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100 Cute Facts About Cats & Kittens

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By Lizzie Robinson
2017-08-20T15:42:33+00:00 Categories: Animals|Tags: , , , |

They’re cute, furry and one of the most popular house pets in the Western world. They may be quiet and fond of their alone time, but there is much more to felines than meets the eye.

  1. Americans really love their pet cats. There are approximately 14 million more house cats than dogs in the US.
  2. Male cats are called toms and females are called queens or mollies.
  3. The saying, ‘A cat always lands on its feet’ isn’t just an old myth. Some cats have fallen more than 320 metres onto concrete and come away unharmed.
  4. There’s a reason why cats are likely to survive high falls – they have more time to prepare for the landing.
  5. It’s not a flock, it’s not a herd – a group of cats together is known as a ‘clowder’.
  6. According to statistics, cat owners are healthier than those without cats. The risk of heart attack is cut by a third among people who have a pet cat.
  7. Just as a dog’s bark has several different meanings, a cat may purr because it is nervous, happy or feeling unwell.
  8. It’s common knowledge that cats are fans of milk, but many of them are lactose intolerant. This means that they are actually allergic to milk.
  9. Garfield, the lasagne-loving feline, was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most widely published cartoon.
  10. Cats are thought to be pretty smart, and with a brain 90% similar to the human brain, it’s no surprise.
  11. When Abraham Lincoln was US President, he had four pet cats which lived with him in the White House.
  12. Felicette was the first feline to make a trip to space. She luckily survive the mission and was nicknamed ‘Astrocat’.
  13. If you think of yourself as a ‘cat person’, you’re among 11.5% of people in the world.
  14. If you’re a male with a pet cat, you’re more likely to find true love. This is due to the fact that people view cat owners are kind, trustworthy and sensitive.
  15. The record for the largest number of kittens in the same litter was 19.
  16. Over her lifetime, a cat called Dusty had a total of 420 kittens.
  17. The oldest cat to give birth to kittens was called Kitty. She was 30 years old when she birthed her last kittens.
  18. Bagpuss was a 1999 TV show which featured an old cloth cat. In 2001, it came fourth in a poll of the greatest kids’ TV shows.
  19. While people dote over their cats in the West, around 4 million cats are killed and eaten over in Asia.
  20. There are about 70 different cat breeds and a staggering 500 million pet cats in the world.
  21. Ancient Egyptians worshipped a goddess who was half cat and half woman.
  22. In Ancient Egypt, civilians would suffer a severe punishment if they hurt a cat.
  23. Ever noticed your cat sleeping most of the time? On average, cats sleep for about 16 hours per day.
  24. Kittens sleep even more often, since growth hormones are released when they are napping.
  25. The front paws of a cat are different from the back paws. They have five toes on the front but only four on the back.

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2017-08-20T15:42:33+00:00 Categories: Animals|Tags: , , , |
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Lizzie Robinson has been a freelance writer since 2011. She is currently studying English Literature at university and enjoys sailing & playing the piano in her free time. Lizzie enjoys writing about current issues & business.