Cool Facts About Cats
Cats and humans have been associated for nearly 10,000 years. In fact, the first known remains of a pet cat were found in Cyprus, dating back 9,500 years. That’s 4,000 years older than the well-documented Egyptian art and admiration depicting cats. Despite all this, there is an air of mystery that surrounds the everyday house cat. We’ve got nine facts to match the nine lives of cats.
- Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping. This translates to about 13-16 hours a day. They also spend about 15% of their day grooming, which explains why most house cats are so clean.
- House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers. Though they obviously vary in size, cats and tigers have similar behaviors including scent and urine marking, pouncing, and prey stalking.
- House cats can reach speeds up to 30 mph over short distances. Look out, Usain Bolt!
- Meows are not innate to cat language. Studies show that wild cats and feral cats do not communicate with each other using meows but rather lower vocalizations or chemical cues. The meow was solely developed in order for cats to communicate with humans.
- Cats walk in sequence. This means that they move both right feet first then both left feet. This helps make them silent but lethal hunters. The only other animals known to walk this way are camels and giraffes.
- Cats have intense night vision. Their eyes allow them to see light levels six times lower than what the average human needs in order to see.
- Their hearing is at least five times keener than that of the average human adult. They have 32 muscles in each ear, allowing them to swivel 180 degrees to pinpoint sound.
- A cat has been to outer space. On October 18, 1963, Felicette, also known as “Astrocat” traveled into the Great Unknown, and she is the only feline to do so.
- A cat’s whiskers aren’t just cute – they serve an important function. A cat’s whiskers are embedded deep in their body. They’re connected to the cat’s sensitive muscular and nervous system, acting as touch and information receptors. Whiskers allow cats to sense and respond to changes in their atmosphere and help them get around, especially at night.