Hi everyone. I thought it might be fun to find true facts about cats. Here are a few and then post a few of your own.
- Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America. There are approximately 66 million cats to 58 million dogs, with Parakeets a distant third at 14 million.
- A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.
- A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
- A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
- A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human only has 206 bones.
- A cat has four rows of whiskers.
- A cat in a hurry can sprint at about thirty-one miles per hour.
- A cat sees about six times better than a human at night because of the tapetum lucidum , a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light.
- A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. The whiskers act as feelers or antennae, helping the animal to judge the precise width of any passage.
- A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans.
- A cat will clean itself with paw and tongue after a dangerous experience or when it has fought with another cat. This is believed to be an attempt by the animal to soothe its nerves by doing something natural and instinctive.
- A cat will never break a sweat because it has no sweat glands.
- A cat will spend nearly 30% of its life grooming itself.
- A cat's arching back is part of a complex body language system, usually associated with feeling threatened. The arch is able to get so high because the cat's spine contains nearly 60 vertebrae which fit loosely together. Humans have only 34 vertebrae.
- A cat's brain is more similar to a human's brain than that of a dog.
- A cat's ear pivots 180 degrees.
- A cat's hearing rates as one of the top in the animal kingdom. Cats can hear sounds as high-pitched as 65 kHz; a human's hearing stops at just 20 kHz.