15 cat facts that might surprise you

An average cat spends two thirds of its time sleeping, so a nine year old cat has only been awake for three years of its life.

Unlike dogs, cats keep their heads level when in pursuit of prey.

Cats can range 35 hectares in a single night. That’s an area equivalent to 50 football pitches.

Cat brains are more similar to human brains than dog brains. They have emotion centres similar to ours.

Dogs have complex blood supply to their paw pads and can divert blood away when they don’t want to lose heat through their paws. Cats have simpler paw blood supply systems and are more prone to getting cold toes.

Cats are such efficient hunters that they are responsible for the eradication of entire species. A single cat named Tibbles was introduced to Stephens Island in 1894, and by the following year the entire population of the island’s newly discovered wrens were declared extinct.

There are approximately 500 million domestic cats in the world today.

A cat’s top speed is around 50 kilometres (30 miles) per hour.

The ability of a cat to find its way home is called psi-traveling, and researchers think that cats either use the angle of the sun’s rays or even use the earth’s magnetic fields.

Cat jaws can only move up and down, not sideways.

A cat has 230 bones in its body, 24 more bones than a human with 206. Cats have no collarbone, so they can fit through openings as narrow as their own head.

Cats can only sweat through their paws.

A cat’s heart rate is double the speed of a human’s at up to 140 beats per minute.

Cats have over 20,000 hairs per square centimetre (130,000 per square inch).

Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees using their 32 ear muscles.

 

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