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60 interesting cat related facts

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There are hundreds of interesting cat facts, in this article we present you with 60 of our favorite ones

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@claremarienyc via Twenty20

List of Cat facts

An adult cat has 230 bones in its body. For comparison a human has 206.

Cats have five toes on their front paws but only four on their back.

The domestic cat can run at a speed of about 31mph – faster than a human

A cats normal body temperature is around 100-102.5 F whereas a human's temperature is around 98.6 F.

A group of cats is called a clowder.

A group of kittens is a kindle.

Tortoiseshell cats are almost always female.

Ginger cats are almost always male.

Cats are ‘true' or ‘obligate' carnivores.

Most cats are lactose intolerant.

Neutered cats live about two to three years longer on average than unneutered ones.

Around 10 percent of the human population are allergic to cats.

A cat's night vision is six times better than humans.

The average lifespan for a feral cat is 3 – 5 years,

A domestic cat can live to 16 years old or even older sometimes.

Cats can get sunburn.

Cats are able to either roar or purr, but not both.

Cats can make around 100 different sounds.

Adult cats have 30 teeth. Kittens have 26 teeth.

A male cat is called a Tom

A female cat is called a Queen or a Molly.

The official name for a cat lover is an ailurophile.

The official name for a cat hater is called an ailurophobe.

The first cat in space was called Felicette.

A typical cat blinks twice a minute.

There are over 250 different varieties of catnip.

The Latin name for catnip is Nepeta Cataria.

The cat family is called the Felidae.

A cat can jump up to five times its own height.

Cats cannot taste sweet things.

Cats only have 473 taste buds compared to a human's 9,000

A cat can jump six times its own length.

A cat's heart beats almost twice as fast as a humans, at a speed of around 110 to 140 beats per minute

Cats can hear ultrasonic sounds.

There are some 500 million domestic cats worldwide.

Cats are currently the most popular house pet in both the US and UK.

Cats are naturally nocturnal animals.

Around 7 per cent of cats snore.

Most cats prefer eating fish to eating meat.

Cats need 10 times more protein than dogs.

Cats must have fat in their food because they cannot produce it

More than a third of cats are believed to be obese.

The average cat needs to eat about 200 calories a day.

Cats can hear a wider range of sounds than humans.

Cats also suffer from many diseases like cancer and diabetes

Cat's eyes can be coloured green, gold, blue or copper.

Every cat's purr is unique.

Cats' eyes have a reflective layer called the tapetum.

The latin name for the domestic cat is Felis catus.

Cats can have food allergies, just like people.

A Cats nose can be pink, orange or black.

In ancient Egypt, there were two cat goddesses – they wer called Bast and Sekhmet.

The Ancient Greeks managed to keep their cats on a leash.

The Ancient Celts used to sacrifice cats.

Cats dislike the smell of citrus fruits, so these are commonly used to keep them out of peoples gardens.

A cat's sense of smell is 14 times stronger than a humans.

Another name for a group of cats is a Glaring.

The Romans brought cats to Britain.

Female cats weigh between 6-10 pounds on average

Male cats weigh between 10-15 pounds on average

The following are food you should not feed your cats – onions, garlic, grapes, mushrooms, chocolate or raisins.

A female cat can have three to five litters a year.

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