20 amazing cat facts
Posted by mythreemoggies
Want to know a load of cool facts about cats?
Yeah, of course you do!
Well here’s 20 for you – along with how they apply to the three moggies.
- Ailurophilia is the ‘love of cats’: One for Mum and Dad this!
- Seven per cent of cats snore: 33 per cent of the three moggies (ie… Archie) snore
- The average house cat spends approximately 10,950 hours purring in a lifetime: Wow! We like a good purr, I bet this is true…
- A cat cannot see directly under its nose. We’re not going to tell you if this is true in case dad decides to try it out!
- A cat’s arching back is part of a complex body language system. Didn’t you know that? Always talking – especially Oscar…
- The cat was domesticated over 4,000 years ago. Archie was domesticated about five years ago. We’re not convinced Henry and Oscar are quite there yet!
- A house cat spends 70 per cent of its time sleeping. Yeah, and the rest.
- There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, puma and the jaguar. There is another member of that family – the Oscar!
- The first cat show was held in 1895 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. That sounds like hard work…
- A cat’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees. This is slightly warmer than a humans. Meow! Told you we are hot pusses!
- A falling cat will always right itself in a precise order. First the head will rotate, then the spine will twist and the rear legs will align, then the cat will arch its back to lessen the impact of the landing. And you thought it was easy…
- The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak to you. Are ya talking t’ me? Yep we all like a good chat, especially at dinner time
- Cats don’t see ‘detail’ very well. To them, their person may appear hazy when standing in front of them. No, we haven’t been on the catnip, it’s a cat thing.
- Never feed your cat dog food. Cats need five times more protein than dogs do. That’s because we are five times better than dogs. At least…
- According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the heaviest cat on record was Himmy, an Australian cat, who weighed 46 pounds, 15.25 ounces in 1986. Himmy’s waist was 33 inches. Archie has had his flirtations with fat but he’s looking trim these days
- Cats love high places. They share this love with leopards and jaguars, who sleep in trees. If a cat begins to fall, his inner ear canal (which controls balance) will help him right himself and land on his feet. Oscar and Henry like to climb trees, but Archie is always above them in the house. He sits on the table…
- Unlike humans and dogs, cats do not suffer a lot from loneliness. It is a mistake to project our social feelings onto our cats. Cats are social to a degree, but they are far more concerned with territorial issues than we can even imagine. Erm, I think we’re more social than you think. Don’t even think about taking away our morning cuddles with mum or lap time. Although, now you mention it, Oscar is a little bit obsessed with patrolling…
- Cats have a weak sense of taste. They have only 473 tastebuds, humans have 9,000. I don’t know what you are talking about, we have great taste. We three moggies always look good. Oh, you mean that kind of taste? Well, yes, we do struggle between chicken and bird on occasion
- There are about 100 distinct breeds of domestic cat. Is Moggie a breed?
- The oldest cat was Creme Puff of Austin Texas. Born on August 3, 1967, Creme Puff passed away in August, 2005 at the age of 38 years. Puss, born in 1903, is England’s oldest ever cat. Puss passed away on November 29, 1939, one day after his 36th birthday. Archie is eight, while Henry and Oscar are only five – so lots of blogging to come yet!