Facts About Cats
Meow, Meow! I love cats, and I’m sure a lot of you girls do too.
1. Cats outnumber dogs as pets in America. There are 94.2 million pet cats and 89.7 million dogs, according to American Pet Products Association 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey.
2. The righting reflex, an orientation ability in order to land on its feet, has helped some cats survive falls from over 32 stories , or 367 feet on solid ground.
3. A cat has 32 muscles, which control the outer ear and also serve as a mood barometer when the ear position suggests emotions ranging from happiness to anger.
4. Cats cannot taste sweets because their taste buds lack the sugar detectors due to a genetic deficiency.
5. They can, however, taste water, and actually find it tasty. Also, they can drink seawater, as their kidneys are efficient enough to filter out the salt and use the desalinated water for hydration.
6. Cats sleep for about 16-20 hours day. New born tend to sleep the entire day. On average, cats sleep for almost 70 percent of their lives!
7. One of the reasons a kitten sleeps so much is because it releases a growth hormone during sleep.
8. According to a 2008 University of Minnesota research, keeping a cat as a pet can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by nearly one third!
9. Cats have three eyelids. The third eyelid is a tiny triangle of pinkish or whitish tissue, which is usually visible in the corner of the eye.
10. The world’s smallest cat, named Tinker Toy, is just 2.75 inches tall! (Picture below!)
11. Cats use their whiskers as a sensory tool to find their way in the dark.
12. A group of cats is called a clowder or a glaring.
13. Female cats are usually right-pawed and males left-pawed.
14. When a cat rubs against people that does not only mean that it’s getting affectionate, but also that it is marking out its territory with its scent glands (i.e you don’t own your cat, your cat owns you!) .
15. Cats hate getting in the water because their fur does not insulate well when it gets wet. One of the few breeds of cat that likes to swim is the Turkish Van, nicknamed “swimming cats.”
If you have a cat or multiple cats, comment their name down below!