40 Awesome Cat Facts to Understand Them Better

40 Awesome Cat Facts to Understand Them Better


Did you know that cats greet each other by
touching noses? Or that they can rotate their ears 180º? And these aren’t the only surprising
facts about cats you may have missed! #1: Cats have been domesticated for about
4,000 years! Before that, they were one of the greatest hunters feared by numerous species. #2: A cat needs to interact with humans from
about 2 weeks old so it can be sociable toward people. Even after that, you still have time
until a cat turns about 16 weeks old. After that, it’s almost impossible to domesticate
it. #3: A group of kittens is often called a kindle;
a group of adult cats is called a clowder. A female cat is referred to as a queen, and
a male cat is known as a tom. #4: Your cat’s purrs and meows are only a
tiny part of their vocal abilities. In fact, cats can make up to 100 different sounds! #5: By the way, cats only meow at humans.
With other animals, they hiss, spit, and purr — but never meow. They also tend to greet
each other by touching noses. #6: When it comes to a cat’s development,
the first year of its life is equal to the first 15 human years. When a cat turns 2,
it turns 25 in human years. And after the third year of its life, it gets to a place
we all know about: one cat year for every 7 human years! #7: The problem of acne is pretty common among
cats. They usually end up developing blackheads on their chins, which is widely known as feline
acne. #8: Since cats basically evolved as desert
animals, they can cope with heat pretty well. Still, if they feel especially hot or frightened,
they secrete sweat through their paws. #9: Most cats tend to spend about two-thirds
of their day sleeping. So the average 9-year-old cat has been fully awake for only 3 years
of its life! Cats also spend about one-third of their waking hours cleaning themselves
up. #10: A cat’s sense of smell is truly superb
— it’s approximately 14 times greater than that of the average human! #11: One of the reasons why cats clean themselves
so often is to lick your scent off! When your cat rubs against you from nose to tail, it
wants to mark you as its own. However, your furry friend still picks up your smell, which
it usually removes from its fur afterward. #12: Cats aren’t really big fans of sweets,
simply because they can’t taste them! Scientists believe this happened because of a mutation
in their key taste receptor. #13: Cats have rather sensitive stomachs,
so you should be very careful about your furry friend’s menu. Never give your cat onion,
garlic, green tomatoes, chocolate, grapes, or raisins. Milk is also a bad idea as it
upsets your kitten’s stomach. #14: Cats have belly buttons too, but they
look nothing like ours. It’s pretty hard to find and is usually located about two-thirds
of the way down a cat’s belly. #15: Your cat always understands when you
say its name…it just chooses to ignore you! Specialists believe this happens because,
historically, cats haven’t been domesticated to listen to people’s orders — unlike dogs.
So, yup, your furry friend couldn’t care less! #16: While we subconsciously view a black
cat as a sign of bad luck, in England, Asia, France, and many other countries, they’re
considered to bring prosperity and happiness! #17: A cat’s whiskers aren’t there to make
them extra cute! They’re covered in numerous nerve cells and blood vessels. This helps
cats detect any changes around them and figure out whether they can fit into a certain space
as their whiskers have a span of the width of their body. #18: No matter what kind of music you love,
your cat most probably can’t stand the sound of it! However, there’s something your friend
will like: a special album that composer David Teie created with animal scientists called
Music for Cats. Just play your cat something from this album and see what happens! #19: Cats have a special reflective layer
in their eyes called the tapetum lucidum. This layer easily magnifies incoming light
and allows cats to see around 6 times better than we do in the dark and low light. Maybe
it should’ve been called “a cat eye” instead of “an eagle eye”? #20: A cat named Stubbs was mayor of the small
town of Talkeetna in Alaska for 15 years. During the election, Stubbs was a cute kitten,
but residents later confessed that they were perfectly happy with their choice, saying
that Stubbs was probably the best mayor they’ve ever had! #21: A cat’s heart beats way faster than ours
with about 110 to 140 beats every single minute. #22: A tabby cat named Dusty is known as the
biggest mama of them all. During her breeding life, she gave birth to 420 kittens! Obviously,
you can find Dusty in one of the editions of Guinness World Records. #23: A cat’s cerebral cortex contains 300
million neurons. Just for comparison, dogs have only around 160 million. #24: Cats can give birth to identical twin
kittens. Imagine how cute they would look! Unfortunately, this happens very rarely. #25: It’s a natural instinct for a kitten
to cover its poop. If your cat doesn’t do that, this is its way of showing you who’s
the true head of the house. #26: Some ginger tabby cats have freckles
around their mouth and even on their eyelids. #27: While we have 12 muscles in our ears,
cats have 32! Of course, this triples their hearing abilities and allows them to hear
you grabbing their favorite food from the fridge — even if they’re 5 doors away. These
same muscles also help them rotate their ears 180º! #28: In 1963, a cat named Félicette was sent
to space from France. French specialists even implanted electrodes in her brain to track
all her neurological signals. Luckily, Félicette survived the trip and became the first cat
to go to space! #29: Cats usually have 5 toes on each of their
front paws and 4 toes on their back paws. Still, the number of toes can vary. For example,
the cat with the most toes had 8 of them on every single one of its paws, which makes
32 toes in total! #30: Back in 2007, a calico cat named Tama
became a station master and greeted passengers at Kishi Station. Needless to say, the number
of passengers increased by 17% that month, and everybody adored beautiful Tama. The cat
died in 2015 of heart failure when she was 16 years old. #31: Cats can easily jump about 6 times their
own length! This is all thanks to the powerful muscles in their back legs, which allow them
to jump onto any surface they like. #32: Cats have a lower social IQ than dogs,
but they compensate perfectly by having better long-term memory and the ability to solve
difficult cognitive problems. #33: Biologically, a cat’s brain is kinda
similar to ours. We have almost identical brain regions that take care of our emotions,
so there’s a chance that you and your furry friend feel the same way sometimes. #34: Researchers from the University of Lincoln
found that cats love it when you touch their faces, especially around their lips, chin,
and cheeks. And they absolutely hate it when you pet them at the base of their tail! It
makes them feel very uncomfortable, so don’t do that. #35: The oldest recorded cat was called Creme
Puff. This beauty was born in 1967 and lived for 38 years! Of course, Creme Puff made it
into an edition of Guinness World Records and is still remembered among cat lovers everywhere. #36: Cats actually purr thanks to their own
special vocal cords! It’s basically a small group of thin bones located between the base
of a cat’s skull and the root of its tongue. When a cat feels happy, these muscles contract
and create the vibration of the vocal folds that we call purring. #37: In the cat world, the concept of left-
or right-handedness is a thing too! Most cats are actually left-pawed! #38: Psychologists say that people who have
cats are logical, practical, and introverted. They also say that cat lovers tell way more
stories about their furry friends than dog owners. #39: Experts confirm that living with a cat
helps relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. All this lowers your blood pressure and protects
your body from possible heart problems, including a stroke. #40: According to statistics, only 24% of
kittens from animal shelters get adopted. Maybe it’s time to change that figure and
get yourself a furry friend of your own. You definitely won’t regret having such a cute
little companion! Do you know any other fascinating facts about
cats? Tell me in the comment section below. Don’t forget to give this video a like, share
it with your friends, and click subscribe. Stay on the Bright Side!

100 Replies to “40 Awesome Cat Facts to Understand Them Better”

  1. They can purr in there sleep

    And is it normal that my cat the one in the picture purrs when I put my feet on him

  2. With no less than 45 years of concentrated interaction and rescue of cats living with them as part of a colony rather than Master hahaha I can tell you cats enjoy sweet. Along with many other Rescuers that will tell you the same thing so it's about time to set the record straight. This is NOT to be confused with saying they taste sweet the same as we do. Two identical items one sweet they will most often choose the sweetened one.

  3. most of this is rong cats do like milk the freckles are where there wiskers are and they meow not just to us they do it to cumunetat to thier kitens and they dont like exstemle hig pich sonds

  4. You can tell you read this from an internet list .. you mentioned the noses twice, which shows as you usually memorise what you thought up

  5. Cats are proven to see things we can't. Energies and entities. Persian cats would be terrified of outsiders.

  6. My cat does all the shows of love trust and always meows at me as if he's talking to me and I always here his purr he also makes a soft mewing sound to me constantly and he always comes up and lays in my arms puts his paw over my arm and lays his head on my hand and goes to sleep would anyone be able to tell me why he does these few things I described

  7. I'm fairly certain both my cats predicted my massive heart attack. I know that they can read blood pressure and pulse due to their insane hearing. After I came home, they took turns babysitting me around the clock, planning their naps. They're still watching out for me as I'm waiting out my 3 months to get a pacemaker. They don't like the wearable defib alarms lol it's too loud for them. Luckily they're a lot less frequent now! Cats are neat, that's for sure.

  8. Still love a fellin but a tiger this time if i could, if can be a baby tiger, can a tiger be domesticated?

  9. Number 15 is false .Cats that love you a lot actually do come to you when you call their names
    watch this video: Alvi cat : unmistakable signs your cat loves you .
    Proof is in the 6th reason
    MYTH BUSTED🤣🤣🤣

  10. my cats come when i call them, i have two cats that look similar so i mistook my cat vladimir for my cat belvedere and i was saying belvedere over and over but he ignored me but when i said "vladimir?" he immediately came over to me

  11. Should be called dumbside Not Brightside who's responsible for bright side anyways because I noticed a lot of your videos that your so-called facts or actually wrong you guys should do some actual scientific studies or find better more reliable sources of info. but I still watch your videos anyways cuz they're always good for a laugh it's also funny how many gullible people in the comments actually believe everything you guys say

  12. Oh cats only meow at humans? My cat will meow at other cats to scare them away, also at the hosepipe to say she wants it on also rubbing it

  13. Wait a second my cats meow at each other and also I got my kitten at 6 months and no human interaction 2 months later he loves attention

  14. 1 cat year for every 7 human years??? Isn't that backwards. Also cats don't age 7 years to a year like dogs do. And you mentioned touching 👃's more than once🤔

  15. dont agree with 18 my cats are ok with it plus one likes tv, And I buleve CATS CAN SEE Quite whell unless there my cat Alex

  16. Thank goodness for a cat's heightened sense of smell. I was 11 years old when a cat saved my life by meowing at me to wake me up because the house was on fire. We all survived… including the cat. Another time my mom was napping in the afternoon because she was feeling sick and her cat wouldn't stop bothering her which wasn't normal behavior for him. My mom's cat continued to meow at her and nudge her face with his face over and over even after my mom repeatedly dismissed him until my mom realized there must be something wrong. She left her apartment and long story short there was a carbon monoxide leak.

  17. Female cats are referred to as "queens" only when they are either pregnant or nursing. Those who are not are usually referred to as Mollies. Intact males who have fathered kittens are called studs (oh yeah). That calico cat in Japan is called Tah-ma (as in father), and not Tɛə-ma (as in cat).

  18. I’m convinced cats are not from this world they are unlike any mammal on this earth❤️ to hear the left handed fact just deepens my suspicion.. that was mind blowing never knew that..

  19. IDK what happened with my cat
    But when I was doing my homework she back flipped on my desk
    You know "BACK FLIPPED" it was weird

  20. i love animals i am 11 years old and my dream job is a vet cause i can help all those animals who are suffering . i dont have a pet right now but im going to get one .

  21. Cats also purr when they’re mad. Also cats get triggered if u go
    INHALE EXHALE INHALE EXHALE over and over xd idk why they just get mad

  22. "Awesome cat facts to understand cats better"
    Did you know a cat was a mayor in Alaska?
    I did actually like the video.

  23. Evolution took away cats taste for sugars/sweets in order to make cats focus on protein, salt and fluid intake. A requirement for survival in the desert. Most desert dwellers cannot taste sweets.

  24. 4:55 That's absolutely NOT true. Just like human hair, they don't have any nerves or feeling in the actual hair itself. It's all in the skin and follicle. They don't have "nerves" in the whiskers. Think if something like a blind person using a walking stick. They can feel the surroundings through the stick because of their hand. They have no feelings in the walking stick. Much like a cats whisker and their whisker follicles. The follicles being the "hand".

  25. The 3 year old unsociable stray cat we had went sociable a week after my grandma's stay at home, turns out she leaves it food every day and it slowly became friendly and stopped hissing. Neat

  26. Interesting video! A couple of things to add – a female cat who's been spayed is a molly, & a neutered male is a gib. A group of cats can also be called a glaring or glare, clutter, pounce, dout, nuisance, or glorying. 🙂

    Yes, a cat's first year is equal to about 15 human years. After that, it's about 4 years to every human years – not 7; that's dogs. Cats usually live longer than dogs if they're healthy & well looked after &, as a rule, live mainly indoors. 🙂

    The thing that causes a lot of cats, ginger males especially (like my own ginger male Dublin) os a harmless condition called lentigo simplex. It's similar to freckling in humans. My cat has developed them on all his paw pads, inside his mouth, along the rims of his eyes, & his nose.

    The base of the tail – my cat loves being scratched there. Not for long, but for a few moments. Like others have said, they have to get used to being petted there. Some cats truly love it. 🤗

    Thanks for sharing the facts in this video. 😻😻

  27. Scientists have recently discovered that male cats are left pawed and female cats are right pawed. So this changes the previous fact that stated "all cats are left pawed".

  28. My cat purrs both when he's content and when he is stressed out. He's fascinated by bright moving lights but terrified of loud lawn mowers. It's been so interesting getting to know him.

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