14 Cool and Interesting Facts About Cats that You May not Know about!

Updated on February 23, 2016

Cats are wonderful household pets and if you are like me, you probably enjoy having at least one cat in your home at all times. I still remember my first cat, Tiger, who was given to me when I was around 7 years old.

While cats are very common in households around the world, you may find that there is still a lot that we don't know about them!

Here are just a few facts that may surprise you!

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1. A litter of kittens can have more than one father.

It’s true! When a female cat goes into heat she can mate with many different males. She will not leave 'heat' until her body sends her the “successful mating” signal, which can take quite some time.

This is why when a female has a litter of kittens, some might look completely different than we might have expected.

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2. Kittens lose their baby teeth, too!

Kittens have very sharp teeth and it can start wearing on their mothers when nursing. The loss of baby teeth is different for each individual pet but normally starts around 3 months of age and ends at around 6 or 9 months.

Animals that do NOT lose their baby teeth have a condition called “retained deciduous teeth” and it normally is the ‘fangs’ that are retained. If your pet doesn’t lose their baby teeth, they should be removed to prevent any future complications.

By removing the baby teeth, it will allow the adult teeth to grow in properly.

3. Cats have 32 muscles in just one ear!

A cat can rotate its ears 180 degrees and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than that of the best watchdog. When angry or scared a cat will turn its ears back. However, they will also do this in a similar way when they are playing around.

By learning the direction of your cats ears, you can better determine the mood he/she is in.

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4. The nose pad on a cat has a unique pattern, just like that of a fingerprint.

Not only is a cats nose remarkable because of its extreme sense of smell but it is also unique just like a humans fingerprint. Two cats will never have the same nose pattern.

5. Sometimes a cat will purr in a deep voice to indicate pain.

When you hear a cat purr you automatically think that it is in a good mood and is purring from enjoyment. However, a cat may also purr when he or she is in pain but this purr will be much deeper and sound different than your cats normal purr.

Purring may be linked to the strengthening and repairing of bones and relief of pain. However, the owner of any cat will be able to tell the difference between their cats normal purring and the kind of purring when the cat is in pain.

6. Scientists are still not 100% sure how cats make the purring sound.

There are many theories to explain how the purr in generated. One study says that the purring comes from the voice box. A more recent theory is that it is caused by the release of endorphins in the brain.

Since endorphins are release under situations of pain and pleaser, this would make sense. Either way, exactly how the purring sound is made is still a mystery.

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7. Cats can also get sick or die from eating chocolate. Just like dogs.

Chocolate contains Theobromine, which is a diuretic as well as a cardiac stimulant. This chemical can cause the animals heart rate to increase or beat irregularly, both of which can be dangerous for the animal.

The amount of chocolate that could kill the animal varies directly with the weight and size of the animal. The smaller the animal the less it would take.

To be safe, it would be a smart idea to keep any amount of chocolate far out of reach of your pets.

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8. A cats heart beat is extremely fast.

A cat’s heart normally beats between 140 and 240 times per minute, with a relaxed cat on the lower end of the scale. You can expect your cat's heartbeat to be higher in moments where he or she is scared. A place like the Veterinarians office, when strange people are handling them, is a place you can expect your cats heartbeat to skyrocket, just like a humans would when they are nervous.

You can test your cats heartbeat by placing your hand on its side, just behind its front leg. Count how many times his heart beats in 15 seconds and then multiply that by four to get the beats per minute.

9. Cats rub against you with their heads to show possession.

Most people think that when a cat rubs against your legs, he/she is showing signs of affection. However, it actually means they are ‘marking their territory’ so to speak. He or she wants to make sure that if you encounter other cats, that the cats know that you are already accounted for.

I notice my cat doing this a lot but he tends to also do it for attention so that we play with him.

This behavior is called “Bunting” and is considered one of the highest compliments that your cat can give to you. Don't worry about it though: your kitty still loves you!

Just be thankful this is the only way he marks his territory on you!

10. When a cat brings you a mouse it means he likes you!

A lot of cat owners think that when a cat brings a mouse into the house that he’s either misbehaving or just being mean. However, it actually is a sign of affection towards his owners. When a cat is happy with their owners and household, they want to let you know. However, since cats can’t talk, they are forced to show us in the only way they know how… which is by bringing us a gift, in this case a mouse.

When your cat brings in a mouse or another small animal, try your best to not scold the cat for doing so. For one, cats don’t understand discipline the way that humans do; you have to reward them for positive acts, instead of punishing them for doing wrong. So, if you yell at your cat for bringing in a mouse, you’re most likely going to hurt his feelings instead of teaching him a lesson. Instead, while the cat is looking, pick the mouse up and put it by the trash can on the floor. After a while the cat will associate with this and will think that is where you prefer his ‘gifts’ to be placed. While the cat is NOT looking, you can dispose of the mouse in whichever way you please. The cat will just assume you ate the mouse.

11. Cats have sort of a “Natural GPS”.

What I mean by this is… You can take a cat far away from its home and it will be able to find its way back, whether it’s a natural instinct or something else. You can think of it like birds that migrate for the winter. They, somehow, already know where they are going.

There was one point in which my grandmother had a couple cats and one day a black one had nested itself underneath her car. I'm not sure where exactly he had positioned himself but my grandmother had driven to the store. When she arrived she saw him jump down and run off. He ran so fast that she wasn't able to catch him and eventually lost sight of him.

She thought that he was gone for good. However, later that night he had shown up at the front door, begging to be let back inside. Regardless of his little trip, he would still venture to the same part underneath the car.

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12. Cats have extraordinary eyes.

The reason that cats can get around so well at night is because they see just as clearly in the dark, as humans do in the daytime. To see properly at night a cat only needs one sixth of the light that humans need.

Also, a cat can see very clearly for up to 120 feet and can see through their peripherals at 285 degrees!

This explains how my cats can run around like crazy in the middle of the night and somehow not run into anything.

13. Black cats are some of the least adopted kind of cats.

It’s a sad, but true, fact. Black cats are often looked over for adoption mostly because of the superstition that black cats are unlucky.

If you go to adopt a cat pick a black one, they are great animals. My boyfriend and I just recently adopted a new kitten and he is black, with a white belly. He is very entertaining and makes a mess of everything but we love him regardless.

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14. Abraham Lincoln loved cats.

In fact, he had 4 of them while he lived in the White House. Lincolns cat, Tabby, was the first of several White House cats.

When his wife was asked "What is your husbands hobby?" her reply would always be "Cats".

Lincoln noticed three stray kittens in a telegraph hut. Picking them up and placing them in his lap, he asked about their mother. When informed that their mother was dead, he made sure they were fed and found a good home.

Here are my kittens, Ysera and Kalecgos (Sera/Kal)

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        Mendy McGee 

        7 weeks ago

        Like black birds, black cats seem to be highly intelligent. It's almost like they are angels, because they seem most sensitive to your moods and they learn the meanings to words really early. It's amazing!

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        bookpaw 

        7 months ago

        i got a black cat i love that cat

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        Tommi Lingle 

        12 months ago

        I have one thing to say about my "bratt". "She's my Baby girl an I love her!"

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        Chloe 

        13 months ago

        Cars run up to 30miles per hour

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        subhash pawar 

        14 months ago

        i had a kitten orphaned since his mother and sibling died in accident.

        he is with me for more than six months.

        Now he is missing for 4 days,either lost his way or someone stole it.

        What are the chances he will come back to me?

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        Brian Elliott 

        14 months ago

        I have to agree that cats must have their own sat nav. My partner and I split up and she moved to the other side of town at least a mile and a half away, she took our 4 year old, pure black cat, "Golly" with her. About 4 months later she turned up sitting on my window ledge right in front of my PC where she always clawed at the window when she wanted to come in. I took her in fed her she was in good condition. I informed my former partner she said she had been missing for a couple of days which was nothing unusual. She came in the evening to collect her, it was all loves and fuss (not for me) the cat. About 4 weeks later she was back at my window. she was collected again. Then it was a week or so then after been collected several times more we agreed it was in Golly's best interests that she lived with me permanently. That was about 3 months ago I think there is only a couple of occasions that I haven't seen her for more than a day since she came back. Lo and behold she has just jumped up at my window as I type. Thank you for your list of interesting things about cats. I urge people to have a black cat too golly has not got a speckle of any other colour in her and she was the only pure black out of the whole litter which I believe was six kittens. Thank you again. Brian

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        Wags 

        20 months ago

        Adopt more black cats! My Chat Noir is the absolute BEST!!!

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        triciapilates 

        4 years ago

        I have had four lovely black cats over the years. The tradition in our family (Londoners historically) was that black cats are lucky. We used to put the cat out the door late on New Year's Eve so that the first visitor through the door was our black cat on New Year's Day. I have no idea why mum started this tradition but I carried it on for all the years we had black cats. We have a tortie now.

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        vibesites 

        4 years ago from United States

        My cat used to kill mice but she didn't eat it, she was just parading around, seeming proud to carry her latest kill to me. Well it probably means my cat liked me :)

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        Carrie Lee Night 

        5 years ago from Northeast United States

        I enjoyed this wonderful and interesting hub :) Some of these facts I know...but others just caught me off guard (which is a great thing). One of the most interesting facts was that kittens can have more than one father :) Thank you for taking the time to write this hub on these mysterious and cute creatures.

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        Melissa White 

        5 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you all for the comments :) It means a lot that you guys are enjoying this hub.

        @HoneyBB - With the baby teeth thing, my new kitten has started to lose his teeth. I've seen about two so far and he doesn't seem to care too much. Although he has taken a high interest in chewing on cotton lol.

        @ Everythingdazzles - I agree. My black cat has become very lovable with me. He'll come sit on my lap when i'm on the computer. He'll also let me cradle him like a baby for extended periods of time lol. But, he likes to play-fight with my boyfriend all the time.

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        H Lax 

        5 years ago

        This is an interesting article about cats and their unique little ways. It is also helpful for anyone wanting to get a cat to know things that might occur, like if the baby teeth don't fall out. It also brings awareness that black cats need loving too!

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        Ness 

        5 years ago from Australia

        Interesting hub. I never knew kittens from the same litter could have have more than one father!

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        Janelle 

        6 years ago from Houston

        Very informative hub. I always found it sad that people do not show enough love for black cats. I have an all black long haired cat and he is the most loving cat I have ever owned. He loves people and showing signs of affection.

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        Sandra Christenson 

        6 years ago from Sacramento

        Nice length. Wonderful pictures and you have some facts that I haven't heard of.

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        Angie Jardine 

        6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

        In the UK a black cat crossing your path is usually considered lucky … I think. Uh-oh, now you’ve got me thinking.

        Interesting hub, missa ... just when I thought I knew everything about cats too :)

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        catgypsy 

        6 years ago from the South

        Great Hub! Wonderful facts and super cute pictures!

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you both. It means a lot.

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        Rachel Vega 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts

        I love kitties and anything with "cat" in the title will grab my attention! Congrats on your accolade. Voted up! :^)

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Congratulations on your win-even if it was shared. :) It still counts!

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Yeah you can normally tell the difference when you hear it. My newest cat hardly ever makes noise at all. He's a quiet one lol.

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        dreamseeker2 

        6 years ago

        I really enjoyed your article on cats and the video. I too have cats...two black ones, to be exact. You are right about they being the hardest to get adopted or wanted. I didn't know that when a cat purred they might be in pain? I will have to pay attention to my kitties purring from now on. Thanks for sharing your informative info and great photos. : )

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thanks :)

        As for your question about your kitty chewing and teething, I would imagine its perfectly normal. I've noticed all of my kittens chewing around that time, and even when they get older they'd chew on tons of stuff. I just always saw it as their playful nature, I guess. lol

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        I love this hub! We are the proud owners of two kittens we rescued from the street. Their mom is a black stray who showed up at our doorstep and eventually led us to her litter. She still has her fangs-thanks for that info. So, as I was watching Tiger today chew on things I thought he must be teething. Is this normal? They are about 6 months old now...a brother and sister. They obviously came from two dads-another thing I learned here. TC Tiger (TomCat Tiger) is a beautiful, LARGE, gray tabby with luxorious fur! Raisin (aka Little Miss Raisin Le Pew) is a black and white tuxedo. She is so petite and dainty we figured she must have been the runt: very timid and passive for the most part; definitely submissive to her brother. He is quite the hunter, although we don't allow them to go outdoors. And, both have been fully entertaining and a joy in our lives now. Rated UP and awesome. The video was great-we could have shot that ourselves! haha

        Good luck in the contest.

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you so much! It means a lot just to be nominated :)

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        Ireno Alcala 

        6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

        Meowwww!!! I also love cats and even adopted stray ones. At present, aside from my Siberian dog, I have stray cats named Jake Sparrow (I already bathed him), Dumbledore, Bravo, One Eye (someone ripped her left ear in two and affected her one eye), Negra (black) and a lot more coming. I already tamed the young ones but their parents are still elusive to my touch whenever I feed them.

        Great facts!!!!

        Congratulations for being a nominee. :)

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        lol. Yeah, this is day 2 after his neuter. And last night he was constantly finding a way to lay in bed with me and my boyfriend. It was so cute :3

        Although, he still likes to terrorize my face when my hair falls in front of it lol.

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        HubTub 

        6 years ago

        Well, I don't know what happened when my male cat was neutered, but he has severe ADD, follows me everywhere I go, runs around the house wailing night and day, and constantly attempts to mount my female cats. He knocks my dinner off the table, hides things all over the house, and constantly opens up all the closet doors. I think he is possessed! I still love him immensely, though, and would never give him away. I just live with it...lol.

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        Daphne Shadows 

        6 years ago

        Yay! All that testosterone gone and they become little bundles of fluff. Its amazing to me. ;)

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        hehe thanks. We just got our cat neutered yesterday and he's still adjusting to the change. But I think he's becoming more lovable lol.

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        Daphne Shadows 

        6 years ago

        Poor little black kitties! I will make sure that if I ever buy my own house and get a cat - it'll be black.

        That's so cool that their noses are like fingerprints!

        My grandpa had a cat once that refused to behave - was going around offing other kittens and chickens. So he drove the cat VERY far away and three days later the cat showed up again. So my papa had him neutered and he became the biggest sweety ever.

        Cats are pretty darn cool. Nice hub. :D

      • missa72542 profile imageAUTHOR

        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you :)

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        precy anza 

        6 years ago from USA

        This sure are fun facts! :) Enjoyed reading this hub and loved the video too. Voted up and shared! ^-^'

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        6 years ago from The Beautiful South

        Very interesting hub and I love cats, my cat is 17. Thought I already commented here, guess I got called away.

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you both guys :) I think I love the kitten with the mouse on his head the most. hehe

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        FullOfLoveSites 

        6 years ago from United States

        Aaaaaaawwwwww... too cuuuuuute! I want to hug those kitties! :D

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        iguidenetwork 

        6 years ago from Austin, TX

        Really really fun article and cute pics of cats -- this gets all the package of an awesome hub :)

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thanks both of you :)

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        Gail Louise Stevenson 

        6 years ago from Mason City

        Your welcome. Kittens are a lot of fun. I have a black tiger striped cat and a gray and orange colored cat.

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        HubTub 

        6 years ago

        Just dropped in to read again. I love the new photographs. They are adorable!

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you for your comment Gail :) We just adopted a black kitten and he's a crazy one. But he's really fun.

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        Gail Louise Stevenson 

        6 years ago from Mason City

        Wonderful hub and it was really fun to read. I have two cats. Black cats are really beautiful as all cats are. My brother and his wife have 4 cats and I think that two of them are black. Their names are Spooky and I forgot the other one's name. The facts about the cat are really great and the photos are wonderful, too. Voted up. Very enjoyable and fun to read. I just saw the video and it was really neat!

      • missa72542 profile imageAUTHOR

        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you

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        epigramman 

        6 years ago

        ...well I really do love this hub tribute because my two best friends are Little Miss Tiffy (the diva in my picture who is now 17 and my mum's cat ) and Mister Gabriel who is an all white cat and deaf ......and yes this was a very entertaining and enlightening read indeed and I could tell it was a true labour of love on your behalf - lake erie time ontario canada 8:19pm and sending you warm wishes and good energy and I sent this link to the ultimate cat lover at the Hub - a lady by the name of Lucky Cats

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thanks. I loved that video and had to share it.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        6 years ago

        I learned some new facts about cats on this hub, and I have been around cats all my life too! I loved the video on the Supercats. Our cat used to bring us all kinds of little presents - mice, squirrels, bunnies, frogs, etc. He really loved us!

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        watergeek 

        6 years ago from Pasadena CA

        Ohhh! I'm missing my kitties! Can't have anywhere I am - had to sign an agreement. So sad. My first cat was pure black with gold eyes, my second pure grey with green eyes, my third rich gold and pure white with big gold eyes. Thank you for reminding me of what it felt like.

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you :)

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        Karina 

        6 years ago from Edinburgh

        Really nice hub. I enjoyed reading about cat's ears and vision and about a mouse;) I never knew that. Cats are extraordinary. Thanks for sharing!

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        Kim Kennedy 

        6 years ago from uk

        Our Kitty must like us a lot, she's forever bringing us little presents. Never knew we had so many mice and voles in our garden. Thanks for an interesting read.

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        HubTub 

        6 years ago

        My pleasure!

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you, again :) It means a lot to have supporters.

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        HubTub 

        6 years ago

        You're very welcome. The money will eventually start to kick in, just give it some time. We were all beginners at some point. I am confident you will be successful on HubPages, and I wish you all the best in your writing and your success!

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        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Thank you very much! It's been really fun so far. I haven't made any money but I haven't been here long. I have a lot of ideas too, Its just taking me a little bit to get them written out well enough to post on here.

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        HubTub 

        6 years ago

        Great hub with cute photos! As an avid cat lover, I really enjoyed reading. I also learned a few new things. Finally, welcome to HubPages. Nice to have you aboard!

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