Cats are amazing creatures! Here are a few fascinating things that you may not know:
Adult cats meow to communicate with humans, and they use other sounds such as trills, chirps and growls to communicate with other cats.
A group of kittens is called a kindle (A group of cats is called a clowder)
One litter of kittens can have multiple fathers.
Cats have 100 sounds in their vocal repertoire. (Dogs have only 10)
Cats have 32 muscles which control each of their outer ears. (humans have only six)
Tufts of hair that grow inside and around a cat’s ear are called “ear furnishings.”
Hearing is the strongest of a cat’s senses. They can hear sounds as high as 64 kHz. (compared to 20 kHz in humans)
Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that control emotion.
Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.
Cats must have fat in their diet. They can’t produce it on their own.
Cats are unable to detect sweetness.
Cats have a strong aversion to anything citrus.
Cats can’t chew large chunks of food because they can’t move their jaws sideways.
A cat’s nose is ridged with a unique pattern, like a human fingerprint.
A cat cannot see directly under its nose.
It is a common belief that most cats are color blind. (However, recent studies have shown that they can see blue, green, and possibly red).
Cats use their whiskers to figure out how wide an opening is and whether they will fit through it.
Cats have free-floating (vestigial) collar bones, which allows them to squeeze into very small spaces.
Cats hate water because their fur does not insulate well when it gets wet.
A cat can reach up to five times its own height per jump.
Female cats tend to be right-pawed, while males are more often left-pawed.
Dr. Tiffany Wright joined Sunnyvale Veterinary Clinic in 2004. She has a special fondness for felines and is a leader in staff and client education about feline medicine and behavior. Read more about Dr. Wright here.