Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the internet, here are YET MORE AMAZING FELINE FACTS for your delectation.
1. Cats can drink seawater.
Unlike humans, cats have kidneys that can filter out salt and use the water content to hydrate their bodies. (Yes, I know seawater doesn’t come out of the toilet.)
2. But they can’t taste sweet things.
Scientists believe that a mutation in a key taste receptor has prevented cats from being able to taste sugar. No cat will ever know the joy of a cupcake.
3. Some cats have thumbs.
Apparently these aren’t “true” thumbs, but just extra toes.
5. The furry tufts on the inside of cats’ ears are called “ear furnishings”.
They insulate the ear, and help filter out direct sounds and debris.
6. Cats can hear dolphins. Theoretically.
Cats can hear the ultrasonic noises that rodents (and dolphins) make to communicate.
7. The ridged pattern on cat’s nose is as unique as a human fingerprint.
8. But cats can’t see directly below their noses. That’s why they miss food that’s right in front of them.
9. Isaac Newton invented the cat flap after his own cat, Spithead, kept opening the door and spoiling his light experiments.
And when Spithead had kittens, he cut each kitten a cat flap of its own.
10. Nikola Tesla was inspired to investigate electricity after his cat, Macak, gave him a static shock.
12. Kittens sleep a lot because their bodies release a growth hormone only when they’re asleep.
13. Adult cats don’t release any particular key hormones during sleep. They just snooze all day because they can.
The fact that cats don’t have duvets is only of small comfort here.
14. In fact, cats sleep so much that, by the time a cat is 9 years old, it will only have been awake for three years of its life.
How amazing does that sound?
15. By neutering a cat, you add about two to three years to its life.
16. Most female cats are right-pawed, and most male cats favour their left paws.
20. Cats have a third eyelid called a “haw”. It’s generally only visible when they’re unwell.
21. Cats can run 3 mph faster than Usain Bolt.
Usain’s record is 27 mph. A domestic cat’s fastest time is 30 mph.
22. In the original Italian version of Cinderella, the benevolent fairy godmother figure was a cat.
23. Russian scientists discovered in the 1930s that Siamese kittens kept in very warm rooms didn’t develop the breed’s signature dark patches.
24. Cats’ homing instinct may be due to magnets in their BRAINS.
Cats find their way home through a process called “psi-travelling” — experts think they navigate via the angle of sunlight, or that they have magnetised brain cells that act like compasses.
25. Cats may have evolved their “tone of voice” to communicate with humans.
Cats’ natural vocal range would be inaudible to humans, but they communicate feelings such as affection, hunger, and fear within the range of human hearing. Some researchers believe that this is learned behaviour to help cats to relate to humans.
26. The more you talk to your cat, the more it will talk to you.
If you chat to your cat, it will increasingly chirrup and meow at you.
27. In fact, cats can make over 100 vocal sounds.
Dogs can only make 10.
28. Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine (26 purrs per second).
29. But cats aren’t the only animals that purr — squirrels, lemurs, elephants, and even gorillas purr too.
32. If your cat looks at you like this, it loves you.
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