We are all enamoured by our pet cats. These feline entities are natural charmers, we wouldn’t be able to resist them once they give us a blank but commanding stare, when they begin to purr on our feet, and upon that instant they begin to meow at us.
Of course, we just want nothing less but to have our cats love us back, but wait-wouldn’t be interesting to get o know the feline species better? Well, cats come with their own share of totally amusing facts, and you just have to know some of these to help understand them better.
Here’s some pertinent cat trivia that you should know right under your sleeve!
While it is true that dogs are among the most popular pets in the world, in the United States cats win the popularity vote! There are over 88 million pet cats in the US compared to only 74 million pet dogs.
And that’s counting the pets alone. If you include the cats in shelters, there’s also an estimated 5 million of them waiting to be adopted!
One of the best traits of cats is their ability to jump from high places. This is because of their capability to balance and land on all their feet once they hit the ground. There are times however, when they lose their control or estimate of their landing, and this often leads to injury.
In case you didn’t know, there are cats who have survived falling from over 32 stories (320 meters), and land safely on concrete. While that’s the current record, it’s not pretty shabby for them, right?
It is common for us to refer to several cats in one place as a “group,” just like a “school” of fish or a “herd” of elephants. But cats also have a collective term, and it’s called “clowder.”
Yes, it’s kind of awkward to say the word out loud, but in case you find the need to refer to your cats in one collective term, then you know what to do.
Cats are known for their straight up ears, and the positioning of their ears play a big role in keeping them alert and vigilant (as hearing is one of the senses they use the most). Interestingly, they have over 20 muscles that control their ears alone, thus being able to hear very well is no surprise to them.
Cats spend most of their lives in hibernation. Yes, they spend as much as 70% of their lives sleeping, working their way out in dreamland. And they sleep mostly during the day, only to wake up at night to haunt for food and seek out some strange adventure.
Some places and communities adore cats so much they elect them to be their leaders. A case in point is in the town of Talkeetna, Alaska, where a cat has been sitting as the mayor for over 15 years. You can call him Mayor Stubbs if you like.