Tag Archives: Cat Facts

Fun Feline Facts

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You might know your cat and her favorite things, but how much do you really know about cats in general? Here are a few fun feline facts that might surprise you:

  • Cats do not have sweat glands, except in their tongues and the pads of their feet.
  • A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
  • Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
  • Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  • A pack of kittens is called a kindle, while a pack of adult cats is called a clowder.
  • An adult cat can run about 12 miles per hour and can sprint at nearly 30 miles per hour.
  • A cat’s tongue is scratchy because it’s lined with papillae—tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place. Continue reading

Why Your Cat Sleeps So Much

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Lazy days and cat naps are natural for your cat. In fact, she may spend 12 to 16 hours sleeping or dozing each day. Older cats and kittens can sleep even longer.

But even when she naps, your cat is alert and ready to respond to sudden sounds or movements.

Here are some facts about why your cat naps:

  • As a predator, your cat is wired to hunt, mainly at night. Although your house cat doesn’t live the life of a wild cat, she still has the primal instinct to hunt and rest between meals to conserve energy.
  • Cats need more protein than dogs and this protein-rich diet requires more rest to help with digestion. Continue reading