40 Awesome Cat Facts to Understand Them Better

40 Awesome Cat Facts to Understand Them Better

Did you know that cats greet each other by
touching noses? Or that they can rotate their ears 180º? And these aren’t the only surprising
facts about cats you may have missed! #1: Cats have been domesticated for about
4,000 years! Before that, they were one of the greatest hunters feared by numerous species. #2: A cat needs to interact with humans from
about 2 weeks old so it can be sociable toward people. Even after that, you still have time
until a cat turns about 16 weeks old. After that, it’s almost impossible to domesticate
it. #3: A group of kittens is often called a kindle;
a group of adult cats is called a clowder. A female cat is referred to as a queen, and
a male cat is known as a tom. #4: Your cat’s purrs and meows are only a
tiny part of their vocal abilities. In fact, cats can make up to 100 different sounds! #5: By the way, cats only meow at humans.
With other animals, they hiss, spit, and purr — but never meow. They also tend to greet
each other by touching noses. #6: When it comes to a cat’s development,
the first year of its life is equal to the first 15 human years. When a cat turns 2,
it turns 25 in human years. And after the third year of its life, it gets to a place
we all know about: one cat year for every 7 human years! #7: The problem of acne is pretty common among
cats. They usually end up developing blackheads on their chins, which is widely known as feline
acne. #8: Since cats basically evolved as desert
animals, they can cope with heat pretty well. Still, if they feel especially hot or frightened,
they secrete sweat through their paws. #9: Most cats tend to spend about two-thirds
of their day sleeping. So the average 9-year-old cat has been fully awake for only 3 years
of its life! Cats also spend about one-third of their waking hours cleaning themselves
up. #10: A cat’s sense of smell is truly superb
— it’s approximately 14 times greater than that of the average human! #11: One of the reasons why cats clean themselves
so often is to lick your scent off! When your cat rubs against you from nose to tail, it
wants to mark you as its own. However, your furry friend still picks up your smell, which
it usually removes from its fur afterward. #12: Cats aren’t really big fans of sweets,
simply because they can’t taste them! Scientists believe this happened because of a mutation
in their key taste receptor. #13: Cats have rather sensitive stomachs,
so you should be very careful about your furry friend’s menu. Never give your cat onion,
garlic, green tomatoes, chocolate, grapes, or raisins. Milk is also a bad idea as it
upsets your kitten’s stomach. #14: Cats have belly buttons too, but they
look nothing like ours. It’s pretty hard to find and is usually located about two-thirds
of the way down a cat’s belly. #15: Your cat always understands when you
say its name…it just chooses to ignore you! Specialists believe this happens because,
historically, cats haven’t been domesticated to listen to people’s orders — unlike dogs.
So, yup, your furry friend couldn’t care less! #16: While we subconsciously view a black
cat as a sign of bad luck, in England, Asia, France, and many other countries, they’re
considered to bring prosperity and happiness! #17: A cat’s whiskers aren’t there to make
them extra cute! They’re covered in numerous nerve cells and blood vessels. This helps
cats detect any changes around them and figure out whether they can fit into a certain space
as their whiskers have a span of the width of their body. #18: No matter what kind of music you love,
your cat most probably can’t stand the sound of it! However, there’s something your friend
will like: a special album that composer David Teie created with animal scientists called
Music for Cats. Just play your cat something from this album and see what happens! #19: Cats have a special reflective layer
in their eyes called the tapetum lucidum. This layer easily magnifies incoming light
and allows cats to see around 6 times better than we do in the dark and low light. Maybe
it should’ve been called “a cat eye” instead of “an eagle eye”? #20: A cat named Stubbs was mayor of the small
town of Talkeetna in Alaska for 15 years. During the election, Stubbs was a cute kitten,
but residents later confessed that they were perfectly happy with their choice, saying
that Stubbs was probably the best mayor they’ve ever had! #21: A cat’s heart beats way faster than ours
with about 110 to 140 beats every single minute. #22: A tabby cat named Dusty is known as the
biggest mama of them all. During her breeding life, she gave birth to 420 kittens! Obviously,
you can find Dusty in one of the editions of Guinness World Records. #23: A cat’s cerebral cortex contains 300
million neurons. Just for comparison, dogs have only around 160 million. #24: Cats can give birth to identical twin
kittens. Imagine how cute they would look! Unfortunately, this happens very rarely. #25: It’s a natural instinct for a kitten
to cover its poop. If your cat doesn’t do that, this is its way of showing you who’s
the true head of the house. #26: Some ginger tabby cats have freckles
around their mouth and even on their eyelids. #27: While we have 12 muscles in our ears,
cats have 32! Of course, this triples their hearing abilities and allows them to hear
you grabbing their favorite food from the fridge — even if they’re 5 doors away. These
same muscles also help them rotate their ears 180º! #28: In 1963, a cat named Félicette was sent
to space from France. French specialists even implanted electrodes in her brain to track
all her neurological signals. Luckily, Félicette survived the trip and became the first cat
to go to space! #29: Cats usually have 5 toes on each of their
front paws and 4 toes on their back paws. Still, the number of toes can vary. For example,
the cat with the most toes had 8 of them on every single one of its paws, which makes
32 toes in total! #30: Back in 2007, a calico cat named Tama
became a station master and greeted passengers at Kishi Station. Needless to say, the number
of passengers increased by 17% that month, and everybody adored beautiful Tama. The cat
died in 2015 of heart failure when she was 16 years old. #31: Cats can easily jump about 6 times their
own length! This is all thanks to the powerful muscles in their back legs, which allow them
to jump onto any surface they like. #32: Cats have a lower social IQ than dogs,
but they compensate perfectly by having better long-term memory and the ability to solve
difficult cognitive problems. #33: Biologically, a cat’s brain is kinda
similar to ours. We have almost identical brain regions that take care of our emotions,
so there’s a chance that you and your furry friend feel the same way sometimes. #34: Researchers from the University of Lincoln
found that cats love it when you touch their faces, especially around their lips, chin,
and cheeks. And they absolutely hate it when you pet them at the base of their tail! It
makes them feel very uncomfortable, so don’t do that. #35: The oldest recorded cat was called Creme
Puff. This beauty was born in 1967 and lived for 38 years! Of course, Creme Puff made it
into an edition of Guinness World Records and is still remembered among cat lovers everywhere. #36: Cats actually purr thanks to their own
special vocal cords! It’s basically a small group of thin bones located between the base
of a cat’s skull and the root of its tongue. When a cat feels happy, these muscles contract
and create the vibration of the vocal folds that we call purring. #37: In the cat world, the concept of left-
or right-handedness is a thing too! Most cats are actually left-pawed! #38: Psychologists say that people who have
cats are logical, practical, and introverted. They also say that cat lovers tell way more
stories about their furry friends than dog owners. #39: Experts confirm that living with a cat
helps relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. All this lowers your blood pressure and protects
your body from possible heart problems, including a stroke. #40: According to statistics, only 24% of
kittens from animal shelters get adopted. Maybe it’s time to change that figure and
get yourself a furry friend of your own. You definitely won’t regret having such a cute
little companion! Do you know any other fascinating facts about
cats? Tell me in the comment section below. Don’t forget to give this video a like, share
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72 thoughts on “40 Awesome Cat Facts to Understand Them Better

  1. * Nice video.., however.., most of the information is (NOT) true or false.. As a Veterinarian and born and raised on a working cattle ranch.., I have had cat's, dog's and horses' my entire life. The cat information on this video is (NOT) correct or factual in nature.. Love your cat or any animal, that is a (family pet) and they will love you back.. Give (love) freely and your cat, dog, and or horse will give love back ! ! Love animals', especially cat's.., they love fresh water, good tasting food, clean cat litter box, scratching pole or (cat tree) and a clean and safe home (which they consider home) and toys' to play with, and of course human attention in the form of (love).. * Enjoy your family pet and "Yes !".., part of the family, too.. Mike in Montana 🙂

  2. watched this with my kitten. She literally watched the entire thing and stayed focused, almost as if she were studying the video. She even took a deep breath when the video said to. Cats are amazing and so mysterious. Glad to say I knew most of these! (:

  3. Question: Why does my cat's tail twitch when it's standing straight up? It's like he's being a little too cautious or he's telling everyone to stay away.

  4. Here's a couple weird facts: Cats have a higher body temperature [appx. 99.5°-102.5°F] than humans do and hairless cats DO NOT have whiskers at all.

  5. The two cats that are living in this house are wild cats. They both always want to go outside, that's for sure.
    Pusheen runs to eat the lemongrass growing in our backyard or he just runs and hides somewhere in the neighborhood and comes back hours later.
    Shiro runs to eat grass in the backyard. That's it. He just sniffs the backyard and eats the grass.

  6. Fun fact:
    If you cut a cats whiskers unevenly it can loose the balance of its head. so moral is dont cut kitty whiskers xx

  7. Wear i live the was a cat called Casper which rode the buses and got his own bus pass

  8. It's not "almost impossible" to socialize a cat after 16 weeks. It just takes a lot more time, patience, and love (plus some heavy duty welder's gloves and many cans of gushie/wet food XD). I work with an animal rescue and helped socialize a fully feral cat (guessed to be over a year old) into a lap cat in a little over 6 months. Still working with a second feral who is allowing touches but very shy.

  9. That's not true about having to socialize them before 16 weeks. But I'd leave that to those of us with patience and who don't "need a cat to snuggle." They'll come around eventually if you don't grab at them and demand they enjoy being mauled. They may or may not ever become snuggly.

  10. I think my kitty is broken

    Bright side: Kitties love it when you touch their cheeks or chin or whatever

    Me: touches my kitty's chin
    Kitty: purrs

    1 hour later, a certain person's laptop went off the table…

  11. I love cats but some of this isn't true like:
    2. (A cat has to socialize with humans between 2 to 6 weeks are they'll never be or almost impossible to be domesticated)
    Not true. At my dad's work he has quite a few ferral cats who were raised there as kittens and never liked people. Dad was able to domesticate a few of them and they are sweet as heck but usually only loyal to him. A cat wants security and something it can trust and a provider. You do that then it's not hard. It may just take a lot of patience but other than that it's not hard. It depends on a cat's mentality. They are ALL different.

    4 and 5. (They only meow at humans and nothing else) Almost true. They will meow at their kittens and I have seen them meow at each other before.
    Another cat got up close to my cat and my cat turned around and meowed at the other cat.. and it didn't even sound aggressive it sounded normal but it could have been a kind warning.

  12. Touch the tip of their nose. if it is dry it means they are sleepy. It is useful when you want to sleep with your cat beside you or you want to train them to sleep in certain places. And they almost always clean themself first before sleeping.

  13. I think I understand I understand cat meows when he wants lactose intolerant milk. Meows when I come home meows when he wants in the bed meows while he's playing yep

  14. My cats do like sweet things, they always take my ice cream (i guess they like the cream in ice cream) and such, i always knew my cats were freaks- love them to bits ❤️🥰

  15. My cat drools when he is happy, Some cats can act like a dog but then they play with elestic bands or with rope. Cats also know when your sad so they try to make you happy. I love my cats, but sometimes they can be annoying. Like when im on my laptop, they come to me and then go sit on my keyboard… Even though they do that i cant imagine a life without them

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