Interesting Cat Facts

  • Cats are believed to have first been domesticated, by most accounts, somewhere between 4,000 and 5000 B.C., by the Egyptians.  Recent evidence, however, indicates that a close relationship with humans may date back much farther than that! A grave found in Cyprus, estimated to be about 9,500 years old, shows that a cat was buried only inches from a human.
  • Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat.
  • Cats can see in color, although they are partially color blind. They have the equivalency of human red/green color blindness.  (Reds appear green and greens appear red; or shades thereof.)  Cats don’t see “detail” very well. To them, their person may appear hazy when standing in front of them.
  • At birth, kittens can’t see or hear.   Cats open their eyes after five days and begin to develop their eyesight and hearing at approximately 2 weeks.  They begin to walk at 20 days.
  • Kittens begin dreaming at just over one week old.
  • A cat’s hearing is much more developed than a dog’s. In fact, cats can hear ultrasonic sounds.
  • Cats have three blood types: A, B and AB. Most cats have blood type A.
  • The cat’s tail is used to maintain balance. They use their whiskers to determine distances.
  • Cats have sharp pointed teeth that are built for killing prey by suffocation/severing of spine. A cat’s teeth are its greatest asset in the wild. In proportion to body size, the elusive Clouded Leopard has the longest canines in the family felidae, whereas the Jaguar has the strongest jaws.
  • On average, a cat will sleep for 16 hours a day.
  • A domestic cat can run at speeds of 30 mph.
  • A cat will almost never “meow” at another cat.  This sound is reserved for humans.
  • There are approximately 60,000 hairs per square inch on the back of a cat and about 120,000 per square inch on its underside.
  • The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.
  • Calico cats are almost always female.
  • If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you. If her tail starts thrashing, her mood has changed.
  • Cats wag their tails when it is in a stage of conflict.  The cat wants to do two things at once, but each impulse blocks the other.  For example: If your cat is in the doorway wanting to go outside, and you open the door to find it raining, the cat’s tail will wag because of internal conflict.  The cat wants to go outside, but doesn’t want to go into the rain.  Once the cat makes a decision and either returns to the house or leaves into the rain, the tail will immediately stop wagging.
  • Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also invented the cat door.
  • The greatest number of mice killed by one cat?  28,899!  Towser, a tortoise-shell tabby in charge of rodent control in Scotland, killed 28,899 mice in her 21 years.  This is about four mice per day, every day, for 21 years.  Towser died in 1987.
  • In households in the UK and USA, there are more cats kept as pets than dogs. At least 35% of households with cats have 2 or more cats. About 37% of American homes today have at least 1 cat.

Dear Stupid Dogs,

For your information, long before the Bible, the Cat was revered by humankind. We were worshiped in ancient Egypt. Several ancient religions believed that cats are exalted souls, companions or guides for humans, that they are all-knowing but prefer to be mute so they cannot influence decisions made by humans.

Mama M. told me the other day that a new cat tree will be arriving soon. I sincerely believe it was a peace offering because she fears for your measly existence. Do not ever forget that a cat, any cat, is far superior to every dog! I have asked Mama L. to post some interesting and telling cat facts for you to learn from. In case you need help, you can refer to my favorite fountain of knowledge.