10 facts about cats

Surprising facts about our feline friends

  • Cats are highly sensitive to noise. They can hear frequencies above and below those that humans can perceive. They can hear better than humans and most dogs.
  • A cats’ tongue is littered with little thorns (papillae), which helps to bring saliva during the grooming process onto the fur and all the way through to the skin of the cat. It also has a cooling effect.
  • Cats have a distinct preference for the left or right paw when climbing a flight of stairs, stepping over objects or when grabbing food. Tomcats are more likely to be “leftpawed” than female cats.
  • Cats descend trees in reverse, as they use their claws as hooks to give them a stronger grip.
  • Cats have a wide field of vision of about 200°. Humans only have a field of vision of about 180°.
  • Cats have a distinct feeling for balance and a flexible spine. This allows them to twist their body when they fall so that they always land on their paws.
  • The vertebrae in cats’ spines are not joined, so they are able to twist their spine more than other animals.
  • Cats can run as fast as 47 km/h
  • Cats only “meow” for humans. Communication with other cats is done through body language.
  • The nose print of a cat is as unique as our fingerprints.

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