Cats are, besides dogs, the most popular pets in the world. In fact, it is estimated that there are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, although it is hard to estimate this correctly and it is likely that this number is much higher.
If you are a cat owner, you probably already know a lot about cats but you certainly don’t know everything. With that in mind, we have selected some of the most interesting facts about cats for this article.
The Most Interesting Cat Facts
Knowing more about our feline friends can help us strengthen the bond between cats and humans. We hope that you will find these cat facts interesting and engaging.
Cats live for 12 to 15 years on average
However, indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats since they are protected from predators and exposure to various diseases, like those commonly spread by fleas and ticks. If your cat spends time outdoors, tick and flea prevention is crucial for her health.
The oldest living cat on record
It’s name was Crème Puff from Austin, Texas. This cat lived for 38 years and 3 days, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
A group of adult cats is called a clowder
This was the Middle English word for a huddle. Other terms for a group of cats include clutter, pounce and glaring. A group of wild cats is called destruction or a dowt, while the term for a group of kittens is a kindle.
Most domestic cats sleep between 14 and 16 hours a day
However, some cats can even sleep for 20 hours a day. On average, domestic cats spend 70 percent of their time sleeping and 15 percent grooming.
Cats have some unique physical abilities.
For example, the average cat can jump nearly six times her body length in a single bound or about 8 feet. Also, cats have amazing hearing, at least five times better than humans.
Domestic cats usually favor one paw over the other.
Female cats are more likely to be right-pawed, while male cats are usually left-pawed.
Cats are lethal hunters
One of their main advantages is their stealth since cats can be extremely sneaky. They can limit visible tracks and keep the noise down thanks to their ability to put their back paws in the almost exactly same spot where their front paws were beforehand.
Cats were extremely popular in Ancient Egypt
In fact, when a house cat passed away, the owner’s family would shave their eyebrows to show grief, after which the cat was often mummified. Also, killing a cat in Ancient Egypt was punished by death. One of the most popular cat breeds today, Egyptian Mau, is a direct descendent from those ancient Egyptian cats and it is considered to be one of the oldest cat breeds in the world. Additionally, the word for cat in Egyptian is Mau, think about that next time your pet cat is ‘talking’ to you.
Another cat breed, Scottish fold, has a really unique history
The breed first appeared in Scotland in the 1960s and today every Scottish Fold cat in the world can be traced back to the first one.
Cats are more vocal than dogs
It is estimated that cats can make over 100 different sounds, while dogs can only make around 10.
While cats love to drink milk, most cats are actually lactose intolerant
Ingesting milk can lead to stomach upset in adult cats and cause problems like vomiting and diarrhea.
Cats are very sensitive to vibrations
Experts believe that cats can detect tremors caused by earthquakes 10 to 15 minutes before any human.
Like fingerprints in humans, cats have a unique pattern on their nose pads
Cats don’t usually meow at each other
Instead, they use different verbal and non-verbal signs to communicate. This includes hissing, spitting, purring and many others. Meowing is reserved only for humans, especially when a cat’s food bowl is empty.
The world’s most expensive and rarest coffee is Kopi Luwak
The beans for this coffee come from Indonesia and they are collected from the feces of the Luwak wild white cat. This cat eats the beans but doesn’t digest them. Of course, the beans are cleaned and roasted after they are collected.
Isaac Newton invented the cat flap because his cat would wreck his experiments by constantly opening the door
Cats are very popular and unique creatures. Cat owners usually know a lot about cats but there are many interesting facts that are not commonly known.
We hope that our list of cat facts and trivia was fun and that you have learned something new about cats. These facts apply to the largest cats and the smallest ones. Memorize a few, you may not impress your cats but your friends will be thrilled.
If you are keen to learn more about cats, make sure to read our in-depth article on cat grooming tips.