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10 Fun Facts About Cats!

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10 Fun Facts About Cats!

Love cats but don’t have one? You’re missing out! They are, after all, the most popular pet in the world. Here are 10 fun facts about cats that you probably didn’t know!

1. The Oldest Cat Ever Lived An Impressive 38 Years

The oldest cat ever on record was Creme Puff, a U.S. feline who lived from 1967 to 2005—an impressive 38 years and 3 days. Usually an average cat’s life expectancy is around 15 years.

2. A Cat Cannot See Right Under It's Nose

A cat’s field of vision is only 180 degrees, which is why your cat may not seem to notice something that is right under it’s nose. This is also why it’s easy for your cat to get startled when you sneak up on it.

3. Cats Can Rotate Their Ears 180 Degrees

I bet you didn’t know that cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees, giving them almost panoramic hearing. Scientists aren’t really sure why cats can do it, but your furry little friend probably enjoys being able to flick his ears around.

4. Some Cats Can Drink Seawater

Sometimes called seawater cats, these cats can consume as much as 10 percent of their body weight in seawater and excrete it as concentrated urine. To date, researchers still don’t know how they do it.

5. A Cat Is Able To Jump Six Times It's Height

If you’ve ever watched a cat leap across a room, you’ve seen firsthand just how powerful their hind legs are. A cat is capable of jumping six times their height or roughly five times its length! This is especially surprising considering how light cats are—most weigh between 5 and 12 pounds.

6. Most Cats Are Lactose Intolerant

Did you know that most cats are lactose intolerant? Though most cats can eat certain dairy products without a problem, there is a genetic component to lactose intolerance. The more generations your cat is away from his original ancestors, the more likely he is to be lacyose intolerant.

7. A Cat's Jaw Cannot Move Sideways

As a result, cats can’t chew large pieces of food. This forces them to spend lots of time chewing and breaking down their food into smaller pieces. This means that to bring food into their mouths, cats must move their entire head. This is why it seems like your cat is staring at you when they are eating!

8. Cats Can Recognize Your Voice

Unlike dogs, cats can recognize your voice from a very young age. In fact, kittens learn to recognize their mother’s mewing by about two weeks of age, and respond better to familiar voices as they get older. Ever wondered why your cat comes running when you call his name? It’s because he recognizes that it’s YOU calling him! 

9. A House Cat Is Genetically 95.6% Tiger

Believe it or not, a house cat is genetically 95.6% tiger. In fact, tigers and house cats share a common ancestor who lived 9.8 million years ago! Tigers used to be known as striped house cats, but unfortunately over time they evolved their own distinctive fur patterns and powerful teeth in order to survive in their new environment.

10. Cats Dream When They Are Fast Asleep

It’s impossible to know for sure if cats are aware they’re asleep when they dream, but what we do know is that while fast asleep, cats experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep similar to humans. This cycle of phases can last from five to 25 minutes and occurs three to five times during a typical eight-hour sleep period.

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10 Fun Facts About Cats!

Love cats but don’t have one? You’re missing out! They are, after all, the most popular pet in the world. Here are 10 fun facts about cats that you probably didn’t know!

1. The Oldest Cat Ever Lived An Impressive 38 Years

The oldest cat ever on record was Creme Puff, a U.S. feline who lived from 1967 to 2005—an impressive 38 years and 3 days. Usually an average cat’s life expectancy is around 15 years.

2. A Cat Cannot See Right Under It's Nose

A cat’s field of vision is only 180 degrees, which is why your cat may not seem to notice something that is right under it’s nose. This is also why it’s easy for your cat to get startled when you sneak up on it.

3. Cats Can Rotate Their Ears 180 Degrees

I bet you didn’t know that cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees, giving them almost panoramic hearing. Scientists aren’t really sure why cats can do it, but your furry little friend probably enjoys being able to flick his ears around.

4. Some Cats Can Drink Seawater

Sometimes called seawater cats, these cats can consume as much as 10 percent of their body weight in seawater and excrete it as concentrated urine. To date, researchers still don’t know how they do it.

5. A Cat Is Able To Jump Six Times It's Height

If you’ve ever watched a cat leap across a room, you’ve seen firsthand just how powerful their hind legs are. A cat is capable of jumping six times their height or roughly five times its length! This is especially surprising considering how light cats are—most weigh between 5 and 12 pounds.

6. Most Cats Are Lactose Intolerant

Did you know that most cats are lactose intolerant? Though most cats can eat certain dairy products without a problem, there is a genetic component to lactose intolerance. The more generations your cat is away from his original ancestors, the more likely he is to be lacyose intolerant.

7. A Cat's Jaw Cannot Move Sideways

As a result, cats can’t chew large pieces of food. This forces them to spend lots of time chewing and breaking down their food into smaller pieces. This means that to bring food into their mouths, cats must move their entire head. This is why it seems like your cat is staring at you when they are eating!

8. Cats Can Recognize Your Voice

Unlike dogs, cats can recognize your voice from a very young age. In fact, kittens learn to recognize their mother’s mewing by about two weeks of age, and respond better to familiar voices as they get older. Ever wondered why your cat comes running when you call his name? It’s because he recognizes that it’s YOU calling him! 

9. A House Cat Is Genetically 95.6% Tiger

Believe it or not, a house cat is genetically 95.6% tiger. In fact, tigers and house cats share a common ancestor who lived 9.8 million years ago! Tigers used to be known as striped house cats, but unfortunately over time they evolved their own distinctive fur patterns and powerful teeth in order to survive in their new environment.

10. Cats Dream When They Are Fast Asleep

It’s impossible to know for sure if cats are aware they’re asleep when they dream, but what we do know is that while fast asleep, cats experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep similar to humans. This cycle of phases can last from five to 25 minutes and occurs three to five times during a typical eight-hour sleep period.

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