As the most popular pet in the United States, the cat enjoys a certain level of fame as the ideal pet. (Of course, if you are a dog owner you might object!) Easy to care for, affectionate when they want to be, and super intelligent, the cat has made it’s way into millions of people’s hearts. But this lovable animal has its secrets. Some of its secrets are mere curiosities; others however, are a bit darker and more sinister. On today’s list we’re going to share with you 25 curious facts about cats that most people might not know. After this list, you might not see your lovable furry friend the same again.
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Every cat owner knows cats love to sleep, but how much they actually sleep may be a bit of a surprise. It’s estimated that cats spend about 70% of their lives sleeping.
Next time you visit Disneyland, keep an eye out for mice and rats (besides Mickey and Mini that is). Chances are, you won’t find any. That’s because 200 cats live on Disney property with the task of eliminating any sight of a rodent.
Humans can’t drink seawater, but cats can. They have special kidneys that can filter out salt.
It’s believed that cats can hear ultrasonic noises. Theoretically speaking, they can hear the ultrasonic “language” of rodents and dolphins.
A female cat is called a “Molly” or a “Queen,” and male cats are called “toms.” (Tom and Jerry anyone?)
The most expensive domestic cat so far is an Asian Leopard cat – Domestic shorthair hybrid named Zeus. At 90% Asian leopard and 10% Domestic Shorthair, Zeus has an asking price of $154,000. However, there is concerns as to the legitimacy and reasoning behind such an asking price.
Cat’s have a third eyelid called a “haw”.
Domestic cats have been documented to run at 30 mph. That’s about 3 mph faster then Usain Bolt. (Usain’s record is 27mph.)
Black cats may be bad luck in the United States, but in the United Kingdom and Australia, they are actually good luck.
There are cats that have survived falls from over 32 stories onto concrete. In fact, the record holder for the longest non-fatal fall in the feline world is a cat which fell from the 46th floor of an apartment building and survived.
Cats have magnetized brain cells that act like compasses which enables them to easily find their way home.
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