The domestic cat is a small, typically furry, domesticated, and carnivorous mammal. They are often called house cats when kept as indoor pets or simply cats when there is no need to distinguish them from other felids and felines. Cats are often valued by humans for companionship and their ability to hunt vermin.
Here are some interesting facts about cats:
- Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.
- There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.
- A group of cats is called a clowder.
- Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears.
- Cats sleep 70% of their lives.
- A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.
- And one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013.
- In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping meat.
- When cats grimace, they are usually “taste-scenting.” They have an extra organ that, with some breathing control, allows the cats to taste-sense the air.
- Cats can’t taste sweetness.
- Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.
- Wikipedia has a recording of a cat meowing because why not?
- The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long.
- Evidence suggests domesticated cats have been around since 3600 B.C., 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs.
- A cat’s purr may be a form of self-healing, as it can be a sign of nervousness as well as contentment.
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