How well do you really know your tiny pad-footed friend? Well, in case you thought you couldn’t get to know your favorite feline companion any better, think again! We’ve got some fascinating feline facts that will have you looking at your furry friend with a whole new understanding. Check it out:
- Cats spend nearly two-thirds of their lives asleep.
- Cats spend almost 50% of their day grooming. The purpose of this intense self-care is to help tone down their scent to avoid predators. It also helps cool them down, promotes blood flow, and distributes natural oils around their coat.
- Cats have a great sense of balance, but contrary to popular belief, cats don’t always land on their feet when they fall. More often than not, however, they are able to land with all four paws touching the ground and can adjust their bodies accordingly. Cats can also spread their legs out to sail through the air like a parachute to slow themselves.
- Even if you aren’t allergic to cats, it turns you, your cat may be allergic to you! It’s estimated that one in 200 cats have asthma, and that number continues to rise among indoor cats. This is because indoor cats are more frequently exposed to human dandruff, dust, smoke, pollen, etc.
- While greyhound dogs are the animals most often associated with speed, the fact is cats are also pretty fast, too. In fact, on average, they can clock around 30 miles per hour running!
- Most cats are light weight, weighing only in the single or low-double digits. But, there are some breeds that are massive. Norwegian Forest Cats, Maine Coons and Ragdolls, for example, range in weight from 15 to 22 pounds!
- Experts believe that cats love to cuddle up in boxes and small spaces because the closed spaces make them feel more protected, secure, and like they’re back in the womb. This act is also believed to help cats retain more body heat so that they stay nice and toasty, and therefore more relaxed.
- Cats are genetically unable to taste sweets. This is why they’ll do everything they can to nibble off of your plate if there’s meat on it, but they won’t even touch it if there’s something sweet like cupcake.
- Cats are made of up more bones than the human body, which contains 206. Cats have 244 bones.
- Cats sweat through their paws. And, sometimes, when they get too hot, they pant like dogs.
- It’s estimated that there are almost 86 million pet cats in the U.S. alone while there are only an estimated 78 million pet dogs.
- Cats can jump up to five times their height or six times their length. And, they make it look entirely effortless!
- Cats are often used to aid in controlling rodent populations. In fact, they’re so effective that Disneyland allows approximately 200 feral cats to roam their grounds to help keep vermin away. They’re all spayed or neutered, of course, and they’re well taken care of by park staffers who provide extra food and medical care for their furry troops.
Cats are fascinating creatures that are just full of surprises!