Top 10 Interesting Cat Facts
Cats and humans have lived alongside one another for thousands of years – so it is easy to presume that we know everything there is to know about our feline companions. Here’s our top ten little known cat facts. Are there any others you could add to the list?
- A group of cats is called a clowder, and a group of kittens is called a kindle.
- Over 500 million domestic cats are estimated throughout the world today, with over 40 recognised breeds.
- Cats can travel at a maximum speed of 31mph (49kph) over short distances.
- Persian, Maine Coon and Siamese are the three most popular pedigree cat breeds in the UK.
- A cat’s jaw cannot move sideways, so cats cannot chew large chunks of food.
- Cats do not meow at other cats, they will only purr and hiss. Cats only meow when they want to communicate with humans.
- Cats have 32 muscles to control their outer ears whereas humans only have six. This means a cat can independently rotate its ears 180º.
- Famous cat lovers include Leonardo Da Vinci, Earnest Hemmingway, Isaac Newton and Florence Nightingale.
- Cats only have 170 taste buds on average, whereas humans typically have over 9000. Cats also cannot taste sugar.
- Supposedly, cats dislike water because their fur does not insulate well when it is wet. The exception to this is the Turkish Van breed, whose coat has a unique, water resistant texture.