16 funny cat facts
There are an estimated 7.9 million cats in the UK, making them the second-most popular pets after dogs.
Worldwide, there are more than 500 million cats, with more than 40 recognised breeds.
You might think you know all there is to learn about cats but here’s 16 cat facts that might just surprise you.
1. Animal collective
A group of adult cats is known as “a Clowder” or “a Glaring”. A group of kittens is know as “a Kindle” or “an Intrigue”. Or, of course “a litter.”
2. Cats have fingerprints, sort of
The pattern on a cat’s nose is unique, just like a human fingerprint.
That’s why cat burglars never get away with it…
3. Spot the difference
When Exotic Shorthairs are born, even top breeders cannot tell which of the litter will grow into the longhair or shorthair variety.
4. Rough stuff
The fur of the American Wirehair feels soft when stroked in one direction, but like steel wool when stroked in the opposite direction – hence the name.
5. Right on, girls
Female cats are more likely to be right-pawed, whereas male cats favour their left paw.
6. Totes emosh
Like people, cats have a region of the brain that is responsible for emotions. Cat’s brains are more like humans’ than they are like dogs’.
7. Loud and clear
Cats have better hearing than dogs and can hear at a higher frequency than humans.
8. Family matters
Typical cat litters are between one and nine kittens. The largest known litter was 19 kittens, of which 15 survived.
9. Straight talking
A cat’s jaw cannot move laterally, only vertically. This is why they cannot eat large chunks of food.
10. Whisky business
The Glenturret whiskey distillery in Perthshire, Scotland, was home to a record-breaking cat.
Towser, a long-haired tortoiseshell female, was recognised by the Guinness book of world records after killing an estimated 28,899 mice.
11. Whisker business
A cat usually has 12 whiskers on each side of his or her face.
12. Popular choice
The most popular pedigree cat in the world is the Persian, followed by the Maine Coon and then Siamese.
The Main Coon cat enjoys finding concealed places to curl up and sleep. This is thought to be because of the breed’s history as ship cats.
14. Good vibrations
Cats highly are sensitive to vibrations and can feel earth tremors up to 15 minutes before humans can.
15. Skeleton key
Adult cats have 230 bones, 24 more than humans. The fact cats have no collarbone helps them fit through small gaps such as cat flaps.
Cats are also flexible because of their 53 loose-fitting vertebrae. Humans have 34.
16. Old friend
The oldest cat on record was called Crème Puff. She lived in Austin, Texas, USA from 1967 to 2005 – three days after she turned 38.