Cats are complex creatures. Ever wondered about your cat and what makes them tick?

Here are some fascinating cat-related facts:

  • Cats sleep for 12-18 hours a day – more, as they get older. They need so much sleep so they can stock up on energy, ready to catch their prey. Or pounce on their cat food…
  • Cats have more than 20 muscles that control their ears. Unlike humans, hearing doesn’t switch off when cats sleep.
    They can move their ears separately.
  • Cats began to be domesticated round about 3000 BCE. They were used for keeping mice and rats away from grain stores.
  • Cats only miaow so they can communicate with humans. Their communication with other cats is far more complex – growls, hisses, smells, body language and more.
  • Your cat does recognise your voice – it’s just that he or she doesn’t particularly care…
  • The American president Abraham Lincoln kept four cats in the White House
  • Winston Churchill also loved cats – so much so, that when he died, his family requested that a marmalade-coloured cat called Jock should always live at the Chartwell Estate. The sixth incarnation now lives there
  • Cats use their whiskers to check space and if they can fit through something.
  • The cat’s hearing is its strongest sense. Cats can hear sounds as high as 64 kHz, humans only hear 20 kHz.
  • People who consider themselves cat lovers are 11 percent more likely to be introverts – and cat owners are 17 percent more likely to have a degree.
  • Cat vision is more related to seeing movement than colours.

    And finally, there are thousands of cats in animal rescue shelters in the UK. Please don’t buy a cat or kitten – adopt one and give it a loving happy, forever home.

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