If you are a cat lover, you will know what fascinating animals cats are! Still, there are so many things we don’t know about them. Below is a number of interesting facts about cat – enjoy!
- Cats make about 100 different sounds, dogs make only around 10.
- A cat cannot get down from a tree head down as all the nails on its paws point the same direction. Hence, a cat needs to back down.
- There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world with approximately 40 recognized breeds.
- Female cats are typically right-pawed, whereas male cats are left-pawed
- Cats have a longer-term memory than dogs and learn mainly by doing instead of by just observing
- A cat can jump up to 6 times its length
- Cats use their whiskers to see if they can fit through a space
- Most cats give birth to a litter between one and nine kittens. The largest litter ever produced was 19 kittens, among which 15 survived.
- Some cats survived falls of over 65 feet (20 meter) due to their “righting reflex”. Their eyes and balance organs in the inner ear tell the cat where it is in space so that the cat can land on its feet; even the cats without tails have this abily.
A bit of history:
- During the time of the Spanish inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and consequently thousands of cats were burned. This, in turn, led to an explosion in rats population, which aggravated the effects of the Black Death.
- During the Middle Ages, people associated cats with witchcraft, and on St. John’s day, people from all over Europe would stuff cats into bags and toss them into bonfires. On some holy days, cats were killed by tossing them off the church towers.
- It is a common belief that Egyptians were the first ones to have cats as pets, however a recent discovery of a cat in a 9000 old grave in Cyprus, burst this belief.
- When a family cat would die in Ancient Egypt, the family would mourn by shaving off their eye brows. They would also hold elaborate funerals and would embalm their cats with a sculpted wooden mask and the tiny mummy was placed in the family tomb or in a pet cemetery with tiny mummies of mice