They say fact is stranger than fiction. Well, when it comes to cats, that's often true. Below are ten facts about cats you might not believe, but they are true!
We hate cleaning them up! But they do have a name. Did you know that the technical term for a hairball is a bezoar? It's true. [source, Encyclopedia of Cats. New York, NY: Parragon Books Ltd.]
The Popular Cat
In North America, there are over 73 million cats kept as pets, compared to dogs, of which there are 63 million. This makes cats the most popular pet in America.
The Cat Purr
Cats purr at a frequency that has been proven to reduce blood pressure in humans, and induce relaxation. Having a cat sleep by your head can reduce stress.
Cats are Popular
6. Cats, despite their aloof nature, are more similar to us than many realize. The region of the brain responsible for emotion is identical in both cats and humans, meaning cats feel just as we do. [source, What Cats Are Made Of. New York, NY: Ginee Seo Books]
Cats purr not only when happy, but to ease tension. They learn this from their mother, who purrs as they nurse. Purring is a form of stimulating "happy hormones" and making a cat feel better. This is why cats will sometimes purr even when in pain.
The Vocal Cat
While dogs are known to only be able to make 10 different sounds, cats can make over 100 [source, What Cats Are Made Of. New York, NY: Ginee Seo Books].
Cats are true carnivores. This means they NEED meat to survive. No vegetarian diet for a cat. Their bodies require the taurine that is present in red meat in order to survive.
Cats and Water
One of the few cats who likes water is the Turkish Van. This is due to the coat being water resistant. Other cat's coats are poor insulators in water. This may be why cats hate water.
A cat can jump five times its own height, and they almost always land on their feet when they fall. This is due to the loose vertebrae in their backs.
If you love cats, you are considered an Ailurophile. There may be something to this Crazy Cat Lady rumor after all. Cats truly are incredible creatures.