Cats are fascinating creatures. Just spend an afternoon with one (provided they aren’t napping the entire time) and you’ll be amazed at just what goes on in their kitty cat lives. Share a home with a cat? Then you know even better just what awesome animals they are.
Here are 10 very cool things about the feline kind.
- Cats have incredible hearing! In fact, cats can hear sounds that are nearly two octaves higher than humans can. And, a cat’s external ear can rotate about 180 degrees, helping cats to determine the source of a sound.
- Most cats have a total of 18 toes – 5 toes on their front paws and 4 toes on their back paws. However, some cats called Polydactyl or “Hemingway” cats, have extra toes. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a cat named Jake, from Bonfield, Ontario holds the world record of 28 toes, seven on each paw!
- Adult cats meow to communicate with humans…not other cats. Plus, experts say there are approximately 19 variations on the simple “meow.”
- A cat’s whiskers are highly sensitive touch receptors that are attached to a cat’s muscular and nervous systems. Whiskers help cats sense changes in their surroundings and helps them make their way in the dark, squeeze through tight spaces, hunt for prey and more.
- Ever watched a cat jump? It’s pretty cool how they seem to effortlessly sail through the air. And, believe it or not, cats can jump up to nine times their height!
- When humans are hot, they sweat to cool their bodies down. Cats, however, only have sweat glands on their paws so they cool themselves off by grooming themselves. The wet saliva on their fur helps cool them down.
- No wonder cats are so smart. According to Scientific American, Cats’ brains have 1,000 more data storage than an iPad!
- Cat’s eyes are very keen, especially when it comes to their night vision. They can see up to 8 times better than humans in the dark, which is definitely useful for night hunting.
- Cats are very flexible and cat get through extremely small spaces. One reason they can do this is because their shoulder blades are attached to the rest of the body by muscles, rather than bone, making that part of their body flexible and easy to twist and bend.
- Even though they have great night vision, cats are not nocturnal. They’re actually crepuscular, meaning they’re most active during dawn and dusk.
These are just a few cool things about cats. Honestly, we think EVERYTHING about cats is amazing!