Looking for some interesting facts about America’s favorite animal? Look no further…we’ve got a whopping 115 facts about cats for you!

115 Pawsome Cat Facts

  1. Cats tend to be very active at night because their natural instincts tell them to hunt for prey in the middle of the night.
  2. Cats are naturally flexible so they can adjust to different schedules…they just need a little coaxing.
  3. Does your cat like to sleep on your head? There’s a good chance that your cat likes the smell of your hair and finds that it makes them feel more secure (your hair is their security blanket!)
  4. 102 degrees is how hot cats run. Cats need to maintain this temperature level for their basal metabolisms.
  5. Cats have more than 100 different vocal noises –  10 times as many sounds as dogs!
  6. Some cats really like to be held. It depends on the type of cat and how it was raised. Cats used to being held from birth are typically ok with being held often.
  7. Move over Egypt! Cat domestication started in China when they caught on that farms attracted small rodents.
  8. Cats don’t purr only when they’re happy. They can purr when they’re angry or annoyed too.
  9. A gene defect is the reason your kitty doesn’t want part of that chocolate ice cream you’re eating. They literally can’t taste sweet things.
  10. “Cat fancy” is what the hobby for breeding and showing pedigree cats is called.
  11. Cats are primarily carnivores. They need the protein from animal tissue (rodents, birds etc) to sustain themselves
  12. The average annual cost of owning a cat is $792. That’s over $300 less than what it costs to own a dog ($1,135 per year).
  13. 34% of US households own a cat! That’s pretty amazing!
  14. Cats are THE most popular pet in the US (and in the UK)! Sorry pups
  15. Cats can drink seawater to survive because of their specialized kidneys.
  16. A cat can be trained to use a toilet. Watch it happen in this video!
  17. Hissing is a defense mechanism. In a cat fight,the cat that hisses the most is the one that is most vulnerable.
  18. Cats are the mammals that have the largest eyes.
  19. Cats don’t meow at each other. They meow to solely communicate with humans.
  20. Male cats are more likely to be left-pawed and female cats are more likely to be right-pawed.
  21. Humans have 32 teeth (when you include wisdom teeth). Cats only have 30.
  22. Cats have been domesticated for about 4,000 years.
  23. 75% of cats will react to catnip while the rest are not genetically programmed to respond.
  24. Cats have 32 muscles in their ears, whereas humans only have 12.
  25. Cats are good for our health. Research has proven that purring can reduce blood pressure.
  26. A kindle is the name for a group of kittens. A clowder is the name for a group of cats.
  27. Cats “make muffins” (knead) when they are happy.
  28. Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour.
  29. Cats sweat but only through their paws.
  30. A litter consists of 2-5 kittens on average.
  31. A trichobezoar is the scientific term for a hairball.
  32. Cats sigh not when distressed but when they are very happy.
  33. Cats are attracted to sitting on computers because of the warmth that it provides.
  34. While milk is typically known as a treat for cats, it actually gives most of them diarrhea.
  35. When cats rub up against you, they are marking you with their scent. You have been claimed!
  36. Cats sleep on average 16 hours per day – more than 70% of their lives!
  37. Whiskers help cats determine whether they can squeeze into a narrow or small space.
  38. Does kitty ever make a weird face with his mouth open? He’s smelling. Cats have something called a Jacobson’s organ to help them better smell pheromones.
  39. The biggest wildcat today is the Siberian tiger.
  40. A cat’s brain is more biologically similar to a human’s brain than a dog’s brain.
  41. Cat fur doesn’t insulate well when it’s wet which is why cat’s hate baths!
  42. A cat’s spine has 53 vertebrae. A human’s spine has only 34.
  43. Every cat has a uniquely ridged nose pad – just a like human fingerprint.
  44. A cat’s heart beats between 110 to 140 beats per minute. Almost twice as fast as a human heart.
  45. Cats live on average between 12 to 15 years.
  46. When a cat rolls on it’s back for you, it’s essentially saying “I trust you”.
  47. A cat’s IQ is only beat by those of chimpanzees and monkeys.
  48. All kittens are born with baby blue eyes.
  49. Cats play better when they are even in number. It’s best to acquire cats and kittens in pairs.
  50. Cats can see 6 times better in the dark than humans.
  51. Cats remember things in their environment for 10 minutes tops.
  52. Cats spend between 3 to 6 hours grooming themselves.
  53. Cats can’t see directly beneath their nose.
  54. The kittens in a litter can all have different fathers.
  55. In 1963, the first cat was sent into space. She survived and returned by capsule via parachute.
    Stubbs, is the mayor of Talkeetna, AK and has been since 1997.
  56. Winston Churchill had a ginger cat named Jock, who slept and ate with him and was there when he passed away.
  57. A cat with a bell on their collar is usually a better hunter than a cat without a bell. This is because they have to learn how to hunt without making the bell sound.
  58. Cats have an average of 24 whiskers and 4 types of hair.
  59. Declawing a cat is akin to cutting off a human finger at the first knuckle (DON’T DECLAW A CAT!)
  60. A cat’s front paw has 5 toes while a cat’s back paw has only 4 toes.
  61. When asked what President Lincoln’s hobby was, his wife said “cats”. Seems like it might be true, Lincoln kept 4 cats in the White House with him.
  62. Is it surprising that Adolf Hitler hated cats? Nope.
  63. Mice and rats communicate with ultrasonic sounds. Cats can hear at this level which allows them to hunt these types of rodents successfully.
  64. Without toys, indoor cats can become bored and listless. Be sure to spend time with your kitty so it can be at it’s peak health.
  65. Cats get stuck in trees becuase their claws are designed for upward climbing…but not down!
  66. A cat has about 60-80 million olfactory cells whereas a human only has about 5-20 million.
  67. About 10% of a cat’s bones are in it’s tail.
  68. A cat can jump 5 times as high as it is tall.
  69. Cats can wake up to alertness faster than any other creature.
  70. Blackie, is the world’s richest cat. He inherited an estate from his owner worth $13 million.
  71. Kittens need to sleep a lot because that’s when their bodies release a growth hormone.
  72. A cat’s coat contains about 130,000 hairs per square inch.
  73. Cats can tolerate in temperatures up to 133 F (as long as they have a good amount of water).
  74. A cat can rotate its ears a full 180 degrees.
  75. Most cats don’t have eyelashes.
  76. Cats have a 3rd eyelid known as a ‘haw’. Some say it acts like a windshield wiper blade to remove debris.
  77. In the United States, black cats are considered bad luck. In Japan, Australia and the UK, black cats are seen as good luck.
  78. Cats have magnetized brain cells that serve as compasses. That’s why cats can find their way back home.
  79. The more you talk to your cat, the more your cat will talk (meow) back!
  80. You’ve got to really look…but cats do have facial expressions.
  81. People are better at interpreting the meows of the cats they live with than cats they don’t live with.
  82. Orange cats are mostly male and tortoiseshell cats are mostly females.
  83. Cats have reflective eyes because they have an image-intensifying device at the rear of their eyes to help them better utilize every bit of light available.
  84. Cats always land on their feet because of the “righting reflex” that they have.
  85. If you’re worried that your cat might be peeing in your house, get a blacklight. Cat urine fluoresces under a blacklight.
  86. Cats have barbs on their tongue to help them better eat and groom themselves.
  87. Even if cats are not hungry, they will still hunt.
  88. Scientists have speculated that cats respond better to women than to men because of their higher-pitched voices.
  89. The coat color of a cat is also linked to behavior patterns. For instance, ginger cats are typically outgoing.
  90. Cats walk on their toes…which helps make them the amazing prey stalkers that they are.
  91. A cat lover is called ailurophile – Greek for cat + lover.
  92. Cats can survive falls up to 65 feet.
  93. A cat’s jaw can’t move sideways which is why you’ll often see them struggling to chew a large piece of food.
  94. Domesticated cats spend about 11,000 hours purring in their lifetime.
  95. Cats have a 220 degree field of vision (humans only have a 180 degree field).
  96. Having a pet cat can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke by one third.
  97. The oldest cat in history was Creme Puff from Austin, Texas. She lived to be 38 years and 3 days!
  98. Cats don’t have a collarbone which allows them to squeeze into tight spaces.
  99. In the 60’s, the CIA invested money to try and train cats to spy on the Russians. It didn’t work out so well.
  100. There is a cat-only band that tours the country playing rock music.
  101. The heaviest domestic cat weighed a whopping 46 pounds.
  102. Kittens are born deaf. Their ear canals are closed at birth and finally open up after about a week.
  103. Dog food is bad for a cat because it lacks taurine – a nutrient that keeps a cat’s heart healthy and their eyes sharp.
  104. The scientific name for a catis “felis catus”.
  105. Cats love to sit or ‘perch’ in a high place which may be in part to stalking prey from afar. Hence the reason for cat towers.
  106. Multiple cats in a home form a hierarchy. There really is such a thing as an ‘alpha cat’. You can usually see who plays which part through your cat’s interactions.
  107. When cats are aggressive, they do everything they can to look bigger. They do this by fluffing their tail, arching their backs and standing up straight and sideways.
  108. Cats engage in ‘play fighting’ with each other. This is why bring home two cats instead of just one can save you and your family members from cat ‘play’ scratches.
  109. Spayed and neutered cats live an average of 2-3 years longer than unspayed/neutered cats
  110. Cats of the opposite sex live better together than cats of the same sex.
  111. Cats can see in color but not as well as a human can.
  112. Cats can make their meow mimic the sound of a human baby to better get their human’s attention.
  113. Unlike dogs, when cats are domesticated they don’t lose their wild instincts. They still maintain quick-trigger emotions.
  114. 95.6% of domesticated cat’s DNA is shared with tigers.
  115. In 1750, Europeans introduced cats into the Americas for pest control.

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