It’s undeniable that domestic cats are wildly popular around the world, including here in America. Around 500-600 million cats are family pets and approximately 30 percent of the homes in the United States have at least one cat. Given their popularity, it makes sense to learn about some of the lessor-known facts that make these animals so lovable and entertaining.
Just about all of us know that cats have very keen, inherent hunting abilities, but did you know that it’s these very skills that inspire your cat to be most active during the pre-dawn-and-dusk hours? Hunting is also why your cat’s back paws step in almost the exact same spots as his front paws; this limits noise that would startle prey and reduces the number of traceable prints your natural born hunter leaves behind when he’s stalking prey.
While the Cat Fancier’s Association and the International Cat Association, the two largest cat registries in the world, recognize 35 and 28 breeds of cats respectively, cats are generally close to each other in terms of size, shape and disposition regardless of their breed because all domesticated cats descended from the Middle Eastern wildcat, Felis Silvestris Lybica.
Cats can make more than 100 vocal sounds, but save their meowing for their mothers. When they are kittens, they will meow if they need help or are hungry. Similarly, adult cats will meow only when they want their owner’s attention, food or are in danger. While older, injured or sick cats will sometimes purr for different reasons, cats typically purr to express their contentment.
Cats have excellent hearing and sight. In fact, cats can hear even better than dogs as they can hear high-pitched sounds up to 60 – 65 kHz. Cats can see up to 120 feet in front of them, have better peripheral vision than humans and require only one-sixth of the light that people need to see in similar circumstances.
Cats are known for their athleticism and can run at a rate of up to thirty-one miles per hour! Cats are typically adept jumpers and use more 500 muscles to make just one leap. Their shared dexterity is what makes it so much fun for felines to play by chasing toys and pretend fighting.
An ordinary domestic cat sleeps approximately 13-14 hours per day and spends up to half of his waking hours to groom himself. In general, cats rarely need to be bathed by humans because they groom themselves daily.
Most domestic cats weigh between 8lb, 13oz and 11lb, 0oz. The heaviest domestic feline whose weight was documented weighed a whopping 46lb, 15.20z!
Well, that’s it for now! I hope this post has helped cat lovers to love their feline family members even more! I also hope it has caused people who claim not to be big fans of cats to appreciate them for the wondrous creatures they are. Finally, I hope this post leads those out there who don’t currently have a pet to consider adopting a cat in need of a forever home so they can enjoy the company of a pet who will love them unconditionally.