Fun Facts about Cats from America’s Family Pet Expo

Posted On: 08-19-2013

ocpets23.JPGWe at America’s Family Pet Expo want to share some more fun facts with you!  Last month, we shared some fun facts about dogs, and this month, we are going to focus on cats! Enjoy!

  • Because cats sweat through the bottom of their paws , cats like to “paw” or “knead” as a way to mark their territory.
  • Cat urine glows in the dark when a black light shines on it.
  • If your cat has a quivering tail and is standing near you, it’s expressing love!
  • Only domestic cats walk with their tails straight up. Wild cats walk with their tails held horizontally or tucked between their legs.
  • A cat can jump up to five times its own height.
  • A cat can travel at a top speed of around 31 mph over a short distance.
  • Cats have what is known as the “righting reflex.” Their eyes and balance organs in the inner ear tell them where they are in space so they land on their feet.
  • Cats were revered in ancient Egypt.  When a family cat died, family members would shave off their eyebrows and hold elaborate funerals. Also, smuggling a cat out of ancient Egypt was punishable by death.
  • In the 1960’s at Holland’s embassy in Moscow, Russia, the staff noticed that the two Siamese cats kept meowing and scratching at the walls. After further investigation, they discovered microphones hidden by Russian spies. The cats had heard the microphones when they were turned on.
  • Did you know that a kitten’s growth hormone is only released during sleep? No wonder they sleep so much!
  • The oldest cat on record was Crème Puff from Austin, Texas, who lived 38 years and 3 days (1967-2005).
  • In the 1930s, two Russian biologists discovered that color change in Siamese kittens depend on their body temperature. Siamese cats carry albino genes that work only when the body temperature is above 98° F. If these kittens are left in a very warm room, their points won’t darken and they will stay a creamy white.g
  • Andy is the cat who holds the record for the longest non-fatal fall. He fell about 200 feet from the 16th floor of an apartment building and survived.