Cat Facts

We really don't know why we love cats so much. They are grumpy, they lose hair everywhere, they are scratchy, they don't seem to love us and they don't even care about us very much. But we still love them, and we love to take pictures of them and they became the kings of internet without even wanting it. In fact, they probably hate all that attention, but we can't help it. We gathered fifty facts and stories about cats that will make you want to hug your kitten or go to the shelter to adopt one in case you haven't done it yet. Take a look! Cats are the kings of Internet, and here's a few facts that will make us love them even more.


 

 

 

 

MASHA

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A russian cat named Masha saved a little baby that was abandoned in a box in the snow. The cat jumped in the box and kept the baby warm while meowing to get the attention of passers-by.

DISNEY CATS

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Disneyland is a place that was born because of a mouse. But now, it is full of cats to keep the mice population controlled. They take a lot of care of these cats, having them named and revised by a team of vets.

FREDDY MERCURY

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Freddy Mercury was a huge cat lover. He had several cats living with him and he even released a solo album in 1985 dedicated exclusively to his cats. He was an awesome person.

GUINNESS RECORD

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The Guinness World Records no longer give recognition to the fattest cat because they found out the not-so-shocking fact that a lot of people used to fat their pets only to get money.

A GIFT

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Cats hunt for a living, though they probably eat processed food you give to them everyday. But they still have the instinct, and they bring you dead animals to you because they think humans are idiots that don't have the skills to feed for themselves.

BLINK

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If a cat blinks at you or closes his eyes slowly and then opens them, that means that he or she considers you a friend, and that you are a trusted person.

BLACK CATS

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Shelters don't give black cats in adoption near Halloween, because some people that practices rare religions uses them in sacrifices, tortures and black masses that they perform every October 31st.

CAT DELIVERY

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In 1789 in Belgium someone had the bright idea of using a bunch of cats to deliver mail. They managed to put the message in the cat's neck. What they found out is that cats doesn't like to be told what to do.

KIDDO

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In 1910 some guy tried to cross the Atlantic in the airship called America. He had the idea of bringing his cat Kiddo with him, but Kiddo wasn't so pleased about it. He started to run and meow and scratch everything he could find. The America was the first plane in getting a radio, so the first ever in-flight radio transmission was: "Come and get this goddamn cat".

GORILLA’S PET

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Koko is a Gorilla born in San Francisco in 1971 that had learned to talk in signs. She asked her keepers for a cat, and she called the cat All Ball. She treated like a baby and even cried when she died.

IGNORING YOU

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Several studies had found out that cats can easily recognize your voice and understand what you are saying, but they deliberately choose to ignore you, because they don't feel the need of social interaction like we do.

OSCAR THE CAT

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I'm sure you love to take a nap with your cat, but the people around Oscar the cat doesn't love that. The thing is that Oscar lives in a nursing home and is famous because he can predict the death of someone by sleeping next to that person. He is so accurate that the staff often call relatives to give a last goodbye to their loved one.

THE MOST IMPORTANT CAT IN BRITAIN

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The british have an official cat and its complete title is Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the cat of the Prime Minister and this title has been given since the times of Henry VIII. The current one is called Larry.

MEOWING

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Adult cats use their meowing only to communicate with humans. They don't meow between them when they grow up, so it is said that the meowing is a result of domestication.

PRISON CATS

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There's a prison in Washington that pairs cats who are most likely to be sacrificed because of their behaviour, with prisoners, so they can help each other to be rehabilitated. And it certainly works.

THE OLDEST CAT

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Lucy, a cat from South Wales, was 39 years old when she died, and that probably makes her the longest known cat. That's more than three times the average age for a cat.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S CATS

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United States president Abraham Lincoln loved animals, especially cats. He had two famous cats, called Tabby and Dixie. He used to say that his cats were smarter than his whole cabinet.

VITO’S CAT

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Vito Corleone's cat in The Godfather was a stray cat that Francis Ford Coppola found in the Paramount Studios. He used to purred so loudly that most of Marlon Brandon's voice had to be dubbed.

MARLON

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And since we are talking about Marlon Brando, he was a cat enthusiast himself. He had plenty of them, and he used to say that he actually lived in his cats house.

EMMY

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Emmy the cat lived on board of the RMS Empress of Ireland, and she never missed a travel. But one day she left the ship and the crew couldn't find her, so they decided to leave without her, what was considered a sign of bad luck. The RMS Empress of Ireland sank the next morning, leaving a number of 1012 deaths and becoming the biggest maritime tragedy of Canada. We can't blame Emmy, though.

THE CAT’S WAR

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Egyptians loved cats, and this was a fact that Cambyses II knew very well, because he ordered his men to take cats to the battlefield while fighting the egyptian army. They won because hurting a cat was punished by the egyptian law.

MERLIN THE CAT

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Merlin the Cat is the loudest cat ever known. He can pur 68 d.B loud, which is as loud as a vacuum cleaner and close to the sound that a train makes.

HACKER

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One of the world's most wanted hacker, Jeremy Hammond, was found because of his password, that was "Chewy123". Chewy is the name of his cat. Hammond is serving ten years in prison.

AOSHIMA

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In Aoshima, an island in Japan, lived about 900 people in the beginning of 20th century. They took cats to the island to fight mice, and then eventually left. Today the island's population is 20 people and 150 cats.

FRANKENLOUIE

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Frank and Louie, often known as Frankenlouie, was a "janus" cat. Janus is how the cats born with two faces are called. They often live only a few days, but Frankenlouie lived for 14 years. He had one brain, two mouths and three eyes, but only one mouth was functional.

RUNNER

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The domestic cat can run faster than Usain Bolt, reaching speeds of more than 30 miles per hour, but they try not to run. The Egyptian Mau is the fastest type of domestic cats.

KNEADING

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Cats "knead" very often because they remember when they were tiny kittens and they had to do it to take milk out of their mom's breasts. It is a reflex.

CAT’S ROUTINE

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Cats spend more than 70% of their life sleeping, and most of the awake time licking themselves and those they loved, including you and your family. That means that they mostly lives for you.

RUBBING

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Your cat rubs against you because it loves you (well, let's be fair, not only because it loves you), but because it is a way of marking its territory. Maybe it does the same thing with your furniture.

WHITE CATS

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White cats with blue eyes can be stunning, but did you know that 60 to 85% of them are actually deaf? There's no need to worry, you may have to pay a little more attention to your cat.

CAT’S EYES

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Cat's vertical pupil, similar to the ones the snakes have, are meant to help to see better at night when they are out for hunting. However, they can't see in total darkness.

VEGETABLES

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There's a lot of offer of vegan and vegetarian food for cats and dogs. However, cats can't have a complete vegetarian diet, since it would cause them blindness and eventually death.

BAD LUCK

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In the past black cats were thought to be witches in disguise. Today, they are still feared in United States and South America, where people would cross the street if they see one of these. But they are considered a good luck sign in Japan and England.

THE WORD

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The word "cat" and its translations in most of the modern and not so modern languages are so old it can be traced back to the ancient egypt, where they called them "caute".

BLACKIE THE CAT

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Blackie is the world's richest cat. His owner left 15 million pounds to him and to several feline charities, and none to his family. That is having a lot of money, and a lot of love for your cat.

FÉLICETTE

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Also known as "The Astrocat" was the only cat ever sent to space. She was a french stray cat found in the streets of Paris. She survived the voyage but was killed three months later for scientific reasons.

CLAW

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Declawing a cat, anatomically, is the equivalent of removing the entire last bone of your fingers. Painful, huh? It is the first form of defense that your cat have, and they say that cats that are declawed become more aggressive.

TUNA JUNKIES

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Some cats can be addicted to tuna, refusing to eat anything else. The vets call them "Tuna Junkies" and though that may sound fun it can bring a lot of problems to your cat.

MILK

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You should never give milk to your adult cat, since they no longer produce the enzyme that helps them process the lactose when they grow up. It can be dangerous to it.

ALL KINDS

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There's fifty eight kinds of domestic cats according to The International Cat Association. In over 10,000 years of cat's history, there's never been an extinct breed of cats. That means that every known type of cat that lived in the Ancient Egypt, for example, can still be found today.

LICKING THEMSELVES

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Cats are really into personal hygiene, and as we already said, they spend most of their lives licking themselves. But the main reason why they do this is because they need to get your smell out of their fur.

CATS VS. DOGS

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Cats are actually more popular than dogs, at least in the United States, where there are an estimate of 88 million pet cats versus an estimate of 74 million pet dogs.

WHISKERS

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Cats have whiskers that act kinda like a radar. They sense their surroundings, calculate the space to see if they fit, and also feel if there's any change in the atmosphere.

DATA

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Don't ask me how they got this information but cats can storage a thousand times more data than an Ipad. Their brains are 90% more similar to ours than to dog's brains.

SCOTTISH FOLD

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All scottish folds are descendent from Susie, a scottish cat that was killed by a car nearly three months after she gave birth to the first generation of scottish folds.

FOOD PREFERENCES

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Cats prefer food that has a temperature close to the temperature of a fresh kill, and that's about 38 degrees. They don't like food that is cooler or warmer than that.

CAT BITES

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Since their teeth can be really sharp and narrow, cat bites can be very dangerous to human, they often result in infections and diseases that can have serious consequences to our health.

FALLING

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Cats are extremely resistant. They are most likely to survive any fall. For example, you can throw a cat off a plane (don't do it) and he would probably survive. The problem is that he would suffocate because of the lack of air.

ZOOS

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Zoos are unsettling places, but they were much more unsettling in the 18th century. The price you had to pay to enter a zoo was a cat. That's was what they used to feed lions.

F.D.C. WILLARD

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F.D.C Willard was the name of the only cat that was co-author and author of several scientific publications. It turns out that his owner was a mathematician and physicist who once wrote an article using the first person plural without noticing. Instead of writing everything again, he made his siamese cat his co-author.