Five Incredible Facts About Cats

By Jenny Nolan / January 12, 2019

Cats are calm, collected creatures whos tranquil demeanour often hides their hidden talents, abilities and incredible biological adaptations.

You may have owned cats for years and not be aware of any of these five cat facts, have a read and let us know!

Five Incredible Facts About Cats

Cats are calm, collected creatures whos tranquil demeanour often hides their hidden talents, abilities and incredible biological adaptations.

You may have owned cats for years and not be aware of any of these five cat facts, have a read and let us know!

Breeding Like…Cats?

Rabbits have a reputation for prolific fast paced breeding but cats are also very good at quickly multiplying themselves.

In theory one pair of cats could lead to the birth of over 400,000 kittens in less than 7 years! So don’t forget to get your cat neutered otherwise your cat could become the next Dusty..

..Dusty was a Texas based tabby cat who gave birth to 420 kittens, she was pretty much pregnant for her entire life! Nobody knows how many descendants she now has but there is a strong chance that your own cat shares some of Dusty’s genes.

Perhaps the phrase should be changed to ‘breeding like cats’?

Cats, Camels & Giraffes

What does your cat have in common with a camel or a giraffe? Tough question right?

Well if you’ve watched a cat walk you will have noticed that they have a far more delicate and deliberate style than the average dog does.

What you may not have noticed is that they have a walking style which is very rare in the animal kingdom. They move both of their right feet together followed by both of their left feet, their back feet will also land exactly where the front foot was on the previous step.

The only other animals that walk in this way are camel and giraffes, so next time you want to impress your friends with your feline knowledge whip this fact out!

Your Cat And Its Paw Preference

Did you know that male cats are statistically more likely to be left paw dominant while female cats are more likely to be right paw dominant.

A 2018 study found that this was likely due to ‘underlying differences in neural architecture’ which basically means that male and female cats are wired differently.

Although this is only a general observation (plenty of male cats are right paw dominant and vica versa) look out for a few of these pointers with your cat and see if it holds true:

* Check which foot your cat puts into the litter box first.

* Which paw does your cat use to scratch at a door?

* Which paw does he or she step onto the stairs with first?

Cats & Humans Brains Are More Similar Than Cats & Dogs

If you are a ‘cat person’ you will be familiar with all the stereotypes, apparently you’re quiet, introverted and probably live in a home with 20 cats as your only company.

This of course isn’t true and while dog owners may sneer at the thought of a cat being a better pet than a dog it is a little known fact that a cat’s brain is biologically more similar to humans than it is to a dog.

What does this mean? Well, I’m not exactly sure but I’m confident it’s safe to say that cats can better understand us than we realise, making it clear that being a ‘cat person’ isn’t so crazy after all!

Cats Can Drink Sea Water!

Our final fact is perhaps the most unbelievable of them all…

…cats can drink sea water!

If you’ve ever been swimming in the sea and accidentally gulped a mouthful of sea water down you will be well aware of just how horrifically salty and completely ingestible it is. It takes very little salt water to make a human throw up.

Not so for cats, they have hyper efficient kidneys which can filter out all of the salt and allow them to hydrate themselves on salt water.

Your cat probably won’t thank you for swapping their regular water for salt water though, however if you live near the sea you may notice your cat occasionally having a sip.

Their remarkable kidney function exists because of their desert origins (all common domestic cats originally came from desert based ancestors) where there was very high salt content everywhere so hyper efficient kidneys were a necessity to survive.

We hope you found out something new about your cat…for more incredible cat facts check out tuxedo-cat.co.uk.

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    Jenny Nolan

    Hey, I'm Jenny and along with Mom Sue the main contributor here at Cleaner Paws. As a mother-daughter partnership, we absolutely adore animals and together have over 40 plus years of pet grooming experience!

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