Did you know? Cat Facts

Cats typically sleep for 12 to 16 hours a day.

When cats hit you with retracted claws, they're playing, not attacking.

They are crepuscular, which means that they are most active at dawn and dusk.

Cats are fastidious creatures about their "bathroom." If you have more than one cat, you should have one litter box for each.

Cats learn to manipulate humans with their meows -- some even develop a cry like a baby!

Meowing is a behavior that cats developed exclusively to communicate with people.

Cats mark you as their territory when they rub their faces and bodies against you, as they have scent glands in those areas.

Kneading -- which some people refer to as "making biscuits" -- is a sign of contentment and happiness. Cats knead their mothers when they are nursing to stimulate the let-down of milk.

Cats often attack your ankles when they are bored.

When dogs wag their tails, they may be expressing happiness. But this is not the case for cats! When your cat wags her tail, it's her way of warning you that you are getting on her last nerve.

Cats live longer when they stay indoors.

Cats walk like camels and giraffes: They move both of their right feet first, then move both of their left feet. No other animals walk this way.

Cats make very little noise when they walk around. The thick, soft pads on their paws allow them to sneak up on their prey -- or you!

Female cats have the ability to get pregnant when they are only 4 months old!

Some cat facts are, well, a little gross. For instance, these animals do not have an incest taboo, so they may choose to mate with their brothers and sisters.

Kittens can be spayed or neutered when they are only eight weeks old. If possible, these procedures should be performed in the first 5 months of your cat's life.

Male cats who have been fixed need fewer calories to maintain their weight.

Cats were first brought to the Americas in colonial times to get rid of rodents.

It's not uncommon to see cats in food stores in big cities as a form of free -- and adorable -- pest control.

A group of kittens is called a kindle.

Collective nouns for adult cats include clowder, clutter, glaring and pounce.

Cats are believed to be the only mammals who don't taste sweetness.

A green cat was born in Denmark in 1995. Some people believe that high levels of copper in the water pipes nearby may have given his fur a verdigris effect.

Cats will refuse an unpalatable food to the point of starvation.

White cats with blue eyes are prone to deafness.

Some cats are ambidextrous, but 40 percent are either left- or right-pawed.

Male cats are more likely to be left-pawed, while female cats are more likely to be right-pawed.

Cats can spend up to a third of their waking hours grooming.

Your cat's grooming process stimulates blood flow to his skin, regulates his body temperature and helps him relax.

Cats groom other cats -- and sometimes people -- in a ritual called allogrooming.

Cats may yawn as a way to end a confrontation with another animal. Think of it as their "talk to the hand" gesture.

Each cat's nose print is unique, much like human fingerprints.

Cats dislike citrus scents.

Certain cats go crazy for foods you would not expect, like olives, potato chips and the hops in beer.

Some cats love the smell of chlorine.

Many cats like to lick their owner's freshly washed hair.

Cats like to sleep on things that smell like their owners, like their pillows and dirty laundry.

Cats also love to sleep in laundry baskets, because they appear to be a hiding place with peep holes.

Cats use their whiskers to "feel" the world around them in an effort to determine which small spaces they can fit into. A cat's whiskers are generally about the same width as its body.

Whiskers are also good indicators of a cat's mood. When a cat is scared, he put his whiskers back. But when a cat is in hunting mode, he puts his whiskers forward.

Cats have whiskers on the backs of their front legs, as well.

Kittens in the same litter can have more than one father. This is because the female cat releases multiple eggs over the course of a few days when she is in heat.

Cats dream, just like people do.

Cats have the largest eyes relative to their head size of any mammal.

Cats' rough tongues can lick a bone clean of any shred of meat.

Cats can be toilet-trained.

Cats have 230 bones, while humans only have 206.

Cats' collarbones don't connect to their other bones, as these bones are buried in their shoulder muscles.

Spaying and neutering can extend a cat's life. Neutered males live an average of 62 percent longer than unneutered cats and spayed females live an average of 39 percent longer than unspayed cats.

Male cats who trying to get to a female in heat can show very bizarre behavior -- they've even been known to slide down chimneys!

Cats can jump up to six times their length.

Cats use their long tails to balance themselves when they are jumping or walking along narrow ledges.

If your cat approaches you with a straight, almost vibrating tail, this means that she is extremely happy to see you.

A cat with a question-mark-shaped tail is asking, "Want to play?"

Your cat drapes its tail over another cat, your dog or you as a symbol of friendship.

Most world languages have a similar word to describe the "meow" sound.

When a cat flops over and exposes his belly, it's not always an invitation for a belly rub. 

A cat performs this action when he is relaxed and showing trust.

A housecat's genome is 95.6 percent tiger, and they share many behaviors with their jungle ancestors.

Cats have a unique "vocabulary" with their owner -- each cat has a different set of vocalisations, purrs and behaviors.

Thieving behavior is not uncommon among cats. They will often grab objects like stuffed animals, feather dusters and other things that remind them of prey.

When your cat sticks his bum in your face, he is doing so as a gesture of friendship.

Some 700 million feral cats live in the United States.

Only about half of the cats in the world respond to the scent of catnip.

It's believed that catnip produces an effect similar to LSD or marijuana in cats.

The effects of nepetalactone -- the chemical in catnip that can makes cats crazy -- wears off within 15 minutes, and won't surface again for a few hours, even if your cat remains in sniffing distance.

Male cats are the most sensitive to catnip, while kittens under 3 months old have no response at all.

Cats have an extra organ that allows them to taste scents on the air, which is why your cat stares at you with her mouth open from time to time.

A cat's purr can be self-soothing, as these animals makes this noise when they are ill or distressed.

A cat's purr vibrates at a frequency of 25 to 150 hertz, which is the same frequency at which muscles and bones repair themselves.

Cats have nearly twice the amount of neurons in their cerebral cortex as dogs.

A cat's learning style is about the same as a 2- to 3-year-old child.

There is an urban legend that Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door, but in fact they were mentioned in literature centuries before he was born.

A house cat could beat superstar runner Usain Bolt in the 200 meter dash.

Cats are nearsighted, but their peripheral vision and night vision are much better than those of humans.

Though cats can notice the fast movements of their prey, it often seems to them that slow-moving objects are actually stagnant.

Cats have up to 100 different vocalizations.

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