25 Curious Facts About Cats Most People Might Not Know

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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Domestic Cats are effective hunters. Free-ranging domesticated cats have contributed to the extinction of 33 different species. Consequently, they are listed as one of the top 100 most invasive animals.

bird and catSource: Bbc.com, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), IUCN Red List

According to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine researchers, a cat’s brain is similar to a human’s. In fact, some sources claim cats brains are about 90% identical to humans'. Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain such as the cerebral cortices with similar lobes.

Cat brainSource: Buzzfeed, Wikipedia.com, Petful.com, petmd.com

Speaking of a cat’s brain, cats have 300 million neurons firing away in their cerebral cortex. By comparison, dogs only have about 160 million.

Cat brain vs dog brainSource: Livescience.com, huffingtonpost.com

The first cat in space was French. Its name was Felicette (AKA “Astrocat”). And yes, it survived the trip.

french cat astronautSource: Buzzfeed.com, Factretriever.com

Though it is commonly believed that cats were domesticated by ancient Egyptians, a recent discovery is casting doubt on this belief. A pet cat has been found in a 9,500-year old grave on the Mediterranean island of Cyrprus. This grave predates early Egyptian art depicting cats by about 4,000 years.

cat and womanSource: national geographic, CBS news, BBC news, Sciencedaily.com

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