Feline Facts

  • A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans.
  • Cats, unlike dogs, do not learn tricks to win your approval. Cats can be taught to perform tasks such as retrieving toys and jumping through hoops – but it may take patience and perseverance…and quite a few yummy treats for your feline.
  • A cat uses its whiskers as feelers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.
  • A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.
  • A cat can jump as much as 7 times its height
  • Cats cannot break a sweat because they have no sweat glands.
  • A cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s brain than that of a dog.
  • A cat sees about 6 times better than a human at night.
  • A cat’s tongue is scratchy because it’s lined with papillae – tiny backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place.
  • A fifteen year old cat has probably spent ten years of its life sleeping.
  • A frightened cat can run at speeds of up to 31 mph, slightly faster than a human sprinter.
  • All kittens are born with blue eyes.
  • Ancient Egyptians believed worshiped cats were sacred animals.
  • In Asia and England, a black cat is considered lucky.
  • Cat families usually play best in even numbers. Cats and kittens should be acquired in pairs whenever possible.
  • Cats can see color. Studies have shown that cats can distinguish between red and green; red and blue; red and gray; green and blue; green and gray; blue and gray; yellow and blue, and yellow and gray.
  • Cats have a third eyelid that is rarely visible. If it can be seen, it could be an indication of ill health.
  • Cats lack a true collarbone and can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through.
  • You should talk to your cat often. Cats love to hear the sound of their own name and your voice.
  • Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America.
  • Human painkillers such acetaminophen (Tylenol) are toxic to cats.
  • Chocolate is also poisonous to both cats and dogs.
  • A female cat may have three to seven kittens every four months. This is why having your pets spayed and neutered is so important.