientist Isaac Newton.
  • Cats are most often left-handed, and cats are often right-handed.
  • Owners of cats are 17% more likely to have an academic degree.
  • Many are touched when cats rub against their feet, although in fact animals simply mark their territory so.
  • Cats’ brains are very similar to human ones – the same areas are responsible for emotions.
  • Cats reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in their owners by about a third.
  • The vast majority of cat owners (95%) talk to their pets.
  • The first cat, which the owner gave a name, lived in Ancient Egypt. The loving owner named her Nej, which translates to “cute.”
  • Cats are mentally inferior to dogs, but if desired, they can solve more complex problems.
  • Contrary to popular belief, many cats cannot tolerate milk. It is also better not to feed cats with raw fish.
  • The frequency of cats purring matches the rate of muscle and bone recovery.
  • Cats are capable of pronouncing about 100 sounds but dog only ten.
  • Cats spend about 70% of their lives in sleep.
  • The body length of the largest cat exceeded 1.2 meters.
  • Cats use about 20 muscles to move their ears.
  • There are approximately 500 million domestic cats in the world.
  • Cat Dusty got into the Guinness Book of Records due to her fertility – she gave birth to 420 kittens.
  • A third of cat owners consider their furry pets to be able to read their minds.
  • Cats sniff food before eating because this is how they determine its temperature.
  • According to some reports, Napoleon Bonaparte was terrified of cats.
  • A cat named Stubbs was the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years. Another cat tried to become the head of Mexico City in 2013.
  • In the original version of the Cinderella tale, the fairy godmother was a cat.
  • In Britain and Australia, black cats are believed to bring good luck.
Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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