Interesting Facts About Cats You Did Not Know Until Now

Tom Cat males living outdoors cover from 3 to 5 miles of tracks of formerly marked turf. Everyday rounds make sure that the cat’s territory is well-scented.

People keep 10 million cats as their pet compared to dogs.

All cats have the Tabby gene.

Majority of adult cats do not have enough enzymes needed to digest milk.

The largest part of a kitten growth happens while sleeping.

The 26 milk teeth of kittens are replaced by 30 permanent teeth as they reach maturity.

Permanent kitten teeth develop when they are 12 to 18 weeks old.

Kittens, even at their young age, have a hunting instinct. They do not just eat their food but carefully examine it using their paw, similar to an animal carried from hunting, checking if it is safe to come close to.

Cats are most active during mornings and evenings (twilight and dawn) since these are their primary hunting times.

After successfully hunting for mice or toys, most cats perform a tension releasing dance. This develops their self-confidence.

Cats favor body temperature foods, which are similar to freshly killed prey.

When cats hunt, their whiskers move forward to get information on the prey they are stalking.

The cat’s whiskers, like antennae, have the ability to detect nearby movement.

The cat’s whiskers are sensitive enough to detect the slightest changes in air currents and air pressure, serving as radar at night or when a storm is approaching.

Cats are right-pawed or left-pawed (like left-handed), which shows an individual preference for one paw over another.

Whenever cats purr, they express intense emotion or pleasure or pain.

Domestic cats are the only ones that can keep their tail vertically up when walking while wild cats hold their tail horizontally or tucked between their legs.

Like camels and giraffes, cats walk using 2 right and 2 left legs.

While a human has 206 bones inside the body, an average cat contains 244 bones and 60 vertebrae. Almost all of a cat’s bones are found in the tail to give flexibility.

A cat has 517 muscles that allow them to move the front and back parts of the body in opposite directions.

Cats have 26 facial expressions and the parts of their brain that correspond to emotion are the same as that of humans.

Thirty two muscles control a cat’s ears that can turn 180 degrees. Humans have only 6 muscles.

Cats have only 473 taste buds to give them a sense of taste unlike humans that have 9,000. Their taste buds are found on the tip of their tongue.

The taste buds of cats are 25% less than that of humans so they do not have a sweet tooth.

The heart of cats beats 2 to 3 times faster than that of humans. This beats 150 to 210 times per minute compared to 60 to 80 beats per minute of humans.

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