Here we are with our third installment of facts about the cuddly and adorable cats. Last time we learned about some weird ancient Egyptian customs, world’s largest and smallest cats, why cats hate water and more. Let us learn another 20 interesting cat facts. We are sure you will love these facts.
Interesting Cat Facts: 1-10
1. Kittens sleep for nearly 18 hours in a day. It is during their sleep that a special growth hormone is released which helps them to grow quickly.
2. Japanese people think that cats, when they die, are capable of turning themselves into super spirits. This belief possibly finds its origins in Buddhism where it is believed that very spiritual people use the bodies of cats as temporary resting place.
3. Prophet Mohammed was very fond of cats. It is believed that a tabby named Muezza was his favorite cat. According to legends, Mohammed often used to place his hand on Muezza’s head which left the imprint of the letter ‘M’ on Muezza’s head. From that point forward, all tabby carry the mark on their head that resembles the letter ‘M’.
4. It is quite natural to come across some Siamese cats that appear to be cross-eyed. This is because of a very peculiar biological makeup of their body. The nerves from their brain’s right side mostly go to the left eye while the nerves from the brain’s left side mostly go to the right eye. This unusual makeup leads to cross vision in some Siamese cats and they try to correct this problem by crossing their eyes.
5. The oldest known cat breed that lives today is possibly the Egyptian Mau. The word ‘Mau’ is actually an Egyptian word for ‘cat’. Experts say that the breed is so ancient that its name is not known and hence, the word Mau has been used to name it.
6. ‘Little Nicky’ is one of world’s most expensive cats ever. He was actually a commercially cloned pet and was first of his kind. The total cost for cloning and producing him was $50,000.
7. Cats are known to have whiskers. There are usually 12 whiskers on either side of their face.
8. More like a fallacy, a cat’s vision is, at the same time, worse than and better than the vision of humans. It is worse because a cat is not well-equipped to see colors as well as humans do. It is better because they are capable of seeing in very dim lighting conditions in which humans fail to see anything but darkness.
9. Though Tom from Tom & Jerry show is one of the most famous comic cats of all time, he is still not THE MOST famous comic cat. This crown is taken by Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. The reason why Cheshire Cat takes this position is because it nicely embodies sorcery and magic that have historically been associated with cats.
10. Cinderella was originally created in Italy. The original Italian version depicted fairy godmother as a cat.
Interesting Cat Facts: 11-20
11. Cats exhibit something called ‘psi-traveling’. This is their uncanny ability to find their way back home even if they end up wandering far in unknown turfs. According to scientists, cats are able to do so either because their brains are equipped with magnetized cells working as a compass or they are capable of using sunlight’s angle as a compass.
12. Cats have something called ear-furnishings. These are nothing but little hair tufts in their ear. These hair are responsible for insulating ears, keeping out direct sound and keeping out dirt.
13. According to Spanish-Jewish folklore, Lilith, the first wife of Adam, turned into a black vampire cat. After that, she fed on sleeping children, sucking the blood out of them. The superstition that a sleeping child’s breath will be sucked out or a sleeping child will be smothered by a cat probably originated from that folklore.
14. In Moscow, Russia, two Siamese cats did something weird when they were in Holland’s embassy. The two cats continuously scratched the walls of the embassy and kept on meowing. Surprised by these unusual activity of the cats, authorities decided to investigate. They hoped they would find some rats. To their surprise, they found hidden microphones in the walls. Those microphones were hidden by the Russians in the embassy so that they could do some spying. Unfortunately, the cats could hear the sounds whenever microphones were turned on!
15. Cats can never chew on large food chunks. That’s because their jaws are not adapted for sidewise movements.
16. Cat flap was invented by Isaac Newton. Newton was busy experimenting on something for which he needed a completely dark room. Unfortunately his cat name Spithead was causing troubles by continuously moving in and out of the door. Whenever the door opened, Newton’s experiment stalled. Frustrated, he came up with the idea of cat flap.
17. Usually cats never meow when they face other cats. They will either hiss, purr or spit. Cats meow only in front of humans.
18. The number of loosely fitting vertebrae in cats is 53 as compared to 34 in humans. This explains why cats have very flexible backs.
19. Ailurophilia is the technical word used for describing the liking for cats.
20. Except for cheetahs, all cats (big or small) sheath their claws while resting.
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