Fun, quirky, and loveable felines have been ideal companions and mystifying their owners for centuries. Pet parents often study up on breeds, behaviors, and other facts that help them provide the best level of care for their feline friends.
While the majority of cat owners know the basics about their pets, there are some wild, weird, and interesting facts about felines that many cat owners may not know.
1. Cats spend up to 70% of their lives asleep.
Cats enjoy sleeping. That's a fact. But how much time do felines actually spend asleep? The answer might surprise you. Cats are known to spend up to 70% of their lives asleep. Humans who enjoy sleep may be envious as their pets sleep schedules go well beyond a "cat nap."
2. A cats sense of smell is 14 times stronger than a human.
Cats are natural hunters and are equipped with a variety of unique mental and physical traits required for a successful hunt. One of these physical characteristics is a heightened sense of smell. Cats are known to have a sense of smell that is 14 times the strength of humans. This enhanced sense of smell allowed felines to hone in on potential prey and identify nearby predators.
3. Cats can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Another physical trait that common cats have inherited from their ancestors is speed. The bond between felines and humans is said to have started when cats proved themselves to be a great at controlling pest populations. With the ability to reach speeds of up to 30 MPH, it's no wonder why felines were great at chasing down lightning fast rodents and other small prey.
4. More people own cats than dogs.
Any person looking to buy/adopt an animal to care for has wide variety of types and species to choose from. So how do cats measure up in this pet paw-pularity contest? Behind freshwater fish, which take the top spot by sheer numbers alone, cats finish ahead of dogs and come in second place with around 88 million animals worldwide. Dogs take third place with around 74 million animals which could come as a surprise to pet owners worldwide.
5. In 1963, Félicette the cat was the first cat to complete a successful space mission.
When most people think about cats the thought of space travel usually does not come to mind. This was not the case on October 18th 1963 when French Space Program changed the history of feline space travel forever. Félicette the tuxedo cat was chosen from 14 other potential cat-stronauts and is the only feline to successfully complete a space mission.
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