Let’s face it – cats are fascinating creatures! Those who have them already know this – but for those who don’t, here are 15 amazing facts about cats.
1. A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s, which is much more similar to us than a dog’s brain. That’s probably why they get along so well with highly intelligent people.
2. A cat can jump up to six times its length – which is why it’s so important to have a great climbing tree for them.
3. Cats sleep nearly 70% of their lives. This is why it’s so important to have acozy cat bed for them.
4. The middle of a cat’s tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, which is why it feels like sandpaper when they lick you. This helps the cat break off and strip away meat when they eat.
5. Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by nearly a third. If you’re stressed out, you may want to consider adopting a cat.
6. Cats are lactose intolerant, so stop giving them bowls of cream and letting them drink milk. Instead, consider a nice bowl of warm goat’s milk.
7. The technical term for “hairball” is “bezoar” and people once believed it could cure poisoning, so they saved up bezoars and sold them.
8. Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that control emotion. Cats just tend to use that section much more frequently than humans.
9. A cat’s cerebral cortex (the part of the brain in charge of cognitive information processing) has 300 million neurons, compared with a dog’s 160 million
9. Cats have 1,000 times more data storage in their minds than an iPad.
10. Abraham Lincoln loved cats and kept four in the White House. Treasury official Mansell B. Field wrote this in his memoirs:
“[President Abraham Lincoln] possessed extraordinary kindness of heart when his feelings could be reached. He was fond of dumb animals, especially cats. I have seen him fondle one for an hour. Helplessness and suffering touched him when they appealed directly to his senses, or when you could penetrate through his intelligence to them.”
12. Whiskers are very important to a cat – they use their whiskers to detect if they can fit through a space. Never trim a cat’s whiskers.
13. Cats have inferior daytime sight, but they need seven times less light than humans to see at night. This is a great night time toy for cats and humans because everyone likes fireflies and some of us need nightlights.
14. Sir Isaac Newton is credited with inventing the cat door (although there are a lot of folks who dispute this).
15. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 74 million pet cats and only 69 million dogs!