More interesting cat facts


  • The proper name for a hairball is a bezoar
  • The tufts of hair inside a cat’s ear are called ear furnishings
  • Cats often like olives because they have a similar chemical compound to catnip
  • Cats must have fat in their diet because they can’t produce it on their own.
  • An unneutered male is called a tom, a neutered male is a gib, and a female cat can be a molly or a queen
  • Marmalade (ginger) cats are usually male
  • Domestic cats have vertical slit-shaped pupils, while big cats have round ones
  • White cats with blue eyes are almost always hearing impaired
  • The official name of head boops a.k.a headbutts is ‘bunting’
  • Black cats are considered lucky in some cultures
  • The biggest known cat litter was 19
  • The colder the temperature, the rounder the cat

  • Cat tongues are barbed to hold their prey and also to groom themselves
  • Cats only unsheath their front claws when necessary because they have to contract their muscles to do so. The back claws do not retract.
  • One pair of cats and their offspring can total well over 400,000 in seven years
  • Most adult cats are lactose intolerant
  • Cats prefer foods at body temperature (which is why they tend to turn their nose up at food from the fridge
  • Cats like running water, hence enjoying drinking from taps
  • Cats walk with two right and two left legs, like camel and giraffe
  • Cat ears rotate 180°
  • Cats have five toes on their front paws and four on their back paws
  • Cats only meow to humans. Mother cats chirp at their kittens though.
  • Cats are colour blind
  • The purring frequency — 26 Hertz — apparently aides in tissue regeneration and can help stimulate the repair of weak and brittle bones
  • A cat spends about 15% of its life in deep sleep, 50% in light sleep, and 30% in awake time.
  • Cats attain full alertness faster than any other creature
  • Whiskers can sense differences in air pressure, movement nearby, and also gauge whether a cat can fit into a particular space
  • Cats ‘puff up’ in winter by trapping a layer of air in their coat to act as insulation. The tips of the hairs can sense temperature.
  • Cats can move the front and rear parts of their bodies in different directions.
  • The domestic cat is the only cat that can hold it’s tail vertically. All the others carry their tail between their legs.
  • When cats drink water their tongue curls under and scoops water into their mouths
  • Cats swallow their food whole and do not chew. They cannot move their jaw from side to side
  • Cats can make 100 different sounds, dogs can make 10
  • Cats respond best to names ending in the ‘ee’ sound (like my cats Bully, Paddy, Ziggy, Fluffy)
  • Cats usually have 12 whiskers on each side of their face
  • In 1963, the French send a cat (Félicette) into space. She survived
  • Cats know about earthquakes about 15 minutes before humans
  • Cats can run at speeds of 31 miles per hour/49km per hour for short distances


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

2 thoughts

  1. I didn’t know 99% of these cat facts and some people call me a “cat lady”. Go figure.

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