Fun Facts about Cats#1 Ailurophiles – people who love cats – always want to know more about their favorite pets. Here are some facts about house cats that you might not already know.
#2 Groups of kittens are “kindles,” while groups of adult cats are “clowders.”
#3 One litter of kittens can be produced by more than one father.
#4 Cats weigh an average of 12 pounds. The heaviest cat on record weighed nearly 47 pounds. The lightest was one pound, eight ounces.
#5 A cat’s heart beats up to 140 times per minute, or about twice as fast as a human’s. VIDEO: About Cat Heart and more fun facts
#6 Cats have five toes on each front foot, but only four on each back foot.
#7 Many cats don’t have eyelashes.
#8 Many people think that cats are colorblind, but it’s a myth. Now we know that cats can see blues, reds and greens.
#9 Cats will spend about a third of the day grooming. The process is helped along by the backwards-facing spikes on their tongues. Now you know why it feels like being rubbed with sandpaper when they lick you.
#10 They will also spend about 16 hours a day sleeping.
#11 Bluebell, a Persian cat, had fourteen kittens in one litter: the largest single litter in which every kitten survived.
#12 Puss, a cat from England, lived to be 36 in human years: the oldest cat on record.
#13 Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door.
#14 Ancient Egyptians shaved their eyebrows in mourning when their cats died. And if someone killed a cat, he or she could get the death penalty.
#15 Cats rarely meow at other cats.
#16 Kittens will start dreaming when they’re about one week old.
#17 When kittens are born, their eyes are blue – but they often change color as the babies grow.
#18 Cats can be trained to use the toilet as their litter box. Some can even be taught to flush when they’re done.
#19 Researchers have tried mouse-flavored cat food. The cats who were introduced to it refused to eat it.
#20 You might think it’s disgusting when your cat brings you dead prey (like a bird or mouse), but you should thank her anyway. She thinks that she’s bringing you a present.