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1.  Amazing Cats are Unbelievable Old! Amazing Cat Facts. Evidence suggests domesticated cats have been around since 3600 BC, 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs! Sure, cats are old, but domesticated cats? A burial mound from round 3800 BC was found containing six cats, indicating they were cherished as either pets or companions at this time. […]

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Amazing Cats & Kittens – Surprising and Fun Feline Facts

1.  Amazing Cats are Unbelievable Old!

Amazing Cat Facts. Evidence suggests domesticated cats have been around since 3600 BC, 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs! Sure, cats are old, but domesticated cats?

A burial mound from round 3800 BC was found containing six cats, indicating they were cherished as either pets or companions at this time. Mind you- these are just domesticated cats; the question arises then – how old are cats, exactly?

Amazing Cats Sweat through Feet

2. Amazing Cats Sweat through their Feet!

Like most dog breeds, cats don’t have regular sweat glands on their dermis like humans, but rather sweat through their foot pads! There are, however, both hairless (relatively) breeds of dogs and cats.

Whether it be a Sphinx (hairless cat) or Chinese Crested (hairless dog), sweat stains are sometimes left behind for owners to take care of; even hairless animals require grooming.

Amazing Cat Ears & Hearing

3. Their Hearing is Incredible!

Both dogs and cats are able to hear better than us humans, but unlike dogs and their insane sense of smell, a cat’s hearing is it’s strongest attribute. Humans can distinguish sounds as high as about 20 kHz, but cats can go as far as 64 kHz! Interestingly enough, they can also move their ears 180 degrees and separately, giving them a better ability to ‘funnel’ sound.

4. Ever Wonder Why they Rub?

Cats have scent glands along their tail, their forehead, lips, chin, and the underside of their front paws. Unlike dogs, who will urinate on any given object to leave its’ scent, cats will simply rub themselves against it. Seems a whole lot cleaner, huh?

That being said, cats are actually trying to ‘mark’ you (and anything) as their own when they rub up against you.

  • Unfortunately, cats do sometimes use urine to mark their territory, and (as any cat owner will attest to) it can be nearly impossible to get rid of if allowed to seep below carpeting and into baseboards.
  • Like dogs, scent is one of a cat’s primary methods of communication. On the flip side, their power of smell is far weaker (still about 3X stronger than humans) than even a short nosed pug (perhaps why their urine smells so strong).
  • Stress can be a major contributor to ‘spraying’.

Amazing Cat Eyes

5. Amazing Cats Eyes Glow (Kind of)

Both dogs  and cats (and many other nocturnal animals) have a reflective membrane in the back of their eyes called a Tapetum lucidum; this helps them see better in low light by acting like a mirror to their retinas, reflecting light back through their eyes.

What does this mean? Cats evolved to have better low light vision; they are superior hunters at night!

6. Ever Wonder Why Cats Don’t Like Water?

Unlike dogs, who evolved from Grey Wolves, a species with a water repellant coat, a cat’s coat doesn’t repel water very well at all. Hence, while most cats will tolerate the water if they must, they certainly don’t prefer it.

The ‘Turkish Van’ is one cat breed who doesn’t experience this problem, and actually seems to enjoy water! Unlike most breeds, their coats are water resistant and insulate them well.

 7. You Can Leave the Candy Out (But Probably Shouldn’t)

Unlike dogs, cats don’t have a ‘sweet tooth’. Though things like chocolate are still just as dangerous for cats as dogs, they aren’t as likely to scoop them up.

  • Milk Chocolate, an ingredient in most candies, contains very small amounts of the chemical dangerous to animals; it would take several pounds of it to prove fatal. Dark Chocolate contains far more of it, thus is far more dangerous; it would take a very small amount of Dark Chocolate to be deadly. Cocoa Powder is lethal in the full sense of the word; call your vet immediately if your pooch/kitten consumes any.
  • If your pet consumes a substance poisonous to them, you can (your vet will almost certainly reccomend this) feed them a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Much less can be done if the substance is allowed to be digested, which is the only reason most vets will recommend owners take action prior to taking their pet in.

8. They Were Once Feared

During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil, ordering thousands of cats to be burned. Ironically, the slippery feline managed its’ own revenge beyond the grave; the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, exacerbating the effects of the Black Death.

During the middle ages, cats were associated with ‘witchcraft’; they were the victim of all sorts of horrible acts of cruelty. Of course, ‘doctors’ of the time thought it was a good idea to drain their patient’s blood, as if that would somehow boost their immune system. Medical knowledge, along with common sense, has progressed a lot since then.

  • Peaking in Europe around 1350, the Black Death, or Black Plague, was one of the absolute worst pandemics in human history, leading to the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people!

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