10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Your Cat

Anyone who is a cat person can attest to the qualities that make cats great pets. They are low maintenance, loving and great for people who do not have a ton of space. Like dogs, domestic cats have been around for thousands of years. Due to their popularity, many people know quite a lot about their feline friends, but there are many things that make them unique. Check out this list of fun facts to learn even more about cats.

  1. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States. There are 88 million pet cats and 75 million dogs.
  2. Milk might be a common treat for cats in the movies, but many cats are actually lactose intolerant.
  3. Ever wondered why your cat’s purr sounds different? Cats can make more than 100 different sounds, while dogs can only make 10.
  4. A cat has five toes on his front paws and four on the back, unless he is a polydactyl. Polydactyl cats are often called “Hemingway cats” because the author was fond of them.
  5. Cat’s strongest sense is hearing. They can hear sounds up to 64 kHz, compared to humans who can only hear up to 20 kHz.
  6. Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour and jump approximately 7 times their height.
  7. Cat’s whiskers can help cats detect objects and navigate in the dark, even though they cannot see in complete darkness.
  8. Cats cannot taste sweets. Scientists believe it is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.
  9. A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human’s than it is to a dog’s. Humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that control emotions.
  10. Cats spend an average of ⅔ of every day sleeping, meaning a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.

Check out this list of fun facts to learn even more about cats.

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