95% of cat owners admit they talk to their cats.
A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.
A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
A cat sees about six times better than a human at night because of the tapetum lucidum , a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light.
A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. The whiskers act as feelers or antennae, helping the animal to judge the precise width of any passage.
A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans.
A cat will spend nearly 30% of its life grooming itself.
A cat’s hearing rates as one of the top in the animal kingdom. Cats can hear sounds as high-pitched as 65 kHz; a human’s hearing stops at just 20 kHz.
A cat’s heart beats at 110 to 140 beats per minute, twice as fast as a human heart.
Adult cats with no health problems are in deep sleep 15 percent of their lives. They are in light sleep 50 percent of the time.
After being handled, cats lick themselves to smooth their fur and get rid of the "human" smell. Licking is also thought to produce a calming effect.
Americans spend more on cat food than on baby food.
Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.
Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal.
Cats can get bored. They show their boredom by excessive licking, chewing, or biting.
Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds. In comparison, dogs have about 10.
Cats have amazing hearing ability. A cat’s ear has 30 muscles that control the outer ear (by comparison, human ears only have six muscles). These muscles rotate 180 degrees, so the cat can hear in all directions without moving its head.
Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of Michigan concluded that while a dogs memory lasts no more than 5 minutes, a cat’s can last as long as 16 hours – exceeding even that of monkeys and orangutans.
Cats have carpal pads on their front paws that help to prevent them from sliding on a slippery surface when jumping.
Cats love to hear the sound of their own name and your voice, so talk to them often.
Cats must have fat in their diet, because they can’t produce it on their own. Never feed your cat dog food, because cats need five times more protein than dogs do.
Cats only need a sixth the amount of light that humans do to see. However, their daytime vision is only fair compared to that of humans.
Cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine and it is a sign of contentment.
Cats scratch to shed the sheaths of their old claws.
In general, cats live longer than most dogs. An average life span might be 12 to 14 years. Some cats are reaching 20 or more. A cat’s longevity depends on feeding, genetics, environment, veterinary care and some other factors. It is also important whether or not the cat lives indoors or is allowed outdoors (outdoor cats live an average of eight years). The general consensus is that at about age seven the cat can be considered as "middle-aged", and at age 10 and beyond – old.
In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.
Many cats are unable to properly digest cow’s milk. Milk and milk products give them diarrhea.
Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America. There are approximately 66 million cats to 58 million dogs, with Parakeets a distant third at 14 million.