Here's 18 fascinating facts about our furry buddies :)
1. It's not uncommon for cats to have too many toes.
Cats commonly have five toes on the front paws and four on the back, unless your cat is poly-dactyl, meaning they have extra toes.
2. Cats can be mayors.
This is Stubbs, he has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years.
3. Cats are smarter than dogs.
Human's and cats have 90% similarity when it comes to brains; the part that controls the emotion is nearly identical. Cat's have 300 million neurons controlling their cognitive process, compared to a dog's 160 million.
4. Cats have impeccable hearing, and can move their ears independently.
Cats can move their ears 180 degrees and can hear frequencies nearly 50 kHz higher than humans.
5. Siamese cats cross their eyes to help with double vision.
The nerves from the left side of the brain go to the right eye while the nerves on the left mostly go to the right which can cause double vision.
6. Not all cats hate water.
Cat's fur doesn't insulate well when wet, except cats like the Turkish Van cat. This cat enjoys swimming and their fur has a unique texture to help keep them warm.
7. Folk-lore has created many superstitions about black cats and cats suffocating babies.
One such story is that Adam's first wife, Lilith, became a black vampire cat that sucked the blood from sleeping babies.
8. Cats can see in the dark.
Cats only need 1/6 the level of light that humans need to see.
9. Cats purr at the same frequency of an idling diesel engine.
10. This common energy drink ingredient keeps your cat from going blind.
Taurine, found in energy drinks like Red Bull, is an essential amino acid that your cat needs. This doesn't mean you should give your cat Red Bull, it's already in their food.
11. All cats are wild cats.
All cats are born with the inherit need to hunt; they were domesticated for this skill to help aide in rodent control. Even today, places like Disneyland hire cats to help with rats and mice.
12. Cats are lactose-intolerant.
Cats will drink it like it's the best thing on Earth, but they stop making lactase after outgrowing their mother's milk...which means your kitty will make a stinky and probably have a belly ache. However, the cat has super efficient kidneys and it can even drink seawater to re-hydrate.
13. Cats are more popular than dogs.
There are over 43 million dog homes which is greater than the 36 million cat homes; however, the number of cats still outrank dogs as the number one pet in the USA because most households own more than one cat.
14. Cats need to climb.
Cats like to explore, but climbing is natural and the smaller their living space; the more important it is to have vertical options.
15. Cat populations needs to be controlled.
Spaying and neutering your pets is so important; cats can breed as often as 3 times a year. Fixing your cats gives them a chance a longer and healthier life; females who haven't been spayed are prone to breast cancer and pyometra (an infection in the uterus).
16. Kittens need slow introductions.
It can take seven to fourteen days for a cat to acclimate in a new environment; let him or her meet each new family member individually so they don't become overwhelmed and this can help ease the transition.
17. Cats love routine.
Cats need a designated area to handle their business and they enjoy being able to keep stuff clean. So it's important for you to help them keep their litter boxes clean so they'll want to keep using it.
18. The CIA hired a cat spy.
In the 1960s, the CIA implanted a microphone into a cat's ear and a transmitter in the base of her skull. She survived the surgery, but was hit by a taxi on her first mission.
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