Boo McCourt has experience caring for cats and likes to share tips she finds along the way.
For the Love of Cats
If you are a devoted cat lover like myself, you too might be curious about the fascinating marvels your cat does, then you just might be interested in reading this. I know I enjoy the quirky behaviors of my beloved cats, I often wonder what it means when one will purr very loudly, or if the grass they are munching on is safe. Cats have a very delightful personality, they can be stubborn and aloof one minute or craving your love the next minute while digging into your lap for attention.
I have discovered and listed below some pretty interesting things about your cat you may have not known, a few tips that will keep your furry friend happy, safe, and healthy hopefully for a long, long time. These are some fascinating facts I have put together while looking into the world of the precious creature known as the domestic house cat we know and love.
It looks like someone is sleepy.
Fascinating Facts About Your Cat
1. Your cat's normal body temperature is 100 to 102.5 degree's Fahrenheit. A cats body temperature is higher than us humans, they can also tolerate higher temperatures than we can as long as they have access to water.
2. Your cat will shake or shiver when it is in extreme pain. A cat that shakes may be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Shaking should not be ignored. If your cat is shaking or trembling it might be a sign you should visit a veterinarian.
3. It's not a good idea to feed your cat tuna fish exclusively, mainly because it lacks taurine, an essential nutrient your cat requires for good health. While tuna fish is fine for your cat in moderation or as a treat, too much canned tuna can be a no-no.
4. Surprisingly, purring does not always indicate that a cat is happy and healthy, some cats will purr loudly when they are terrified or in pain. Also purring may actually increase in a cat experiencing pain.
5. Your cat needs fat in its diet because it is not able to produce its own. This may be due to your cat's inability to regulate the rate at which liver enzymes break down protein.
6. While many cats or kittens enjoy milk, it will cause many of them to have diarrhea. Many cats cannot properly digest lactose as they become older.
7. Neutering your male cat will, in almost all instances, stop territorial marking (spraying), fighting with other cats, as well as enhance and extend your cat's quality of life. Males are traditionally neutered when they are six months old.
8. Over-the-counter medications can be dangerous. Never give your cat aspirin, unless specifically prescribed by your veterinarian, it can be fatal. Never ever give Tylenol (acetaminophen) to a cat, it can break down blood cells, causing anemia and death.
9. Cat bites are more likely to become infected than dog bites. If you are bitten and have any signs of infection, such as fever, chills, redness, swelling, warmth, increased tenderness, oozing seek medical attention.
10. When your cat rubs up against you, they are actually marking you with their scent. As well as claiming you as their property. So the biggest question is, who owns who? And if you have a cat, we know the answer.
Relaxing and taking in the view.
11. Your cat doesn't taste sweets. Because they lack 247 base pairs of the amino acids that make up the DNA of the Tas1r2 gene. Scientists do know that cats can taste things we cannot, such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the compound that supplies the energy in every living cell.
12. Your cats tail is more than a communication tool. A cat's tail is part of the spinal cord, which extends from the base of the skull to the tip of the tail. The tail is primarily used to retain balance. In spite of the tail's balance function, cats can adapt well without one.
13. Your cat kneads with its paws when it is happy. research suggests that kneading is a leftover behavior from when your cat was a kitten. A kitten will knead the mother's teat to promote the flow of milk.
14. The average age for an indoor cat is 15 years, while the average age for an outdoor cat is only three to five years. Depending on the breed and indoor-outdoor factors, lifespans will vary.
15. Your cat loves to chew on grass, catnip, parsley or sage. If you suspect your cat has been poisoned call your veterinarian or local emergency animal clinic. Offering grass to your indoor cat can distract them from nibbling on potentially hazardous and toxic indoor houseplants and other items.
16. Many cats prefer their food at room temperature, your cat may refuse any food that is too cold or too hot. Of course, this depends on your cat. Many cats may enjoy their food on the colder side.
17. Never feed your cat dog food. Cats need five times more protein than dogs do. Dogs can use beta-carotene as a source of Vitamin A, cats cannot. Cats can not manufacture the fatty acid called 'arachidonic acid' and must have it supplemented in their diet; it is not essential for dogs to have this fatty acid in their food.
18. Your cat HATES a dirty litter box and will often refuse to use a dirty box. If you have multiple cats, it is recommended you have a litter box for each cat.
19. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats. It isn't known why, but repeated vomiting and hyperactivity are early signs of kidney failure.
20. Your cat can get tapeworms from eating infected mice or other exposed animals.
21. Neutering your cat can extend its life span by two or three years. And who doesn't want to have your precious cat around for a lot longer?
22. At three-week-old, your kittens are ready to start eating softened kitten food. As the kitten assimilates to eating, gradually decrease the amount of milk replacer you add, while slowly increasing the amount of kitten food.
23. Your cat's tongue is scratchy because it's lined with papillae, tiny backward hooks that help to hold prey in place.
So there you have it—23 fascinating facts about your cat. I hope you found these little tidbits informative and enjoyed reading them. I know that cats can be very mysterious and even anti-social . very much the opposite of dogs. I am often baffled at some of the things my cat does. There are many more things I can learn as well. Here's to loving cats and all the wonder they show and teach us every day!
© 2010 Boo McCourt
Rowsie on September 01, 2020:
No 7. Toms will sometimes spray even if they're neutered. They will also spray because of stress. Once a kitten has reached 1kg in weight, they can be desexed.
After 3 years of a constant dry food diet, my cats' teeth are in perfect condition.
bre on December 05, 2019:
Theses facts are cool and great for my school project.THANK YOU
amolas on August 24, 2018:
cats are very cute, and a good pet.
kasonia on May 16, 2018:
why cat so interesting
BonnieS on April 07, 2016:
Hello had my Tia for almost 19 years 24/7. For the first 5 years we lived with my daughter and her family, then we moved to our own place. She was my morning noon and night. She loved having her own home to run and play in. Tia did not liked to be picked up but loved to come up on the couch and put her front part on my leg. She loved the Christmas tree I bought for her to play in and she knew it was hers, I had my own which some how she knew as she never touched it. She played with the train set and chased it around. It is hard for me to talk about her for long as when I lost her my world fell apart. I couldn't eat, sleep. I did not want have any interaction with my family or friends for a long time. One day my daughter came over and when she came in she had a very tiny kitten with her and asked for my help. The poor thing has "cerebellar hypoplasia" my heart broke watching him try to walk and fall over. Any way Michelle said mom your all alone and so is he won't you please take care of him? I told her no and she said mom he would make you a great Buddy. The more I looked at him the more my heart melted. I finally agreed and 2 weeks later we found out that Buddy was in fact a budette (female). It is now 5 years later and Buddy and I are inseparable. I am no longer alone and neither is Buddy. I just wanted to share how much a cat can do for a very old and once lonely lady. We have since adopted another kitten-7 weeks old-abandoned, her name is Lil and Buddy takes care of her as if she were her own baby.
I love your hub, thank you for allowing me to read all about your precious babies. Cat are a miracle from God!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on February 23, 2014:
I only stated that they prefer their food at room temperature, that if it is too cold or too hot the cat will refuse it. My cats will eat cold or warm food as well. I will amend my statement to may refuse it. Thank you Lori for your comment. It is appreciated.
Lori on January 26, 2014:
Please remember that each cat is unique. You can sate what you believe to be true but this isn't always the case. I have a cat who eats her food cold or room temp. Obviously the can is refrigerated after it's opened the first time. So, I have to disagree with the comment a cat won't eat cold food. Mine has ~ for 18 years and going strong.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 15, 2013:
Have you taken him to the vet for a check up? My moms cat did exactly that after we had him neutered. but after two months he is starting to come around. He isn't as affectionate though. It is hard to tell. Cats like their privacy and can often be snobby. But to be sure I would have him checked if it is possible for you to do that.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 15, 2013:
Thank you FullOfLoveSites, i try to read everything I can about keeping my cats healthy.
Meganlynn17 on May 12, 2013:
I have a cat will be 1 year this month and when we first got him he was so affectionate and cuddled all the time...lately he has been very distant. He will lay by his food bowl if in the room and won't bother laying with us on the bed anymore and hates when we pick him up now he will also go find someplace around the house and practically hide...is this normal or should I be worried? I've had cats before none of them did this they have all been affectionate none of them would do what my cat is doing now. Any help would be great! Thank you!
FullOfLoveSites from United States on May 09, 2013:
Oh thanks for your great information! Now I would know if my cat's not feeling well if it shivers, otherwise I will have no clue if it's sick.
kim on May 05, 2013:
This is good information
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 03, 2013:
Check out this article on why your cat may be meowing. I have an older cat that howls at times. Like he is lost or confused. the vet said he may be showing signs of early dementia. I don't think your cat would have dementia at such a young age. My mom has a two year old who meows alot, but he too is healthy, the vet said sometimes cats just meow. So hopefully as he gets a little older he will meow less. You sound like an awesome cat owner.
Shayna on May 01, 2013:
This helped understanding my cat a little, but I still can not figure out why he won't stop meowing. He is an indoor cat that isn't even a year old. He is extremely healthy, doesn't like to go outside (trust me I have tried), he gets plenty of attention, he always has food in his dish. Could you by chance tell me why he might still be continuing to meow? Just in the past couple days it has gotten really bad. Oh and he has always been the only cat we have. Could he maybe be bored? He has PLENTY of toys. We even got toys so that we could play with him. I mean we did before we got those toys because I have a cat that loves to play fetch. I'm just trying to
Perry the Cat from Mouskin, Texas on July 11, 2012:
DzyMsLizzy - another reason a cat's tongue is textured is to hold water. Cat's can't sip, so they lick up the water that stays on their tongues. The papillae on their tongues that point back into the mouth to keep whatever fluid they are drinking from running back out of their mouths.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on July 11, 2012:
Well said Perry the Cat!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on July 11, 2012:
Living in an apartment you are allowed to do only so much. My managers call the shelters to come get the strays and ferals. If we are caught feeding the they threaten us with a pet fee. Such cruelty.I will read your hub, as I love reading about cats. Thank you for your comment.
Suelynn from Manitoba, Canada on July 07, 2012:
Hi Crazybeanrider: Lovely hub about cats and really nice information here. I love cats too and have become quite involved with some apartment strays that don't have a home. It's a pity all the shelters are full, but I'm doing what I can in the meantime.
If you have the inclination, I just posted a hub about these animals today. :)
Perry the Cat from Mouskin, Texas on June 25, 2012:
Only one criticism: It is a mistake to believe cats have behavior problems. It is always human expectations that are the problems, not the cat's behavior. As a cat I speak out and say baloney to people who think they can keep us from doing "bad" stuff. It's you, the human, who must change his attitudes. We are not your "buddy", we are not your "pal". We will not fetch your slippers, go after a ball or defend the home. We are cats, we do what we please.
So, don't call us "bad kitties". Everything we do we do for a reason. Your job is to find out what that reason is and fix it.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 22, 2012:
Thank you for reading and taking the time comment.
subscribing on June 15, 2012:
I already had a cat. Then this female cat had other 3 little cats. Two boys and 1 girl. Hmmm. These are cute animals! Great hub!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on April 26, 2012:
Cats do have some odd quirks don't they, that is one reason I love them so much.
msprissysmom from USA on April 18, 2012:
We have a Polydactyl Bengal cat, and since the day he was born he has a chill like thing he does. And he always does it, even when it's over 100 outside.
qwertyopp on April 04, 2012:
i like this because it helps me now
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on February 18, 2012:
Thank you, that is such a great goal. The cats will be forever grateful. I love that idea.
arusho from University Place, Wa. on February 18, 2012:
I love cats, and hope one day, when I'm retired, to be a foster home for cats. Good info!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on February 02, 2012:
Yes they are the most unique of creatures.
holdmycoffee on January 20, 2012:
Very interesting information. Thank you for sharing details about cat's behavior. I really like cats, but sometimes I am puzzled with them.
Eric on January 09, 2012:
Very informative, found answers to my question. Thanks
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on December 09, 2011:
Hi Stephanie-Thank you for linking and sharing, I love Gemini, so sweet.
alphagirl- I had two cats, both have passed, my 18 yr old Ethel recently and I miss so many of their little quirks. I keep my moms 17 year old who is so demanding. But you gotta love them.
Thank you both for reading and commenting. It is always nice to hear from other cat lovers.
Mae Williams from USA on December 08, 2011:
love the facts about cats... I have had 3 cats in my lifetime and all three had great personalities. I will say the one with persian meowed and talked more than I could stand. It talked all day. My current cat espresso is quiet and sneaky. LOL
Stephanie Henkel from USA on December 08, 2011:
This is such an interesting hub that I think every cat lover will enjoy. I'm linking it to my latest hub (actually written by my cat, Gemini) on ways to pamper your cat. Also, sharing...
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on December 04, 2011:
Hi Carol, that sounds like a perfect idea. My cat who is now 17 rarely eats dry food anymore, so breaking up the wet food so it isn't to cool for him is his favorite. I have resorted to buying smaller cans and dividing those up as well. he seems to want to eat all the time. Sadly I lost my beloved Ethel in June. I thought she'd live forever :(
Hi Sky- Glad you enjoyed the information, checked out your video, cats are the essence of joy aren't they?
Sky321 from Canada on December 03, 2011:
Interesting and useful, thank you for sharing.
Carol Petretti from California on December 02, 2011:
Loved this article. I have three cats and did notice the cold food thing with them. They refuse to eat any food that has been in the fridge, even if we allow it to get to room temputure. We now use the very small cans divided 3 ways twice a day, plus a special diet dry food. Our male gets urinary blockages. So the dry food is for his needs. The girls seem to be ok with it. One of the females has asthma, so we needed to change all of them to a dustless litter. The kitty with Asthma, we use tuna to bribe her to come and get her medication. Very small amount. Just a bribe, not a meal. My other female is the fussy one. She says the litter boxes must be clean for her use at all times. What a princess.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on November 15, 2011:
gabriella-Thank you for taking the time to comment, yes cats do have some odd behaviors don't they?
gabriella on November 15, 2011:
that's some great facts. i didn't know about most of that suff. thanks.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on October 19, 2011:
Thank you visitmaniac, I have a 17 year-old. My 18 year Ethel sadly passed on 4 months ago. She was such a wonderful addition to my family, she is missed greatly. Congrats on your 18 year old, wishing many more years ahead of her :))
visitmaniac on October 17, 2011:
Really cool facts I found interesting since I have my own cat. Shes 18 now! what's an oldie :D
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 26, 2011:
Yes I have a cat if I pet to long will take a nice swat at me and continue purring...So cats have their own little quirks, that's for sure...
mortgage-news from Los Angeles, CA on May 25, 2011:
wow i never knew purring could indicate discontent. but if the cat is purring and laying on top of you,that should mean he is happpy, right? My cat gets agitiated if you keep petting him unless he s purring. that is when he seems to enjoy it more.
Christine P Ann from Australia on April 16, 2011:
Enjoyable and informative hub. my cat has caught and killed 2 red belly black snakes in the past few months. he only eats the heads but never gets ill. Is He just lucky?
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on March 09, 2011:
Good idea starlight, thanks for reading.
starlight090603 on March 01, 2011:
Now I am definitely am going out to buy the bowl so the dog's food is elevated so one of my cats won't eat it!!!!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on January 23, 2011:
I am with you on that one esmeowl. I can't imagine not having my two cats around. I am missing one who passed, and miss her dearly still. They are such lovely little creatures.
Cindy A Johnson from Sevierville, TN on January 22, 2011:
Cats are amazing. I don't know what I'd do without mine.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on January 21, 2011:
Thank you. Yeah my two cats tend to run me around in circles too. When they start feding themselves I am in trouble. :D
Jackie Paulson from USA IL on January 21, 2011:
10. When your cat rubs up against you, they are actually marking you with their scent. So the question is, who owns who?
Best hub about cats. I have two (they let me live in their house, I just pay the bills). lol
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on December 29, 2010:
Hi cathylynn- Thank you for your comment. I wish my cats were snuggly. They get all annoyed if you try to snuggle. My older cat Ethel will even hiss if you pet her to long. Love her bunches anyway :)
cathylynn99 from northeastern US on December 28, 2010:
voted up and useful. yep, cats purr when they need or want a friend, not when they are happy. my cat is a snuggle bug. i love my schmuppabubba.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on December 02, 2010:
Thank you Pamela. I am glad to have provided useful information. I am learning more everyday. I try to keep up on the latest things about cats.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 02, 2010:
What a wonderful article. I am a big cat lover and have the most loving cat I've ever owned. You had some things listed in your excellent hub that I didn't know. Thanks for the information.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on November 22, 2010:
Hi Stephanie-Thank you so much. The pictures are all mine. I have read sage is good in small amounts, apparently it is like catnip for the cat. My cats don't seem interested. If I buy really fresh catnip they will react, but if it has been sitting on a shelf to long they look at me like what the heck?
Stephanie Henkel from USA on November 22, 2010:
As a fellow cat lover, I enjoyed your hub and look forward to reading more of them. Pictures are great, too. I didn't know that cats like sage -- I have some in my flower garden that I will bring in for Gemini to see if he's interested.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on November 18, 2010:
Thanks Jon, greatly appreciated :)
Jon Rubin on November 17, 2010:
Great list of facts. I think every cat owner should read these. Nicely done!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on November 09, 2010:
Hi RTalloni-Thank you, they let me take pictures of them sometimes. lol! Well look at it this way, your little darling doesn't have to compete for your love.
Hey Tammy- Thank you :) I didn't have cats growing up. These girls are my first cats. They are 15 and 16. Cats are the best I do agree!
Tammy L from Jacksonville, Texas on November 08, 2010:
Great hub. I've loved cats all my life.
RTalloni on November 08, 2010:
Great photos of your cats! I've come to regret not getting a companion cat for our darling little girl--she should have had a big brother all these years!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on October 30, 2010:
Hi Tamz, I guess that depends on the behavior. My cats used to do that with clawing on the furniture. Until I started putting out boxes, I have a few flattened ones as well. They use them now instead of my furniture. They never really like the kitty scratching posts much.
Tamz Rants on October 30, 2010:
I totally did not know about the Tylenol. I love my kitty! I often wonder though, how do you stop a cat from doing something he KNOWS he is not supposed to do, but he does it anyway, looks at you then challenges you to do something about it. he is like a testy two year old hahaha
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on September 17, 2010:
Jess-LOL! They love me to much to be adopted out!
jess on September 16, 2010:
hi ur cat is super cute,can u give me one
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on August 25, 2010:
THank you, I love my cats so much. They keep me happy and without them I would be a bit lonely!
gestalt0421 on August 24, 2010:
Wow! Cute cats! I just made my first hub about my sleeping cats. Well, there's only two of them now, we used to have 12, sigh! But I enjoy their company so much and truly love them!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on August 01, 2010:
Yes that is a long time for outdoor cats. I am sorry for your loss. I lost my 12 year old Sullybug 3 years ago. I still feel the loss. She was fine, in good health, then one day she was sick and the next day I had to have her put to sleep because she was bleeding internally. I would have done anything to save her, but the two vets I took her to would not. It still hurts. So I feel your sadness.
Eternal Evolution from kentucky on July 30, 2010:
I had two outside cats that live to be 14 and 16...i know this is very old for an outside cat lol. i miss them :(
Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on July 21, 2010:
Very Interesting Hub!!! I really enjoyed it!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on July 08, 2010:
Thanks jenn, your comment is much appreciated.
Jennifer Maldonado from West Palm Beach on July 08, 2010:
Great Hub. You have good information here.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on July 05, 2010:
Your welcome Bob, I am glad you enjoyed the information. Thank you for commenting I appreciate it.
Bob Etier from Western North Carolina on July 04, 2010:
I've got four cats and am always eager to learn more about them. Thanks for the great info.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 25, 2010:
Thanks tiger-lily for reading and the comment.
tiger-lily from UK on June 25, 2010:
Thanks for an interesting hub, I love my 2 cats - both rescued ferals.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 24, 2010:
Hi myawn, I drop a bit of warm Silk into their dry food, and they get wet food every morning, as they are getting up there in age, so the wet food is easier for them to digest than the dry all the time.
myawn from Florida on June 23, 2010:
Love my cats they do have there own minds of course good hub I give mine a small amount of milk on top of dry food and a couple of spoons of tuna twice a week.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 15, 2010:
LOL! Yeah my cats have a tendency to run my household as well. They eat when they want, not when I think they should, they lay where they want, not where I think they should, and so on...I live with them and not the other way around. LOL!
NGRIA Bassett from Bermuda on June 14, 2010:
Thanks for such an informative article. There were several new facts that I learned.
I just spent some time with my finnicy cat, she really believes that she owns the house and the folks are her servants. What an ego!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 14, 2010:
I have two trays because I have two cats. I clean them several times a day, I use the best litter I can find. I do pretty good order wise. They would never use a housing device with a hood. They like their box and I make sure the waste is cleaned out so they don't have issues. I wish I could put a litter box on the balcony, but I don't know if that would work.
Baileybear on June 13, 2010:
Mine has a litter box in the ensuite which has a fan. The fan goes straight on when he does number twos, and I have to hold my breath while scooping it into the toilet. He is very fussy and his litter tray needs racking after wees otherwise he protests. Litter trays are downside of raising an inside cat.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 13, 2010:
I cannot visin my to cats using a anything but a litter box. They are stubborn little creatures to say the least. Thanks for the link, I will do the same :)
Baileybear on June 12, 2010:
Great hub. I tried to train my cat to use a Litter Kwitter toilet seat. He was too stubborn - cat's have minds of his own. My cat features in my hub "All Cat's Have Asperger's" - will link yours
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 10, 2010:
My cats are very into cardboard and paper. They love to lay on it, I leave flat cardboard around so they can scratch it. They seem to love it. Thank you for your comment, the tivo is a great place, maybe she is trying to tell you something. LOL!
vballkel from Michigan on June 09, 2010:
I love cats and this article. I won't let my cat have milk because it always makes her sick. The other information was good to know! My cat always wants to lay on the computer too or my papers or whatever I am doing! The other day I caught her laying on the tivo!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 30, 2010:
Thank you, I have caught my cat lying on my laptop a few times. With a buzz off kind of look in his eye. Maybe he is telling me he can do better, I don't know. LOL!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 29, 2010:
I also did not know about the purring except for cats being happy. One thing you did not address...why is it that cats always want to lie on the desk right in front of the computer screen? Haha! I know...they want attention! And attention our cats get aplenty!!! Good hub.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 27, 2010:
Mrs vee, That is awesome you have been surrounded by so much love. I am glad to hear your senior male is doing well after his car accident. Thank you so much for recommending my article. I am learning more everyday about these little creatures of love. I actually study quite a bit, worked with a shelter until I couldn't anymore, my heart couldn't take it. Selfish I know, but my emotions ran wild. Thank you so much for sharing :)
mrs vee from California on May 27, 2010:
Throughout a 18yr marriage we've been accompanied with 'cat crews' ranging in number of 2 to 5 dominated by neuteured males. On our fourth set now. What a joy my husband introduced to my life! All have been individualistic and worked well to maintain their 'family' and welcome additional kittens/young adults. None were adopted; started with his companion (highly intuitive communicable male) and added a male kitty. He determined who entered the fold and it attracted neighbor's domestics or ones that were alone. The senior male now from the original crew is 12 years (about 70 for a human). He was 9 months when a car accident necessitated a hip joint reconstruction of major surgery that to this day indectable to people unless we tell. I enjoyed and recommend your article of cat facts. Thank you!
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 24, 2010:
Hi Pamela, I have read further that when a cat is nervous and cannot escape a tense situation (at the veterinarians office perhaps), the cat will purr as an attempt to avoid being hurt. Thank you for your comment :)
Hi habee, Taurine is essential for good eye health, and is not contained in canned human tuna, and if you were to feed your cat tuna exclusively, your cat wouldn't be getting the taurine necessary to keep her eyes in good shape.
Lady Guinevere, Sound like you have got a lot of happy cats. Hypoglycemia is one of the top causes of shivering or shaking. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, sometimes happens when your cat has not eaten for a long period of time. That is why it is important to get to a vet asap. Thank you for reading and sharing your comments.
Debra Allen from West By God on May 24, 2010:
I love cats and have 7 outdoor ones and 4 indoor ones. Some of my outdoor cats are over 5 years old. I didn't know about the shaking.
Cat's tongues are also rough because that is how they brush themselves as well.
Habee, you can get Taurine in the vitamin isle of the store and add a little bit to their foods.
Holle Abee from Georgia on May 24, 2010:
Great tips! I didn't know about the taurine.
Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on May 24, 2010:
I didn't know cats could purr when they are not happy. There are a few things in your article that I never knew before. Thanks for a great hub.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 23, 2010:
Hey thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it. I love my cats. I'd probably have a dog too, but live in an apartment that doesn't allow them.
Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on May 23, 2010:
Cats are so cool. Too bad my husband is a dog person.
daisyjae from Canada on May 23, 2010:
Nice hub! Your cats are very cute.
Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 23, 2010:
Hi DzyMsLizzy, Thank you for the comment. Yes they are most wonderful family members, to say the least. I might have to rephrase number 23 to include that. Thanks for the heads up.:)
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on May 23, 2010:
Thanks for a great hub! I love cats (we have 4). They are wonderful companions--our "fur children."
BTW--the cat's tongue is rough because it is designed for scraping meat from bones. ... something to think about. :-)
25 Fascinating Dog Abuse Facts and Statistics
Sometimes there can be a fine line between discipline and abuse, but not very often. Dogs might be man’s best friend, but they don’t have the same level of thought patterning as a human. Applying human characteristics of discipline onto a dog to cause it pain – that’s abuse, plain and simple.
Dogs are the most common victims of animal abuse, accounting for 64.5% of all documented cruelty cases that are media reported.
Dog Abuse Facts
It isn’t just a focus on dogs either. There’s a focus on specific breeds of dogs, mostly perpetrated out of fear for the dog. Pitbulls account for 1 out of every 4 dogs that is abused, which is a rate that has doubled in the past decade. Some of this data might be because more families are choosing to own this breed, but having communities ban the breed helps to condition an attitude of fear, which can lead to an attitude of abuse.
- About 1 million animals per year are abused because of domestic violence that occurs in the home where they live.
- 71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge.
- The percentage of battered women who say that their children have abused or killed animals while at home: 32%
- In 2007, 7% of media-reported animal cruelty cases either occurred in the context of a domestic dispute or involved a person with a history of domestic violence.
- Before 1986, there were only 4 states that had laws against animal cruelty.
- Every year, breeds like greyhounds are killed simply because they can’t race any more or they aren’t competitive enough in their speed.
- There are up to 2,000 cases of animal hoarding per year reported in the United States, resulting in more than 250k abuse cases.
- More American households have pets than children.
The problem with abusing dogs is cyclical. Women who are abused by their domestic partner tend to seek out comfort from their dog when their stress levels are high. 98% of Americans consider a pet to be a direct companion. When domestic violence happens, the target becomes the dog for two reasons: 1) the abuser knows that they will be able to hurt the victim more by hurting their companion and 2) most dogs aren’t going to fight back when they see someone they trust trying to hurt them. What is particularly disturbing in these facts, however, is the prevalence of children abusing animals. This shows that the patterns of domestic violence begin early in a third of domestic violence households and without intervention, more dogs and more people will simply be abused later on.
Why Are People Abusing Their Dogs?
- Every year, about 10k bulldogs die because they have been bred to fight for gambling or entertainment.
- The most common form of abuse for dogs is either abuse or neglect.
- More than half of the 12,000 cases of animal abuse account for Dog Abuse.
- Continuous chaining of a dog has become illegal in some US states because owners would never let their animals off the chain during their entire lives.
- 71% of the victims of domestic abuse state that their perpetrator targeted their animal
- A Canadian Police study found that 70% of people arrested for animal cruelty had past records of other violent crimes.
- Animal experimentation is not prohibited by law.
- Until the year 2000, any dogs that served in the military were euthanized once they were returned from the battlefield because of fears that the dogs would attack civilians.
The simple fact is that we as a society have set up the conditions for abusing dogs. At one point, it was believed that whipping animals was necessary to create meat that was tender or obedience. Sometimes these older practices still occur. The bottom line is this: when humans are afraid of something, we take it out on those that are helpless and won’t fight back most often. When this abuse occurs successfully, it then begins to breed a harshness and numbness to the pain of animals and this can eventually translate to a similar feeling about humans. This is why stopping dog cruelty now is so important.
Why Do Humans Abuse Their Best Friends?
- About half of all dogs who wind up in shelters end up being put down because they remain unclaimed.
- The most common reason why a dog is left at a shelter is because they are no longer wanted by the family for some reason.
- It is believed that 5,000 puppy mills exist in the United States for one reason: profits from those who want dogs.
- According to the FBI, cruelty to animals is a common trait of serial rapists and murderers.
- Leaving a dog outside on a hot day, or especially within the confines of a car, can cause brain damage to the animal in as little as 15 minutes.
- There are about 6,000 documented cases of dog abuse that occur every year.
- The most common form of training for a dog is intimidation.
- Dogfighting became prevalent in the US after the Civil War, with professional pits proliferating in the 1860s. And was a source of entertainment for police officers and firemen.
To be fair, many humans probably don’t intend to abuse their best friends. Many of them likely don’t even see it as abuse. Now skinning a dog to create a fur coat, as is sometimes done in India, is usually something that will make people flinch. Yelling at a dog because it just stands in the yard, looking at you because you’re telling it to “Come” and it won’t – that’s not often seen as abuse. The problem is that all abuse is harmful, whether intended or not. Words hurt. An angry tone of voice hurts. If dogs are being seen as “furry children” and they’re being treated this way, then imagine how real children would be treated? Until humanity gets over itself, the benefits that a dog can bring to someone will never be fully realized.
163 Cat Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
There’s no getting away from the truth that cats are mystical and fascinating animals. ‘Hoomans’ have been obsessing over them for more than 6,500 years and guess what, we still are! Maybe that's why we're always looking for more facts about cats - random cat facts, amazing cat facts, mind blowing cat facts!
A lot of that is because there are amazing stories about the things cats can do, the abilities they have or some of the amazing escapes they have managed to pull off.
When you start to dig deeper you can find incredible facts about cats. Fun cat facts, interesting facts or just weird facts about cats are all over the internet.
We took a look at a bunch of fun facts about cats and have tirelessly compiled this list of seemingly random facts about cats that will will blow your mind. as you will surely already know they really are remarkable creatures!
Once you’ve read through the list you’ll find that I’ve added a little section at the bottom where I’ve put a few interesting facts about cats of my own that I have come to know and learn about our feline friends. Not necessarily the most scientific cat facts but those we all know to be true!
1. Cats are the most popular pet in the USA. There are 88 million cats kept as pets!
4. A cat fact you've probably noticed in your feline, your kitty has the ability to rotate their ears 180 degrees.
5. A cat’s nose is as unique as a human fingerprint. One cat, Oz, even has a Map of Australia on Her Nose!
7. A cat called Stubbs has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. He sadly died in 2017.
8. A cat ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013.
9. Unlike humans, cats cannot detect sweetness – which explains why they are not drawn to it.
10. Ginger tabby cats sometimes have freckles around their mouths and on their eyelids!
11. A cat has the power to heal themselves by purring. A domestic cat’s purr has a frequency of between 25 and 150 Hertz. This happens to be the frequency at which muscles and bones best grow and repair themselves.
12. Cats only use their meows to talk to humans, not each other.
13. There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.
14. A group of cats is called a clowder.
15. The only time cats meow to communicate with other felines is when they are kittens signalling their mother.
16. Amazingly, studies indicate that cats are actually lactose intolerant and should avoid milk entirely.
17. The longest living cat on record according to the Guinness Book belongs to the late Creme Puff of Austin, Texas who lived to the ripe old age of 38 years and 3 days!
18. There are 44 recognized breeds of cats.
19. A cat’s cerebral cortex contains about twice as many neurons as that of dogs.
20. Polydactyl cats (a cat with 1-2 extra toes on their paws) have this as a result of a genetic mutation. These cats are also referred to as “Hemingway cats” because writer Ernest Hemingway reportedly owned dozens of them at his home in Key West, Florida.
21. Sir Isaac Newton is credited with creating the concept for the cat flap! Spithead, one of his cats, kept opening the door and wrecking his experiment. Thus, the need for a cat flap.
22. An average cat can jump 8 feet in a single bound. That is almost six times its body length!
24. Cats rely on smell to identify people and objects.
25. A cat’s sense of smell is 14x better than a human’s.
26. Cats only sweat through their paws and nowhere else on their body.
27. A cat only has the ability to move their jaw up and down, not side to side like a human can.
28. A female cat can be referred to as a molly or a queen.
29. A male cat is often labeled as a tom.
30. Your cat’s heart beats at a rate almost double that of a human. This varies from 110-140 beats per minute.
31. In Ancient Egypt, when a person’s house cat passed away, the owner would shave their eyebrows to show their grief.
32. Studies show that owning a cat is beneficial for your health.
33. Cats are non-confrontational. They will not fight to show dominance, but do fight to protect their territory.
34. Cats will actually go to extremes to avoid one another in order to prevent possible confrontation.
34. Unlike humans, cats are usually lefties. Studies indicate that their left paw is typically their dominant paw.
35. In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping meat.
36. When cats grimace, they are usually "taste-scenting." They have an extra organ that allows the cats to taste-sense the air.
38. Stewie, a gray tabby Maine Coon, holds the record for World's longest domestic cat. He measured 48.5 inches long (123 cm).
39. When a cat hunts, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.
40. The technical term for a cat hairball is a “bezoar.”
41. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down. This is because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way.
42. The claws on the cat’s back-paws aren’t as sharp as the claws on the front. This is because the claws in the back don’t retract and, consequently, become worn.
44. There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world.
45. The oldest known pet cat was recently found in a 9,500-year-old grave on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. This grave predates early Egyptian art depicting cats by 4,000 years or more.
46. During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were destroyed. This had a rather bad knock-on effect as the widespread killing of cats led to a spike in the rat population, which accelerated the effects of the Black Death. oops!
23 Fascinating Facts About Cats - pets
Cats are an enigma that have captured the hearts of people for thousands of years. Their mysterious personalities and adorable looks have made them an incredibly popular pet, and according to a survey 18% of households in the UK alone are ruled by a cat. With so many cats around us, surely that would mean that everyone knows everything possible about them, right? Wrong! There are so many interesting facts about cats that you probably haven’t heard of, from the world’s largest cat, to the surprising way they walk.
Keep reading to find out more. We bet you haven’t heard some of these cat facts!
9. Cats have more bones than humans - many of which are in their tail!
Even though the human body is obviously larger than that of a cat, cats have many more bones - approximately 11% more, in fact. A cat skeleton is composed of 250 - humans have 206. Most of the extra bones are found in the backbone extending to the tail which gives the cat extra flexibility. Cats have 2 or 53 vertebrae compared to humans’ 32 to 34. The famous flexibility of cats can be attributed to extra bones. The tail alone has 19 to 23 vertebrae - about 10% of the bones in the body!