There’s a reason we love cats…
Who are we kidding? There are dozens of reasons that explain our die-hard affection for felines! They’re cute, of course, but the general drive to provide for cats goes much deeper. Petting and snuggling them can decrease the risk of heart attack and other health calamities, for example. Furthermore, cat ownership triggers the release of oxytocin, the love hormone, a truth that strengthens our bond.
Of all the other fun cat facts out there, Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital hopes the following points reinforce your love of cats, or spur you closer to adoption.
Because cats have highly developed senses, they are able to achieve some pretty serious moves. Here’s some fun cat facts for example:
- Hearing – Cats can hear high-pitched sounds, up to 64 kHz, a range that sits about 1.6 octaves above our own. With 32 muscles in each ear, they can swivel their ears toward sound (up to 180 degrees), making it much easier to find prey.
- Sight – Cats don’t see in color like we do, but they do see red-green equivalents. Being able to see in about ⅙ the light we require, cats can see about 5 times better than humans, and have excellent peripheral and long distance vision.
- Smell – While not as good as dogs, cats have about 195 millions more odor sensitive cells in the noses than we do (that’s 14 times better!). They do use scent to mark their territory and distinguish the areas belonging to other cats. Scent glands are located around the mouth, lips, under the chin, and between the eyes and ears.
- Taste – Cats cannot taste sweetness, and have a 25% fewer taste buds than humans. Their 473 taste buds are primarily located on the tip of the tongue. Cats lack the enzyme to properly digest milk. A cat’s tongue has rows of “hooks” that grab and comb fur, and spreads skin oils to waterproof the coat.
- Agility – With sense receptors in their whiskers, and 517 muscles throughout the body, cats have remarkable abilities to hide, ambush, hunt, leap, and land with grace. In fact, when they leap they can stretch their bodies by 11%! Walking on their 10 front toes and 8 back toes, cats can walk with greater speed and precision. They can even grab, tap, hold and snatch objects with their paws. Of their 244 bones, 20 of them are in the tail and used for flexibility.
More Fun Cat Facts
There are so many fun cat facts out there, and we hope you appreciate the ones we culled from a seemingly endless variety.
- Spaying and neutering stops the cycle of a single pair of cats producing over 400,000 cats in just 7 years.
- While cats don’t meow to other cats, they can make up to 100 vocal sounds typically reserved for communicating with their beloved owners.
- Cats are crepuscular; their most active hours surround dawn and dusk.
- Cats have 30 permanent teeth after their 26 milk teeth fall out between 12-18 weeks of age.
Our veterinarians and staff members love cats, and are happy to answer any questions or address concerns about your cat’s behavior. If you have other fun cat facts, please let us know!