Interesting Facts About Cats
- There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds.
- The heaviest domestic cat on record is 21.297 kilograms (46 lb 15.2 oz).
- Cats have powerful night vision, allowing them to see at light levels six times lower than what a human needs in order to see.
- Cats also have excellent hearing and a powerful sense of smell.
- Cats spend a large amount of time licking their coats to keep them clean.
- When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.
- A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.
- Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.
- Cats are North America’s most popular pets. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.
- A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
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