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Cat Facts

  1. Genetics and Physical Traits:
    • House cats share 95.6% of their genome with tigers, exhibiting behaviors inherited from jungle ancestors.
    • Cats lack the ability to taste sweetness.
    • Cats have 18 toes, can jump six times their length, and claws that curve downward.
  2. Unique Cat Features:
    • Cats have an extra organ for tasting scents in the air.
    • Whiskers on the backs of front legs aid in sensing surroundings.
    • Cats have almost twice the neurons in their cerebral cortex as dogs.
    • Cats have the largest eyes relative to head size of any mammal.
    • Cats walk quietly, use their tails for balance, and walk in a distinctive pattern.
  3. Health and Wellness:
    • Cat lifespan increased by a year from 2002 to 2012.
    • Cats sleep 12 to 16 hours a day and are most active at dawn and dusk.
    • Cats are crepuscular and prefer one litter box per cat.
    • Grooming takes up to a third of their waking hours.
    • Cats live longer indoors, and purring can be a self-soothing behavior.
  4. Communication Cues:
    • Cat communication includes vocalizations, purrs, and unique behaviors.
    • Cats have up to 100 different vocalizations.
    • Cats mark territory through scent glands and specific behaviors.
    • Cats yawn to end confrontations, and hissing is defensive.
    • Tail movements and body language convey various moods.
  5. Miscellaneous Cat Facts:
    • Cats have unique learning styles, purr frequencies, and group names like “kindle.”
    • Cats can be toilet-trained, dream, and don’t have an incest taboo.
    • Cats perceive people as big cats and were brought to the Americas for rodent control.
    • Each cat’s nose print is unique, and Scottish Fold cats trace back to a single ancestor.
    • Cats have contributed to the extinction of 33 different species.
    • There are almost 80 million pet cats in the United States.
  6. Fun Facts:
    • A house cat could beat Usain Bolt in a 200-meter dash.
    • Cats don’t have an incest taboo and may mate with siblings.
    • Cats perceive people as big, hairless cats.
    • The first known cat video was recorded in 1894.
    • White cats with blue eyes are prone to deafness.