interesting cat facts

30 Interesting Facts About House Cats

  1. The average age for a domestic cat is 15 years, while the average age for cats living on the street is 3 to 5 years.
  2. If a cat’s tail ‘trembles’ near you, it means that the cat is declaring love to you.
  3. Cats use mustaches to help navigate in cramped or dark spaces.
  4. Cats have 32 muscles in just one ear.
  5. The ancient Egyptians worshiped cats, and regularly used them to keep grain from mice.
  6. The door for cats was invented by Sir Isaac Newton.
  7. Cats see in the dark.
  8. There are about 500 million domestic cats in the world (33 different species).
  9. Every cat has a unique muzzle print, just as humans have a unique fingerprint.
  10. One cat (female) can have more than 100 kittens in its lifetime. One pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 cats in just seven years.
  11. Studies show that the more you talk to your cat, the more she will ‘talk’ to you.
  12. Cats spend 30% of their waking hours grooming.
  13. Cats can produce over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs can only 10.
  14. In 1879, in Belgium, 37 cats were used to deliver mail to villages. However, this practice was soon discontinued because “the cats were not sufficiently disciplined.”
  15. In life, the average domestic cat spins about 10,950 hours. Numerous studies have shown that the sound that cats make while spinning has health benefits for humans.
Towser statue
Towser is the name of a cat to which a monument was erected in Scotland, which in its time caught more than 30,000 mice!
  1. Many tests have shown that cats do not like the taste of mice at all.
  2. On average, cats spend two-thirds of the day sleeping. This means that the nine-year-old cat was awake for only 3 years of its life.
  3. Humans and cats have identical regions in the brain that are responsible for emotions.
  4. The oldest evidence of a pet cat was found in Cyprus, in a cat grave that is about 9,500 years old!
  5. At the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil beings, causing thousands of cats to be burned. Unfortunately, the killing of cats led to the expansion of mice, which only worsened the plague known as the “Black Death”.
  6. The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (so-called “Astrocat”). It was sent into space in 1963, and survived the journey.
  7. A cat can run at speeds of up to 50 km / h (short distances only).
  8. When a cat is petted from your foot, it does so not only to draw attention to itself, but also to mark its territory.
  9. When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would shave their eyebrows in grief. They also held funeral rituals during which they would drink wine and beat themselves in the chest. The cat would then be embalmed and the small mummy placed in the family tomb. In 1888, more than 300,000 mummified cats were found in just one cemetery.
  10. Although in many parts of Europe and North America the black cat is considered a sign of bad luck, in the UK and Australia, black cats are considered lucky.
  11. The ability of cats to find their way home is called “cat-travel.” Experts believe that cats either use the angle of sunlight to find their way or that they have magnetized cells in their brains that act like a compass.
  12. Expressing romantic love for a cat (infatuation) is called Ailurophilia.
  13. The oldest cat in the world, Crème Puff, from Austin, Texas, was 38 years old.
  14. The richest cat in the world is Blackie, to whom owner Ben Rea left £ 15,000,000 in his will.
  15. March 28 is celebrated in some parts of the world as “Respect Your Cat” day.