Feline Facts


Here are some fun feline facts to talk about with friends and family?

  • Both cats and humans have areas of the brain responsible for emotion.
  • Cat people are 11% more likely to be introverted.
  • Cats rub on people and objects to mark their territory.
  • A cat has more bones than a human. Humans have 206 but cats have around 230 depending on the length of the tail. The cat’s collar bone is not connected with other bones but is buried in the muscles of the shoulder. This allows cats to squeeze through any opening the size of their head
  • Cats have about 20 muscles that control the outer ear compared to humans that have 6.
  • A cat’s jaw can only move up and down, it cannot move side to side like dogs and humans.
  • Cats purr at about the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, about 26 cycles per second
  • Cats can be right pawed or left pawed, walk on their toes, and only sweat through their foot pads.
  • Normal body temperature for a cat is 102 degrees F.
  • The technical term for a “hair ball” is bezoar.
  • A cat has two vocal chords and can make over 100 sounds while dogs can only make 10.
  • A domestic house cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour. Faster than Usain Bolt.
  • The Pilgrims were the first to introduce cats to North America.
  • A group of cats is called a “Clowder”, a group of kittens is sometimes called a “Kindle”.
  • The first cat show was held in England in 1871
  • A cat spends approximately 30% of its life grooming and 70% of its life sleeping.
  • Silks created by weavers in Baghdad were inspired by the beautiful and varied colors and markings of cats. These fabrics were called “tabby” by European traders.
  • Abraham Lincoln kept four cats in the White House.
  • Isaac Newton is credited for inventing the “cat door”.
  • Cats can jump up to 7 times their tail length.
  • A cat’s field of vision is about 200 degrees
  • In 1987, cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America.
  • Cats usually dislike citrus scents.
  • Cats are often lactose intolerant and should not be given milk.
  • A cat has a total of 24 whiskers, four rows of whiskers on each side. The upper two rows can move independently of the bottom two rows. Cats use their whiskers to detect if they can move through a space.
  • Kitty litter was “invented” in 1947 when a man asked his neighbor to try a dried granulated clay to absorb grease spills in factories.
  • The Egyptian word for cat is “Mau”
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