Cats are many people’s favorite pets; they are famous for not having the best temper and for always trying to cuddle with you. They are one of the few animals that domesticated on their own. If you own a cat, you probably know a lot about them but there are some interesting facts that just a few know about them.
If you are a cat lover and you are just as curious as us, check out the following post which is full of interesting facts and hilarious pictures of cats!
Just like our fingerprints, a cat’s nose has a unique pattern.
Cats use their tail to communicate
If a cat comes close to you and he slowly moves his tail from side to side, it means that he likes you. But if he wags his tail it means he’s upset about something. This can be very useful if you own a cat and don’t know how to tell if he’s in a good or bad mood.
It is more common for Kittens to meow because they are asking their mothers for attention. Adult cats don’t meow very often; when they do they probably want to tell us something important.
Cats can see in the dark
This is due to the fact that their eyes have a reflective layer of cells below the light receptors. It is this reflective layer of cells which makes it look like your cat’s eyes are glowing in the dark.
Cats can’t taste sweet things
This is the reason why they don’t eat sweet things. Humans enjoy five kinds of taste buds, but cats lack the amino acids that allow us to enjoy sweets.
Cats have 230 bones in their body
Humans have 206 bones in their body; a cat does not have clavicles this is why they can fit pretty much everywhere.
A cat’s brain is similar to a human’s brain
Biologically a cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s brain, compared to a dog’s brain. Cats are as smart as dogs, just in different ways. In both people and cats, the brain is composed of gray and white matter.
Cats sleep two-thirds of the day
Source: Alisa Stephens
Cats are also famous for being sleepyheads; they spend two-thirds of the day sleeping.
They have an internal GPS system
Source: Amber Dekker
Cats can always find their way home. There have been many cases in which cats have walked hundreds of miles to find a way back home; this is thanks to their nervous system.
Cats recognize their owner’s voice
Cats do recognize their owner’s voice but decide to ignore them. If you own a cat and have called his names several times without him paying attention… well, now you know the truth!
Cats can’t recognize themselves in the mirror
This is due to the fact that cats only recognize another living being if they can smell it. In this case, their reflection has no smell so they just ignore it.
They are always aware of their surroundings
Cats sleep approximately 15 to 18 hours a day; in spite of this, they are always aware of their surroundings. Even the slightest noise will wake him up.
Cat whiskers are not regular hair, they are actually touch receptors which help the cat detect and respond to changes in their surroundings.
They can survive falls from great heights
Cats are able to survive falls from great heights because while they are falling down they spin themselves around so that their feet are facing the ground.
Overly attached cats
Cats get easily attached to their owner’s house. Whenever they feel comfortable at a new place they feel like they own it.
They have a blind spot
Cats cannot see objects well that are directly in front of them, or that are right under their nose or chins.
It’s in their nature, they can easily catch mice; some experts say cats are better hunters than tigers or lions.
Greeting with their tail
When a cat lifts up his tail for a certain amount of time it actually means they’re saying hi!
Most people think that their cats purr when they’re happy, but they can also purr as a way to comfort themselves when they’re feeling sick.
Don’t feed them chocolate
Don’t ever give your cat chocolate or coffee. Caffeine and certain properties found in chocolate can be toxic to your cat.