11 Fun Facts About Cats

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  • 15 December 2017
  • Pet Wants

Cats are truly amazing animals. If you’re the proud parent of a cat, you know just how much enjoyment and entertainment your pet brings into your home. To celebrate the long list of traits that make cats so special, we want to share 11 fun facts about them:

1. Have you ever watched a cat climb down a tree? If so, you probably noticed something quite interesting. When a cat goes down a tree, it does so by backing down. The reason kitties can’t climb head-first down a tree is because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way.

2. Felines don’t have a sweet tooth. While dogs often love sweet tastes, scientists believe that the mutation of a key taste receptor removed this desire from cats.

3. Cats take a different approach to chasing a target than both dogs and humans. While the latter two groups bob their heads up and down, cats keep their head level throughout an entire chase.

4. A cat is able to make ten times more sounds than dogs. Chattering, growling, and meowing are just a few of the nearly 100 sounds that cats are able to make.

5. France was the first country to send a cat into space. Not only did Felicette the Astrocat send neurological signals back to Earth in 1963, but she survived the entire trip.

6. When it comes to breeds, dogs outnumber cats by a factor of nearly nine. But cats are the winners in terms of total pets, with nearly half a billion domestic kitties around the globe.

7. The smallest pedigreed cat is a Singapura, which can weigh just four pounds. The largest pedigreed felines are Maine Coon cats, which can weigh up to twenty-five pounds.

8. Hearing is another area where cats win over dogs. And as far as how they compare to humans, cats are able to hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher.

9. A cat’s sense of smell isn’t the only trait that’s very impressive. Cats are also incredibly fast. Over a short distance, most cats are capable of hitting a top speed of 31 MPH.

10. Although scientists still haven’t pinpointed exactly how cats purr, it’s widely agreed that this sound originates from vibrating vocal folds deep in the throat. Experts also think that accomplishing this requires a muscle in the larynx to open and close the air passage about 25 times per second.

11. As far as brains go, kitties actually have more in common with humans than they do with dogs. That’s because both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

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