21 Amazing Facts About Cats That You Never Knew

By Katie Garrity

1. Ancient Egyptians adored cats for their finesse in killing rodents, as far back as 4,000 years ago.

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2. Cats prefer their food at room temperature — not too hot, not too cold.

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3. A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.

4. Cats can't taste sweetness... bummer.

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5. A cat's purr may be a form of self-healing, nervousness, or contentment.

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6. A cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s than to a dog’s.

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7. Cats can pick up on your tone of voice. So sweet-talking to your cat has more of an impact than you think.

8. Rather than nine months, cat pregnancies last about nine weeks.

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9. Cats have better long-term memory than dogs.

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10. Abraham Lincoln kept four cats in the White House. President Clinton had one named Socks!

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11. Cats rub against people to mark their territory.

12. Black cats are bad luck in the United States, but they are good luck in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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13. Cats walk like camels and giraffes. They move both of their right feet first, followed by both of their left feet. No other animals walk this way.

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14. Cats can spend up to a third of their waking hours grooming.

15. The largest litter of kittens produced 19 kittens.

16. Cat noses are unique, just like human fingerprints.

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17. Many cats like to lick their owner's freshly washed hair.

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18. Cats can be toilet trained.

19. When a cat’s tail is shaped like a question mark, it means she wants to play.

20. Webbed feet on a cat? The Peterbald's got 'em! They make it easy for the cat to get a good grip on things with skill.

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21. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States. There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs. So I guess, cats win?

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