Do you love trivia?
If you’re like us, nothing beats some good old-fashioned cat trivia which is why we’ve gathered 15 of the coolest cat facts just for you. Read on to learn about the world’s oldest cat, a feline movie star and much, much more!
1. There are over 70 breeds of cats. Check out The Scratchin’ Post’s quick, four-minute video recap of them all:
2. It is estimated that there are 200 – 600 million cats alive on Earth.
3. Cats are the second most popular pet in the U.S., second to only freshwater fish.
4. There may have been instances of domesticated cats as early as 7,500 BC – that’s 9,500 years ago!
5. The heaviest known cat weighed nearly 50 pounds (sounds like they could have used our Feline Fitness Challenge!)
6. Domesticated cats use vocalizations like meowing, purring and hissing – but feral cats are practically silent.
7. Cats can pass their body through any space which they can fit their heads through.
8. With extra thick enamel, less damaging saliva, less food retention between teeth and a mostly sugar-free diet, cats have better chompers than humans (this doesn’t mean they can’t have dental problems, so pay attention to your furry friend’s teeth!)
9. Thanks to their powerful livers, cats can survive by drinking seawater if they have to.
10. Cats’ life spans are on the rise – in the early 1980s cats were only expected to live seven years; now they are expected to live 12 – 15!
11. The oldest known cat was Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years old.
12. Here’s another reason to spay/neuter: it increases life expectancy! Neutered male cats live twice as long, and spayed females live 62% longer than their intact peers.
13. Studies show that ethologically, pet owners may serve as a sort of surrogate for a cat’s mother – yes, you literally are a cat mom/dad!
14. The first cat video on YouTube was uploaded in 2005 – watch it here:
15. …but cats have starred in films as early as the 1800s! The clip below is from a 1901 film, The Sick Kitten, and features two children pretending to be doctors who are nursing a kitten back to health (the kitten wasn’t actually sick and they were just giving it milk). Check it out!
Know some more fun cat facts? Leave them in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!