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Physical facts

- Cats have about 11,6% more bones than humans
- A cat's brain has more similarities with a human's brain than with that of a dog
- Cats have about 23% less skeletal muscles than humans
- Cats have five more vertebrae in their spinal column than humans do
- Each outer ear of the cat has 32 muscles while the human's ear has 6 muscles
- A cat's ear pivots 180 degrees
- Cats have much more sensitive hearing than either humans or dogs
- At night, cats see around 6 times better than humans
- A cat's field of vision is about 185 degrees; their peripheral vision is about 285 degrees
- Pure white and blue-eyed cats are often thought to be deaf
- Kittens usually open eyes within 7-10 days of life
- Kittens start hearing well within about 2 weeks of life
- Cats have up to 80 million olfactory cells while humans have up to 20 million
- Cat eyes come in three shapes: round, slanted and almond
- Cats use whiskers to measure distances
- Cats have 24 whiskers
- Each whisker pad has 4 rows of whiskers
- Cats have 30 teeth (while dogs have 42 and humans have 32)
- The cat jaw cannot move sideways
- When drinking, the cat scoops the liquid up backwards with its tongue
- The color of a kitten's eyes can change as it grows older
- Domestic cats can purr when both inhaling and exhaling
- Cats have 5 toes on front paws and 4 toes on back paws
- Cats walk on their toes
- The heaviest cat weighted 46 lbs (the typical weight of a male domestic cat is between 7 and 9 lbs)
- The normal temperature of a cat's body is 101,5 degrees F
- Cats take 20-40 breaths per minute
- A cat can sprint at about thirty-one miles per hour
- Cats' average pulse twice as fast as that of humans
- Cats use the tail to maintain balance
- About 10% of cat bones are in the tail
- The Ragdoll is the largest cat breed
- The Singapura is the smallest cat breed
- An average cat is about 4 times larger than the Singapura
- The nose pad of a cat is just like the fingerprint of a human: it is ridged in a unique pattern
- The average cat food meal is the equivalent to about five mice

Other interesting facts

- The cat was a sacred animal in the ancient Egypt. Killing a cat was a crime punishable by death
- In one ancient Egypt city, over 300,000 cat mummies were found
- Ancient Egyptians were the first people who tamed the cat
- Ancient Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat
- Cats have been domesticated for half as long as dogs have been
- Cats need five times more protein than dogs do, so never feed your cat with dog food
- Cats spend nearly 30% of their life grooming themselves
- Cats can jump 5 times as high as their height is
- Purring is not always a sing of happiness: cats can purr even when in pain
- Cat pregnancy lasts about 9 weeks
- Female cats reach sexual maturity within 6-10 months (for males this period is 9-12 months)
- During the productive life, a female cat can have more than 100 kittens
- The cat population in America is half as large as the total number of people living in Russia
- Cats get their sense of security from your voice, so be mindful of your voice tone (cats do know when you're yelling at them though they may not care)
- If your cat is 10 years old, it is 50 in human years
- The average lifespan of an indoor cat is about 16 years
- The oldest cat on record was Puss, from England, that died in 1939 just one day after her 36th birthday
- There is a myth about the cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under, which means that cold weather is coming
- Temperament of some cat breeds (Bengal, Burmese, Ocicat, some others) is rather doglike; such cats can be trained to fetch, roll over, sit, ect.
- Cat families usually play best in even numbers. Cats and kittens should be acquired in pairs whenever possible
- In 1987 cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America