August 8th is Cat Day!

At JPESC we love our feline companions, and in honor of them, we have compiled a list of interesting cat facts.  I hope you enjoy and learn something new!

  • A female cat is called a queen, as anyone with a cat can attest, they certainly live up to the name
  • Cats walk like camels and giraffes. They move both right feet forward, followed by both left feet, meaning they move half of their body forward at a time.  They are the only three animals to walk in that pattern!
  • Many people know that ancient Egyptians worshiped cats, but did you know that when a cat died, the family would shave off their eyebrows in mourning?
  • House cats share 95.6% of their DNA with tigers. No wonder they can act like wild animals!
  • The hearing of cats is an average of five times keener than humans, and cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees!
  • Cats cannot see directly under their nose
  • Cats can’t climb down trees headfirst because of the way their claws are shaped, so they must climb down backwards
  • Most cats do not have eyelashes
  • Cats do not meow to other cats. They began meowing as a way to communicate with humans! They will hiss, spit and chirp at other cats, but if you hear a cat meowing, they are trying to get your attention
  • A normal cat’s heartbeat is about twice as fast as a human’s, the average is 160-200 beats per minute
  • Cats don’t have sweat glands in their bodies, they can sweat only through the pads on their feet
  • In just seven years, a single pair of cats and their offspring could produce a staggering total of 420,000 kittens. (That’s why it’s a good idea to have your cat spayed or neutered!)
  • A cat called Dusty has the known record for the most kittens. She had more than 420 kittens in her lifetime.
  • There are up to 60 million feral cats in the United States alone.

Now those are some interesting cat facts! How are you celebrating your cat today?