Fun Cat Facts

There is so much to learn about cats but here are some fun cat facts, how many did you already know?

  • It has been scientifically proven that owning cats is good for our health and can decrease the occurence of high blood pressure and other illnesses.
  • Stroking a cat can help relieve stress, and the feel of a purring cat on your lap conveys a strong sense of security and comfort.
  • The ancient Egyptians were the first civilisation to realise the cats potential as a vermin hunter and tamed cats to protect the corn supplies on which their lives depended.
  • Cows milk can make cats very ill (so can lillies)
  • Ailurophile is the official word for someone who loves cats.
  • Sir Isaac Newton is not only credited with the laws of gravity but is also credited with the cat flap.
  • A cat has more bones than a human being; humans have 206 and cats have 230 bones.
  • A cat's hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs.
  • The cat's tail is used to maintain balance.
  • Cats see six times better in the dark than humans.
  • A healthy cat has a temperature between 38 and 39 degrees.
  • Cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.
  • Cats can reach sexual maturity at around 4 months.
  • A female cat will be pregnant for approximately 9 weeks or between 62 and 65 days from conception to delivery.
  • The average litter of kittens is between two to six.
  • Purring does not always indicate that a cat is happy.  Some cats will also purr loudly when they are distressed or in pain.
  • When a cat rubs around you, it is probably marking you with it's scent and taking ownership of you.
  • A cat can live 16 years or longer.
  • On average, a cat will sleep for 16 hours a day.
  • A domestic cat can run at speeds up to 30 mph.
  • The life expectancy of a cat has doubled in the last 50 years.
  • Blue-eyed and white cats are often prone to deafness.
  • The cat's front paw has 5 toes and the back paws have 4 toes.  Cats born with extra toes are called polydactl.
  • An adult cat has 30 teeth, 16 on the top and 14 on the bottom.
  • There are approximately 60,000 hairs per square inch on the back of a cat and about 120,000 per square inch on it's underside.