Cats are pretty awesome little beings. Not only are they the #1 watched subject on the internet, but cats can be beneficial to your health in a number of ways! Do you call yourself a cat connoisseur? Then let’s test your knowledge on cat facts with this collection of 60 cool facts about cats. Don’t forget to share these cat facts with other cat lovers, too!
1. Your cat sleeps an average of 12-16 hours per day, every single day. You know what this means? Roughly 70% of their entire lives are spent asleep!
2. A group of cats is technically referred to as a “clowder”.
3. Turns out tigers and domesticated cats share a common trait: the backwards pointing spikes on their tongue known as papillae, AKA barbs, are used for gripping and pulling off meat.
4. Grooming isn’t just a method to keep themselves clean or to relax. Your cat also grooms themselves as a means to cool themselves off through evaporation.
5. Your cat’s hearing is 5x superior to yours, and the best of any domesticated animal.
6. Your cat does not have the ability to taste sweetness. (This is actually their weakest sense.)
7. Female cats will often purr while they are in labor as a way to calm themselves.
8. The technical term for a hairball is a bezoar.
9. Your cat’s nose is as unique as a human’s fingerprint.
10. After a hunt, a cat will groom themselves as a means to wipe away any traces of their kill.
11. When your cat drinks water, it does so at a rate of 4 laps per second.
12. 30%-50% of cats lack the gene that makes them react to catnip.
13. In terms of development, the first year of a cat’s life is equal to the first 15 years of a humans life.
14. The furry tufts of hair that come from your cat’s ears are better known as ear furnishings.
15. Past kitten age, cats no longer use meowing to communicate with other cats. They reserve their meows strictly as a means to communicate with humans.
16. The average domesticated cat weighs 8-10 pounds.
17. A cat cannot see completely in the dark, but their night vision is most impressive as they only need one-sixth of the light humans require to see.
18. A “kindle” is the proper term used to refer to a group of kittens.
19. Every cat, regardless of genetics, carries a tabby gene.
20. A kitten spends so much time sleeping, because the growth hormone they need to mature is only produced while they are sleeping.
21. Despite what you might think, the vast majority of cats are lactose intolerant as their bodies do not produce the enzyme needed to break down milk.
39. Despite what some people might think, cats are actually non-confrontational by nature. This means that your feline friend isn’t going to show dominance just for the heck of it. And in times when they do display dominant behavior, they’re simply doing so to show that this is their turf, and keep back!
40. A cat only has the ability to move their jaw up and down, not side to side like a human can.
41. Ever wonder why cats like to cram their bodies into tiny spaces? Truth is they do it because it provides them with a sense of safety and security.
43. People are not actually allergic to cats, they’re allergic to cat dander. This is because cats produce a hormone (Fel d 1) in their saliva which is spread onto their fur when they groom themselves.
44. Wonder why your cat sometimes likes to sleep on your head? They do it because it’s the warmest spot on your body.
45. Despite not having a coat, the internal body temperature of a Sphynx cat is actual higher than an average domestic cat.
46. When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level–unlike dogs.
47. A domestic cat can run at the speed of at least 30 miles per hour.
48. The largest litter of kittens ever birthed in a single litter is 19.