14 Cool and Interesting Facts About Cats That You May Not Know About
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 some time.
This is why when a female has a litter of kittens, some might look completely different than we might have expected.
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 6-9 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.
I wonder if there is a Cat Tooth Fairy...
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.
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 they are 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 pleasure, this would make sense. Either way, exactly how the purring sound is made is still a mystery.
7. Cats can also get sick or die from eating chocolate. Just like dogs.
A snack that most humans can consume without fear can actually be lethal to our furry loved ones. 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 their weight and size. 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.
If you fear that your pet has consumed a large amount of chocolate, or other harmful substance, you should immediately seek the advice of your veterinarian.
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. When a cat rubs their head against you, it's not just because they're being affectionate.
Most people think that when a cat rubs against you, he/she is showing signs of affection. While that's true, it's also so they can leave their scent on you. In a way, it's so your cat can communicate to other felines where they have been and that you are essentially already claimed.
This behavior is called 'bunting' and is considered one of the highest compliments that your cat can give to 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. Which, in this case, is 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”.
Which basically means you can take a cat far away from its home and it will be able to find its way back most of the time. You can think of it like birds that migrate for the winter. They somehow already know where they are going.
One day a few years ago, my grandmothers cat had crawled underneath her car and found a nice spot to take a nap. That was, until she got into the car to head to get groceries. When she arrived at the store she saw him jump down and quickly run off. He ran so fast that she wasn't able to catch him and eventually lost sight of him.
My grandmother was sad and 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. He found his way home from the other side of town! Regardless of his little trip, he was still brave enough to climb underneath the car to nap.
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.
While sad, it's true that 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 pets! I previously had a black cat and he was the most precious and lovable cat that I ever owned.
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".
One day, Lincoln noticed three stray kittens in a telegraph hut. After 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)
Did you learn something about cats from this hub?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2012 Melissa Carlsen