How a Cat Works: 18 Fun Facts

In addition to being the lords and masters of the Internet, cats are evolutionarily privileged animals. Able to survive falls from great heights, endowed with enviable flexibility and mysterious orientation abilities, cats will never cease to amaze us.

Cat Crab Costume

A cat can jump 5 times its height in a single impulse.

The small tufts of hair in the ear that help keep dirt out, prevent the direct impact of sound on the ear, and isolate the auditory organ are called “brushes.”

A cat’s ability to find its way back home is called “psi tracking.” Experts believe that if cats don’t use the angle of sunlight to find their way, then they must have magnetized cells in the brain that act as tiny compasses.

One of the reasons cats sleep a lot is because growth hormone is secreted only during sleep.

A cat has 230 bones in its body. The human has 206. The cat does not have a collarbone, so it can pass through any opening the width of its head.

Cat sitting in a bowl

The pad on a cat’s nose has unique and unrepeatable patterns, just like human fingerprints.

As long as it has plenty of water, a cat can withstand temperatures of up to 56°C.

A cat’s heart beats about twice as fast as a human heart, between 110 and 140 beats per minute.

Cats don’t have sweat glands in their bodies in the same way that humans do. In fact, they only sweat through their paws.

The claws on the hind legs of cats are not as sharp as the claws on their front legs, this is because the hind claws are not retractable. The consequence of this condition is that they suffer a greater disaster.

Cat Jumping

Cats can make about 100 different sounds. Dogs can only emit 10.

Researchers don’t know for sure how a cat purrs. Most veterinarians believe that a cat purrs when its vocal cords vibrate deep in the throat. To do this, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the passage of air about 25 times per second.

A cat almost never meows at another cat, most of the time it does so with humans. Typically, a cat spits, purrs, and hisses at others of its own species.

A cat’s back is extremely flexible because it has 56 vertebrae. Humans only have 34.

Some cats have survived falls of up to 20 meters, mainly due to their “righting reflex.” The eyes and balance organs inside the ear tell it what spatial position it is in so that it can land on its paws. Even tailless cats exhibit this ability.

A cat can run at an average speed of 49 km/h over short distances.

Cat climbing down the wall

A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds upwards of two-eighths more than a human.

A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human’s than a dog’s. Both cats and humans have identical regions responsible for emotions in the brain.



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