Cat Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Georgia Veterinary Associates – We’ve compiled a list of random and interesting cat facts any cat lover would want to know!

  1. When cats climb a tree, they can’t go back down it head first. This is because their claws are facing the same way, instead, they have to go back down backward.
  2. A group of cats is called a “clowder.”
  3. According to a Hebrew legend, God created cats after Noah prayed for help in protecting the food stores on the Ark from being eaten by rats. In return, God made a lion sneeze and out came a pair of cats.
  4. Your cat not only rubs their head against you as a sign of affection, but they are also making you as their territory. They use the scent glands they have around their face, the base of their tails, and their paws to do so.
  5. Cats are actually more popular in the United States than dogs are. There are around 88 million pet cats versus 75 million pet dogs.
  6. Cats can’t taste sweetness. Scientists believe it’s due to a genetic mutation that affects key taste receptors.
  7. In Japan, cats are thought to have the power to turn into super spirits when they die. This may stem from the Buddist believe that cats are temporary resting places for powerful and very spiritual people.
  8. Europe introduced cats into the Americas as a form of pest control in the 1750s.
  9. There are up to 70 million feral cats in the United States alone. A good reason to spay and neuter your pets!
  10. In Holland’s embassy in Moscow, Russia, the staff noticed that the two Siamese cats kept meowing and clawing at the walls of the building. Their owners finally investigated, thinking they would find mice. Instead, they discovered microphones hidden by Russian spies. The cats heard the microphones when they turned on. Instead of alerting the Russians that they found said microphones, they simply staged conversations about delays in work orders and suddenly problems were fixed much quicker! …


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