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Cats. Kitties. They’re adorable and fun. They also enjoy their “alone time” a lot. But there’s so much more to your cute feline friend than meets the eye. Here are some fun facts about cats that will make even dog lovers appreciate these omnipresent creatures.

 

Cat Person? You’re Not Alone!

If you categorize yourself as a “cat person,” you are a part of an immensely large group. Statistics say that 11.5 percent of people around the globe consider themselves as cat lovers.

The Space-Traveler

The first ever feline to make a trip to space was named Felicette. When she survived the mission, she was given the pet name “Aristocrat.”

Brainy Kitty Kitty

Cats are smart animals. It’s really not a wonder since a feline’s brain is 90 percent similar to the human brain.

Sleep All Day Long

Cats sleep for about 16 to 18 hours a day. Kittens sleep even longer as their growth hormones are discharged when they’re napping.

You Hurt Cats; You Get Hurt

In ancient Egypt, anyone who intentionally hurts a cat will suffer severe punishment.

Because Girls are Royalty

A male cat is a “Tom.” A female cat is a “Queen.”

Night Vision On

Felines are nearsighted. However, their night and peripheral visions are a lot superior to that of humans.

Sneaky Felines!

Cats rarely make a noise when they walk around, thanks to the soft, thick pads on their paws. This makes it easy for them to sneak up on their humans and their prey!

Balancing Act

Felines use their tails to balance themselves, especially when they’re jumping.

Built-in Space Detector

Whiskers are important so felines can “feel” the world around them. They use their whiskers to figure out if they can fit into small spaces.

Special TasteTest

Felines have an extra organ that enables them to “taste” the air. So, when you see cats grimacing, they are actually “taste-scenting.”

Pretty Kitty

Health Booster

Just by owning a cat, a person can reduce the risk of a heart attack or any heart-related condition by a third.

Special “Cat” Walk

When walking, cats move both of their right feet first. Afterwards, they move both of their left feet. Only three animals have this unique walking pattern: cats, camels, and giraffes.

Rightie or Leftie?

40 percent of felines are either left- or right-pawed. Female cats are more likely to be righties while male cats are more likely to be lefties. Some are also ambidextrous.

Not Afraid of the Water

Some cat breeds can swim well.

Catnip a.k.a. Cat Marijuana

According to research, catnips produce nepetalactone – a chemical that makes cats hyper and crazy. The marijuana effect usually lasts for 15 minutes, and won’t resurface for a few hours even if the feline is near catnip.

Spay, Neuter, and Live Longer

According to The Banfield Pet Hospital, spaying and neutering can extend a feline’s life. Neutered males can live 62 percent longer than not neutered ones. On the other hand, spayed females can live 39 percent longer than un-spayed ones.

Grooming is More Than Vanity

A cat’s grooming process stimulates the feline’s blood flow and regulates body temperature. Cats can also groom other cats. It’s a feline ritual called the allogrooming.

Old Souls

Research states that cats have been domesticated pets since 3600 B.C., which is roughly 2000 years before the rise of the pharaohs of Egypt.

Let Me Hear Your Purr

Purring can be translated in various ways. If a cat purrs, it can be a form of self-healing. It can likewise be a sign of agitation or anxiety. Furthermore, it’s also a sign of contentment.

Human-Cat Conversation

To communicate with their owners – or any other humans for that matter – adult felines meow. Also, cats can easily recognize the voice of their owners.

Millionaire Tabby

To date, the world’s richest feline is worth 13 million USD. When his owner passed away, she left a large bulk of her fortune to her pet.

Fussy Kitties

Felines are extremely fussy when it comes to their water bowls. Most choose to ignore their containers altogether and opt to drink from the kitchen faucet.

Green Cat Eyes Close up

Familiar Scent

Felines love to sleep on things that smell like their humans. They’re even known to sleep on their owner’s dirty laundry. Speaking of which, cats also love to take naps in laundry baskets as they see it as a fun hiding place with several peep holes.

Sign of Boredom

When a cat attacks her owner’s ankles, she’s bored.

Sophisticated Palate?

Certain breeds of cats prefer specific types of food that can be a bit bizarre for a pet. For instance, they like potato chips, beer froth, and olives.

Aroused Male Cats Do Crazy Things

Male cats show strange behavior when they try to get a female cat in heat. Some slide down the chimney to demonstrate their excitement.

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Cats are wonderful. Even if you don’t own one, a quick cat .gif online can make you smile. Here are 40 precious quotes about cats that will brighten your day!

 

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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