14 Interesting Facts About Cats That May Purr-zles You
There’s no denying how cats are adorable, charming, and witty. Not only are they immensely cute, but they’re also fiercely independent, curious and loyal little creatures, making them the perfect lifelong companion. They may not show much affection compared to dogs but those little balls of furs give us enough reasons to why we love them so much.
With that said, how much do you know about your cats? If you’re a curious cat, have a look at some interesting facts about cats and all its furry glory. (P.S. If you have a cat, be sure to check out our list of cat themes too, it’s worth your dollar.)
1. Cats adore sleeping.
If you’re a cat owner, you probably know this already but cats love their sleep. Studies have shown that the average hours a cat would sleep is 16 - 18 hours per day. That’s almost 70% of their lifespan. That’s why, at most times, you’ll find your cat actively awake during late nights, randomly sprinting or being mischievous little felines.
2. Cats have no eyelashes, instead, they have three eyelids.
This may sound astonishing to you but cats possess three eyelids. (Really?) Yeah, it’s true. The third eyelid moves diagonally across the eye from its corners, moving faster compared to the other two. It is useful for clearing debris, avoiding dust, and other small particles from blocking their view. It’s a pretty handy physical attribute for a feline.
3. Cats can vocalize in 100 different ways.
You have probably heard your cats ‘meow’ more times than you can count. However, ‘meowing’ isn’t the only sound they can make. In reality, these cute, furry felines are capable of producing over 100 different sounds. For instance, they purr, trills, chirps, chatter, snarls, growls, caterwauls, and more. Not only that, but no one really quite knows why cats ‘meow’. Kittens make plaintive noises to get attention from their mother but cats never really interact with one another when fully grown. Some experts predict that cats only make sounds to convey their emotions and physical needs with their owner.
4. Cats can jump about six times their height.
Did you know that your cat may possess a superpower ability? (They can jump very high wannn.) Well, the superpower is a joke but cats can actually jump off pretty high or far away. Theoretically, it is a cool ability. Their muscles and joints are designed to reach for the wind. That’s why you’ll see your cat doing random jumps, either over the counter to grab some food or climbing cutely on to your keyboards as you work, and sometimes climbing on your back with barely any effort. Though not every cat likes to jump.
5. Cat’s vision is well-suited for their kind.
Not only do cats stare deep into your soul, but they also have great close proximity vision. This means that cats are nearsighted compared to humans who have the ability to see far away and much more clearly. Hence, a cat’s vision is blurry when looking afar. Moreover, they have “a slighter wider visual field of 200 degrees compared to the average human visual field of 180 degrees.” In respect to the nights, their vision is clearer as they have a high number of rods in their retina that are sensitive to light, well-suited for hunting and capturing preys.
6. A cat’s nose-print is unique.
Here’s a fun fact: “A cat’s nose pad is as unique as a human fingerprint,” so no two felines ‘nose-prints’ are ever the same. The patterns come in swirls, stripes, and every other possible imagination. Additionally, a feline’s sense of smell is 14 times better than a human’s too. So, if you have two or more cats in the house that made a mess, you could always dust for nose-prints “CSI style”.
7. Owning a cat is proven to be beneficial for your health.
According to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute, they found that owning a cat could reduce stress, anxiety, and heart attack by one third. (Woah, very cool!) Another fun fact? Based on a study in the UK, they found that college students had cats as their pets and were “1.36 times more likely to own a kitty.” The reason? Well, because cats are low-maintenance and a great companion to ease pressure and find comfort.
8. Cats have 18 toes in total.
While humans have ten toes and fingers, cats have a total of 18 toes with five toes on their front paws and four on the back paws. This doesn’t apply to every kitty though. And, some cats could possibly have more. Polydactyl cats are known to have an extra toe or two. Now, you’re probably going to count how many toes your cats have got.
9. Ancient Egyptians worshipped cats, even till today.
It’s really not surprising when you see your cat walking like a king or queen as if they rule the house. Would you say that it is in their blood since their historical ties with ancient Egyptians deities? Well, we are not so sure about that but, during those times, ancient Egyptians had deep respect and admiration for cats. Bastet, a half-feline goddess, is said to protect their homes from evil spirits and diseases. They were drawn so intricately detailed on the walls and were used for cultural, social, and religious practices. It makes you wonder how it all began.
10. Purring helps cats to sustain health.
Relatively, domestic cats have a tendency to purr at a frequency between 25 to 150 Hertz. The vibration allows their muscles and bones to grow and repair themselves. But, in most cases, they are just happy, content, sick, stressed, hurt or giving birth.
11. Cats naturally groom themselves.
Statistics have shown that cats spend about 30 - 50 per cent of their day grooming themselves. The reason for this behaviour is to compensate for their hygiene and health. For instance, it helps cool them down, it promotes blood circulation, it covers their scent from possible predators, it helps heals wounds as their saliva serve as a natural antibiotic, and distributes natural oils around their coat. Cats would even groom each other as a sign of affection for one another. (How cute..!)
12. Cats are lactose intolerant.
Believe it or not, milk is a no-no for cats when they reach a more mature age. Despite the number of occasions you’ve probably seen a cat drinking milk from saucers, cats must avoid it entirely. You wouldn’t want to clean the disaster after, which only means diarrhoea. Kittens, however, can drink milk because an enzyme called lactase breaks down and digest milk. But, as they grow older, they produce less lactase. It is similarly applied to humans.
13. Cats try to avoid confrontation at all cost.
It’s rare to see a confrontational cat as most of them are chill creatures or they would simply walk away. They don’t show dominance either, rather, they stake their territory just like big cats. Plus, they appear to be more relaxed most times.
14. Cat lovers are called Ailurophile.
Here’s a new vocabulary for you: Ailurophile. It’s a fancy word describing a person who loves cats. Derived from the Greek word, ailouros, it means cat while the suffix -phile means lovers. Hence, the word Ailurophile. Go ahead and throw this word at someone who is a cat lover during a casual conversation.