All the kitty facts posted here have been
collected from various sources over the internet.
71% of cats and kittens entering US animal shelters are destroyed.
**Please spay or neuter your pets**
47% of cats surrendered to US shelters are not spayed or neutered.
420,000 kittens can be produced, from one female cat and her offspring, in 6 years.
Both, humans and cats, have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.
Blue-eyed, white cats are often deaf.
Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, about 26 cycles per second.
Domestic cats purr both when inhaling and when exhaling.
The heaviest cat on record weighed 46 lbs.
A kitten will typically weigh about 3 ounces at birth.
The typical male housecat will weigh between 7 and 9 pounds, slightly less for female housecats.
The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking.
If a cat is frightened, the hair stands up fairly evenly all over the body; when the cat threatens or is ready to attack, the hair stands up only in a narrow band along the spine and tail.
The ancient Egyptians were the first to tame the cat (in about 3000 BC), and used them to control pests.
Cats have been domesticated for half as long as dogs have been.
There are approximately 100 breeds of cat.
The life expectancy of cats has nearly doubled since 1930 -- from 8 to 16 years.
If a cat is frightened, put your hand over its eyes and forehead, or let him bury his head in your armpit to help calm him.
A cat will tremble or shiver when it is in extreme pain.
Purring does not always indicate that a cat is happy and healthy -- some cats will purr loudly when they are terrified or in pain.
Not every cat gets "high" from catnip. If the cat doesn't have a specific gene, it won't react (about 20% do not have the gene). Catnip is non-addictive.
A cat will spend nearly 30% of her life grooming herself.
Cats with long, lean bodies are more likely to be outgoing, and more protective and vocal, than those with a stocky build.
The average lifespan of an outdoor-only (feral and non-feral) cat is about 3 years; an indoor-only cat can live 16 years and longer.
It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one's blood pressure.
If your cat snores, or rolls over on his back to expose his belly, it means he trusts you.
According to a Gallup poll, most American pet owners obtain their cats by adopting strays.
When your cats rubs up against you, she is actually marking you as hers with her scent.
If your cat pushes his face against your head, it is a sign of acceptance and affection.
Six-toed kittens are so common in Boston, and surrounding areas of Massachusetts, that experts consider it an established mutation.
Cat litter was invented in 1947 by Edward Lowe.
The story goes that his neighbor was
using sand from a pile in her front yard. In the winter, the sand would
freeze, so she would then use ashes from the fireplace to fill the cat box.
You can imagine the mess around the house with little sooty kitty paw prints
everywhere. Well, she decided to go to her neighbor, who happened to be in the
construction business, and see if she could get some sand from him. Instead,
he gave her this clay material which was sold as an industrial absorbent. It
was made from sawdust and an absorbent clay. In 1964, Lowe created and
marketed "Tidy Cat Brand" kitty litter. "Tidy Cat"
is a brand name that all cat owners know. It can be found in most grocery and
pet stores across the nation. Want to know more about Edward Lowe or Kitty
Litter, please visit his site here.
Cats lived with soldiers in trenches, where they killed mice during World War I.
Ailurophile is the word cat lovers are officially called.
the word for people who are afraid of
or hate cats.
Cats eat grass to aid their digestion and to help them get rid of any fur in their stomachs.
On average, a cat will sleep for 16 hours a day.
Tylenol and Chocolate are both poisonous to cats.
The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wild Cat which still exits today.
Cats bury their feces to cover their trails from predators.
Mama cat's teach their kittens to use the litter box.
In Great Britain, black cats are thought to bring good luck. In the US, they are
considered bad luck; but, only if you're superstitious.
The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.
The largest known litter, (with all surviving), was that of a Persian in South Africa, named Bluebell. Bluebell gave birth to 14 kittens in one litter!
More than 35,000 kittens are born in the U.S. each year.
The oldest cat on record tends to change frequently. Tek Granpa is the current
longest-living cat on record. The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that
Granpa, who appeared in the March 1997 Cat Fancy centerfold, was the world's longest-living cat. Granpa, who died on April 1, 1998, lived to be 34 years,
two months and four hours. The previous record was 34 years and one day, and had
been set in 1957 by a tabby from England.
People who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
Sociable cats have a tendency to follow you from room to room to monitor your activities,
and help you with your chores, throughout the day.
The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak to you.
A group of kittens is called a kindle.
A group of grown cats is called a clowder.
The average cat weighs 12 pounds.
34% of cat-owning households have incomes of $60,000 or more.
32% of those who own their own home, also own at least one cat.