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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

20 Fun Facts About Cats

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.
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