60 Fascinating Facts About Cats
Siamese cats change color according to different temperatures.
Siamese cats are temperature-sensitive Albinos. The cooler body parts are darker and the warmer body parts are lighter in Siamese cats. This is because the extremities of the body lose heat more easily than the core. As they get older, their body temperature decreases, and the overall color darkens. Their paws, nails, and toes are generally darker. (source)
Felis nigripes: the African black-footed cat is also known as “the deadliest cat on earth.”
This cat weighs under five lbs. It easily preys on 10 to 14 rodents or birds per night to satisfy its hunger. It has a very accelerated metabolism. This black-footed cat has a kill rate of 60%, while that of a lion is 25%. (source)
Sand cats specialize in surviving in the desert.
Sand cats have anatomy that makes them super-adjustable to the heat and weather conditions in a desert. They are not good climbers or jumpers but are great diggers. They use their digging ability to make burrows that they snuggle into to escape the heat of the day. (source)
The Manuls (or Pallas) cats of Central Asia have the longest and densest fur of all the cat species.
Their fur is nearly twice as long on their bellies and tail than on their sides. This fur keeps the cats warm as they are generally found on snow or frozen grounds. (source)
There are almost 70 million feral cats in the United States alone.
Many cat owners do not get them spayed or neutered, and this is the reason why the cat population has increased alarmingly. (source)
Distillery cats are employed to get rid of mice in some companies.
Some cats are employed by distilleries to get rid of mice which tend to spoil the produce or products. (source)
The record for the loudest cat purr is 67.8 dB.
This record was made by a domestic cat, Merlin. It is a black and white cat from Torquay, UK. This volume is nearly the same as a shower. Most cats purr at a sound of 25 dB. (source)
Japan’s Kishigawa Train Line appointed a cat named Tama to boost travel and tourism.
The tourists and locals were very amused when a train station in Japan hired a cat as their stationmaster. In 2007, a cat named Tama was appointed at the station to amuse tourists. In 2010, Tama was promoted to be an “operating officer.” When Tama died in 2015, her seven-year-old cat assistant, named Nitama, was hired by Wakayama City in 2015 to take over her duties. (1, 2)
A long-haired red tabby cat once saved a baby’s life.
In 2015, a baby was left abandoned in a box in the snow on the streets of Russia. A long-haired red tabby cat named Masha found the baby and went up to him. The heroic cat climbed inside the box and kept the baby warm while meowing at the same time to attract the attention of people passing by. The baby was eventually rescued unharmed. (source)
Stubbs, a tabby cat, was the mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years.
A small Alaskan town, Talkeetna, had a cat named Stubbs as its mayor for 20 years, from 1997 until its death in 2017. This orange tabby cat had numerous uncontested elections and was loved by tourists and locals alike. (source)
The oldest cat in the world was 38 years old.
Creme Puff, born on 3rd August 1967, died on 6th August 2005. This is the oldest any cat has ever lived so far. (source)
In 1963, a cat went to space.
A cat named Felicette went to space in the year 1963. It was the first and only cat to go to space. Felicette was launched in October 1963 as a part of a French Space Program. She was launched successfully on a brief suborbital, 15-minute spaceflight. (source)
The largest cat inheritance belongs to a black cat by the name of Tommaso.
Tommaso inherited $13 million and properties in Rome, Milan, and land in Calabria after their very wealthy owner had died. Maria Assunta, a very wealthy builder’s widow, had no children of her own, but only had her beloved cat, Tommaso. (source)
Dodger, a ginger cat, rides the public buses near his home in England.
The owner of Dodger discovered that he rides in public buses at least once a day taking a 10-mile round trip. The drivers give him food, he sits on passengers’ laps, and drivers know which stop to let him off at. (source)
A cat from New Zealand tricked two different women into owning him.
Owner Shirley Bishop came to know about her cat, Simba’s, second home only after she once returned home after a week with stitches on her neck and a shaved shoulder. Neither of the owners knew that they had the same cat as a pet. They later signed a shared custody agreement. (source)
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