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    31 Facts You Never Knew About Cats

    Cats, man. So good.

    1. Cats spend 70% of the day sleeping.

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    2. Exotics are the most popular breed in the US.

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    3. For 20 years, the mayor of Talkeetna, a small town in Alaska , was a cat.

    4. In 2013, a cat ran for a mayor in Mexico.

    5. The longest cat in the world is over 42 inches long.

    6. Cats can't taste sweet things.

    7. Cats can, however, distinguish flavors in water.

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    8. The longest living cat ever died at the age of 38.

    9. The richest cat in the world inherited $12.5 million when its owner passed away.

    10. Purring actually improves bone density and promotes healing within a cat.

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    11. But cats don't just purr when they're content, they also purr when they're under duress, or when they're injured.

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    12. Many female cats are right-handed (right-pawed?) while many male cats favor their left paw.

    13. A cat can jump about six times its own height.

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    14. Structurally, a cat's brain is about 90% similar to a human's brain. They're intelligent, but most of the time, they can't be bothered to express their emotions.

    15. Of all its senses, a cat's strongest is its hearing. They hear about four times as well as a human.

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    16. Cats are better at problem solving than dogs.

    17. And they have a better capacity for visual learning than dogs as well.

    18. Cats can change their meow depending on the situation, such as when they're demanding to be fed.

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    19. If they exerted themselves, cats could run faster than Usain Bolt, the fastest living human.

    20. Cats cover their waste in sand or litter as a sign of subservience to humans. If they don't cover up their waste, it's like they're saying, "I'm not afraid of you, human."

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    21. Cats use their whiskers to determine if they can fit in a certain space.

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    22. Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees.

    23. They can also move each ear independently.

    24. Cats sweat through their paws.

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    25. Cats have a distinct pattern on their nose, like a human fingerprint.

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    26. According to one study, cats prefer to be petted on their face, especially around their mouths. They actually dislike being stroked around their tails.

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    27. When a cat rubs its cheeks or whiskers on you, they're marking you with their scent. It's a sign of affection, and your cat is essentially claiming you as its own.

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    28. The largest recorded litter of cats ever birthed was 19 kittens. Most litters are just four to six kittens.

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    29. Black cats may be a bad omen in the US, but in other countries, such as England and Japan, they're a sign of good luck.

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    30. The oldest breed of cat is the Egyptian Mau. "Mau" actually just means "cat" in Egypt.

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    31. Cats are cute.

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    This post was translated from Japanese.

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