Despite the fact that cats have taken over the internet, our feline obsession is by no means an effect of the modern age. Indeed, cats have lived among us for millennia, but perhaps it’s more accurate to say that they’ve graced us with their presence. 

It may not feel like they’re doing us a favor when we’re scooping out their litter boxes, but the truth is, they are – and we’re living longer, happier lives because of their companionship. If that isn’t convincing enough evidence for why we love them, we’ve collected the following list of extra-amazing cat facts.

Ancient History

Cats have left their paw prints throughout the pages of history. Although the ancestors of today’s domestic felines originated in the Fertile Crescent about 8,000 years ago, they were already living beside human settlements in southwest Asia and Europe around 4400 B.C. This was the direct result of early agricultural practices which attracted rodents, and then of course, the cats came along.

Always Mutually Beneficial

Our cat’s ancient ancestors controlled pests, and endeared themselves to those early agrarians. A second lineage of ancient cats were discovered throughout the Mediterranean and northern Africa, primarily Egypt. This suggests that cats were brought along on trade routes. By then, the wildness had likely been tamed out of them, and they became close friends with people around 1500 B.C.

Spirits

Much has been recorded about the tragic witch trials that spread throughout Europe and early America. Cats were perceived as witch familiars, and were often persecuted alongside accused women.

However, in Buddhist cultures cats are highly regarded as the temporary resting place for spirits. Japanese cats are thought to be spiritual protectors with access to an otherworldly, divine dimension.

Other Noteworthy Cat Facts

There are so many interesting cat facts to choose from. We hope you enjoy the following collection:

  • A group of cats is called a clowder. A female cat is a queen or a molly, a male is called a tom. Female cats are usually right-pawed, males are usually left-pawed.
  • They sleep about ⅔ of the day, and hunting, eating, and grooming comprises the last third.
  • Cats are more similar to humans than dogs in that identical regions in our brains are responsible for emotions. Their hearts beat twice as fast as our own.
  • Cats can make about 100 different sounds (dogs can make about 10). The more you talk to your cat, the more they will talk to you.
  • They can jump five times their own height and can run up to 30 mph.
  • Their inner ear helps them correct their bodies in mid-fall, leading to the phrase “a cat always lands on their feet”. 
  • Cats don’t have collarbones, enabling them to fit into very narrow spaces.
  • A cat’s nose is as unique as a fingerprint.
  • Cats are lactose-intolerant.
  • The frequency of purring can help to heal their injured muscles and bones.
  • Scientists think that cats have magnetized cells in the brain that act like compasses, or use the angle of sunlight to orient themselves. Still, it’s important to have your cat microchipped
  • Cats can drink salt water and withstand temperatures of 130 degrees.
  • Domestic felines share genetic makeup with tigers, and behave similarly when it comes to urine-spraying, pouncing, and stalking.
  • When walking, cats move half of their bodies at once. Like camels and giraffes, they extend both right feet, then both left feet.  

Our veterinarians and staff members absolutely love cats. If you have any questions or would like to share your own cat facts, we’re all ears!