How Big Are Cats?
The size of cats varies, depending on their breed. The average fully grown cat is eight to 10 inches tall (paw to shoulder) and 18 inches (head to body). They weigh on average about 10 pounds.
All of us have seen a cat rub its face and even its body against a person, in most cases its owner. It will even headbutt its owner!
How Fast are Cats?
Cats are deceptively fast, although one would not think so if you look at the typical sleepy cat. Cats can outrun the average dog, and they are even faster than Usain Bolt!
A Cat’s Sleeping Habits
Anyone who has a cat will tell you that a cat spends a lot of its time sleeping. You must remember, however, that a cat is awake during the night as well, when it will go out to hunt small animals. Cats must sleep a lot to be able to conserve their energy for these hunting activities.
A Cat Brings You Dead Animals
Although cats have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years, their hunting instinct is still very strong. Something that baffles cat owners, is that they will then bring you a mouse or bird, or even squirrels that they caught and killed.
Plants that Cats Love
Some plants have a euphoric effect or a sense of overwhelming happiness over cats. This is because these plants contain a special oil called nepetalactone that triggers special receptors that sense chemicals, called pheromones.
A Cat’s Eyes
Some animals, like cats, have eyes that glow in the dark. It can be quite shocking to suddenly see the eyes of a cat at night, glowing at you, especially if it is a dark-colored cat so that you do not see the body of the cat at the same time!
A Cat Makes Biscuits (Kneading)
We have all seen a cat kneading when it will push with its front paws against soft surfaces alternatively, almost as if it is kneading biscuits. This behavior starts when the cat is still a kitten when it kneads its mother when drinking milk.
Cats who are cross-eyed have a condition called Strabismus. This is a common eye condition causing the eyes to be out of alignment with each other. The cat has to look cross-eyed in order to actually see straight.
Cats Catching Mice
Since cats have been domesticated about 10,000 years ago, they were used by farmers and others to help control mice. They are very effective mousers, as cats have a natural hunting instinct that kicks in when they sense a mouse nearby.
Most people know Garfield, the lazy, cynical cat created by cartoonist Jim Davis. Who has not followed Garfield’s adventures with the unintelligent dog Odie and long-suffering Jon, his owner?
A Cat’s Whiskers
Cats typically have 24 whiskers, arranged geometrically on each cheek. The hairs of the whiskers are embedded deep within a follicle with lots of blood vessels and nerves. Each whisker is also filled with tiny, supersensitive nerves.
Over the years there have been over 100 dogs in the White House, but it seems that there were only about a dozen cats that called the White House home. The Roosevelt family had the most pets in the White House, with 23 different pets.
Do Cats Sweat?
Cats do sweat, but this is not the only way that they use to cool off. They also groom themselves to cool off. The saliva evaporating from the fur has a cooling effect. This is also why you will see your cat grooming more in summer.
Cats Are Very Agile
Cats are very agile and have extremely powerful back legs. This gives them the ability to jump very high into the air, much higher than dogs can. They also have flexible spines, which help the twist their bodies to be able to always land on their feet.
A Cat Purrs
When a cat breathes, it can dilate and constrict the glottis rapidly, and rhythmically. This causes the air to vibrate over the laryngeal muscles, resulting in the purring sound. A cat can control this to some extent, but mostly it occurs involuntarily.
Cat’s Ears Can Move
The position of a cat’s ears can show its mood. A cat with its ears flat against its head or turned sideways, is feeling nervous or scared, but it can also indicate a very aggressive cat! Cats also rotate their ears to be able to hear better.
A Cat’s Fur
A cat’s fur can be of different lengths, and it varies from cats that do not have fur at all (hairless cats) to cats with very long fur, up to six inches long. A way to see if your cat has medium or long fur is to look for tufts of hair between its toes.
The Sounds That A Cat Makes
Some cats are very chatty, while others hardly make a sound at all, much like humans! Cats are capable of making a variety of sounds, from purring, and mewing to growling and hissing. Cats mostly use their mew on humans, to communicate anything from “please feed me” to “I am not happy”.
A Cat’s Tail
A cat’s tail is an essential part of their bodies. They use it to help balance them and can also express emotion with their tail. A cat with a tail held high is showing its confidence, while you should watch out for a cat with a low tail, as this can signal aggression.