10 Surprising Facts about Cats

10 Surprising Facts about Cats


  1. Cats have a specialized collarbone that allows them to always land on their feet when they fall. This reflex is known as the "righting reflex."

  2. A group of cats is called a clowder.

  3. The world's oldest cat on record was named Creme Puff and lived to be 38 years old.

  4. Cats have five toes on their front paws, but only four toes on their back paws.

  5. The average cat sleeps for about 12-16 hours a day.

  6. Cats have a specialized scent organ located on the roof of their mouth called the Jacobson's organ. It helps them analyze scents and is often seen in action when a cat opens its mouth slightly and makes a funny face called the Flehmen response.

  7. A cat's nose is as unique as a human's fingerprint. Each cat has a distinct pattern of bumps and ridges on its nose.

  8. The world's largest cat measured from nose to tail was a Maine Coon named Stewie, who measured 48.5 inches long.

  9. Cats have whiskers on the backs of their front legs as well as on their faces. These whiskers help them navigate and determine if they can fit through a narrow space.

  10. The average cat can run at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour) for short distances.

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