Facts About Cats

  • Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.

  • There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.

  • A group of cats is called a clowder.

  • Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears.

  • Cats sleep 70% of their lives.

  • A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.

  • And one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013.

  • In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping meat.

  • When cats grimace, they are usually “taste-scenting.” They have an extra organ that, with some breathing control, allows the cats to taste-sense the air.

  • Cats can’t taste sweetness.

  • Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.

  • Wikipedia has a recording of a cat meowing because why not?

  • The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long.

  • Evidence suggests domesticated cats have been around since 3600 B.C., 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs.

  • A cat’s purr may be a form of self-healing, as it can be a sign of nervousness as well as contentment.

  • Similarly, the frequency of a domestic cat’s purr is the same at which muscles and bones repair themselves.

  • Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans.

  • The world’s richest cat is worth $13 million after his human passed away and left her fortune to him.

  • Your cat recognizes your voice but just acts too cool to care (probably because they are).

  • Cats are often lactose intolerant, so stop givin’ them milk!

  • Basically all cartoon cats lied to us: Raw fish is off the table for cats as well.

  • The oldest cat video on YouTube dates back to 1894 (when it was made, not when it was uploaded, duh).

  • In the 1960s, the CIA tried to turn a cat into a bonafide spy by implanting a microphone into her ear and a radio transmitter at the base of her skull. She somehow survived the surgery but got hit by a taxi on her first mission.

  • The technical term for “hairball” is “bezoar.”

  • Female cats are typically right-pawed while male cats are typically left-pawed.

  • Cats make more than 100 different sounds whereas dogs make around 10.

  • A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s — more similar than to a dog’s.

  • Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that control emotion.

  • A cat’s cerebral cortex (the part of the brain in charge of cognitive information processing) has 300 million neurons, compared with a dog’s 160 million.

  • Cats have a longer-term memory than dogs, especially when they learn by actually doing rather than simply seeing.

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