Animals·Posted on Oct 4, 201731 Facts You Never Knew About CatsCats, man. So good.by Kyla RyanBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Cats spend 70% of the day sleeping. Fatesun / Getty Images 2. Exotics are the most popular breed in the US. Getty Images 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. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 6. Cats can't taste sweet things. 7. Cats can, however, distinguish flavors in water. Phant / Getty Images 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. Vladans / Getty Images 11. But cats don't just purr when they're content, they also purr when they're under duress, or when they're injured. Peeterv / Getty Images 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. Erlobrown / Getty Images 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. Instants / Getty Images 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. Vladans / Getty Images 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." W-ings / Getty Images 21. Cats use their whiskers to determine if they can fit in a certain space. Steevy84 / Getty Images 22. Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees. 23. They can also move each ear independently. 24. Cats sweat through their paws. Nitikornistock / Getty Images 25. Cats have a distinct pattern on their nose, like a human fingerprint. Bastetamn / Getty Images 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. Sjallenphotography / Getty Images 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. Fdevalera / Getty Images 28. The largest recorded litter of cats ever birthed was 19 kittens. Most litters are just four to six kittens. Meadowsun / Getty Images 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. Awaylgl / Getty Images 30. The oldest breed of cat is the Egyptian Mau. "Mau" actually just means "cat" in Egypt. Bigandt_photography / Getty Images 31. Cats are cute. Foonia / Getty Images This post was translated from Japanese.