Fun Facts About Cats

People Have Always Loved Cats

There are many fun facts about cats.

For example, did you know that people who love felines are called ailurophiles? Cat fanciers of all ages can proudly claim this title.

Cats have been beloved pets since at least 5500 B.C. They were worshipped as gods by the Egyptians.

Cat Grooming Facts

Most cats will spend nearly eight hours, or a third of the day, grooming themselves.

Cat's tongues are covered with spikes that face backwards. These spikes help to clean and comb the cat's fur.

More Fun Facts About Cats

Kittens begin to purr at about one week of age. They do this in response to the mother's purr.

Cats Are Fast Runners

A cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour.

The Cat Door

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Sir Isaac Newton is credited with inventing the cat door. He was just one of many feline fanciers in history. Florence Nightingale was said to have owned 60 cats in her lifetime!

Fresh Is Best

Researchers tried to develop a mouse-flavored cat food, but the cats tested refused to eat it. The research was stopped, and the company went back to chicken, beef and turkey.

Balancing Act

Cats use their tails as a counterbalance. It helps them walk along narrow fences and other areas. Cats also communicate with their tails.

Cats Have a Keen Sense of Smell

A cat's sense of smell is fourteen times as keen as that of a human. Cats sense smells with something called the Jacobsen's Organ which is located on the roof of their mouths.

For more info on this fun fact, check out Smells that Cats Hate.

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Fun Facts About Cats