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.