21 Domestic Cat Facts You Won’t Believe (For Kids 2022)

The skeleton of a cat has 245 bones, 40 more than the human skeleton. This enables the cat’s highly developed muscular system to support agile and precise control of movement.

When lions gather hairballs in their stomachs, they can accumulate mineral deposits over time, eventually becoming smooth and polished like black stones

Cats have rubbery pads to their paws because it enables them to tread softly and quietly. This is very important while stalking prey.

Keeping fur clean and in prime condition is worth a lot of time to a cat. This is because it is essential for protection against the elements and in providing camouflage.

Cat collars usually feature a section of elastic fabric.
This is so that the cat is able to release itself should it get caught in a tree.

Cats are so good at locating things by sound, smell and touch that there have been cases of domesticated cats being diagnosed as being completely blind well after they have lived most of their lives.

Keeping fur clean and in prime condition is worth a lot of time to a cat. This is because it is essential for protection against the elements and in providing camouflage.

Cheetahs spend most of their time sleeping or resting, especially during the hottest parts of the day when they look for shade.

Unlike other cats, lions prefer to hunt in their pride which can have up to 30 numbers.

Cats have large pupils to let in as much light in as pos- sible at night. A pet cat’s eyes are only slightly smaller than ours, yet it can see six times better than a human in the dark.

A bored cat, or one that is kept indoors without a scratching post can damage furniture.

Cheese used to be sold in Cheshire (England) molded into the shape of a grinning cat as a joke to ward off hungry mice, hence the origin of the Cheshire Cat.

Play fighting between young cats or with their

parents is vital. It teaches them the coordination and timing needed for hunting without the danger of injury.

The skin of all cats is very loose.

This is an adaptation to lessen the chances of injury from desperately struggling prey or attacks from rivals and other predators

There are reports of a mysterious cat race in Scotland, known as the Kellas cat. It is now thought to be a cross between feral domestic and European wild cats.

In wild conditions, small cat species can live between 10-15 years, while big cats may live between 20-25 years if they are very lucky.

There is some evidence that cats comfort themselves by purring because they have to stop purring to hear things clearly, suggesting hey purr to shut things out.

Several domestic cats have been known to live for well over 30 years. Wild cats kept in zoos often live much longer than their usual life expectancy.

Civets and genets are cat-like animals which are in fact the cats’ closest living relatives. They differ only in having longer muzzles to accommodate far more teeth.

Behavior such as growling, hissing, hair raising, back arching, ear flattening, and side leaning, are all designed to win arguments without physically fighting.

Cats will sniff their food to see if it is fresh and prefer it to be served at room temperature.

Over 25% of pets in North America are overweight or obese.

Animals have lots of ways of making friends. Lots give each other presents, especially to their mates when they are courting.

Unlike dogs, cats are not pack animals, so they have no need to impress any superiors. this is why they have no inclination to obey any training instruction.

Most wild cats have short hair, it is considered the original and natural coat type for all cats.

Pedigree domestic breeds of cat come in longhair and shorthair varieties. There are some 20 plus breeds of longhair and 30 plus breeds of shorthair.

Hooked barbs on a cat’s tongue, which also enable it to rasp at food, are its main grooming tools. The cat’s flexible spine enables it to reach every part of it’s body in one way or another.

The common names of wild cats can often be misleading: The mountain lion is not a lion, the snow leopard is not a true leopard and the bobcat is a lynx, for example.

Source: The Complete Encyclopedia of Cats

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