Weird But True Facts About Cats

* Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat.

* In an average year, American cat owners spend $2.15 billion on cat food and $295 million on kitty litter.

* Each year Americans spend four billion dollars on cat food.  That's one billion dollars more than they spend on baby food!

* According to myth, a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather is coming.

* An adult cat has 32 teeth.

* The tiniest cat on record was Tinker Toy from Illinois.  A male Himalayan-Persian, he weighed 1 pound, 8 ounces fully grown and was 7.25" long and 2.75" tall!

*A cat's normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees.  This is slightly warmer than a humans.

*According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the heaviest cat on record was Himmy, an Australian cat, who weighed 46 pounds, 15.25 ounces in 1986.  Himmy's waist was 33 inches!  The previous record-holder had been Spice, a ginger-and-white tom cat from Connecticut, who weighed 43 pounds when he died in 1977.

* 95% of all cat owners admit they talk to their cats.

* Cats need 1/6th the amount of light that humans do to see.  Their night vision is amazing!

*Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also invented the cat door.

* Cats have 290 bones in their bodies, and 517 muscles.

* The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking.  All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.

* Calico cats are almost always female.

* A cat's heart beats twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats per minute.

* The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.

* When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

* Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.

* A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

* During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. Unfortunately, the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, which exacerbated the effects of the Black Death.

* A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance.

* A cat’s jaw can’t move sideways, so a cat can’t chew large chunks of food.

* A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head.

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4 Responses Jun 2, 2011

So the Pope may have innocently caused the Black Death :/

I knew cats were amazing, but I didn`t know they were that amazing.