Cats are one of the most beloved animals in the world. They are graceful, agile and playful, and they make wonderful companions. There are also many intriguing facts about cats that you might not know! From their amazing sense of smell to their extraordinary jumping abilities, here are the Top 10 Facts about cats.
1. Cats can jump up to 6 times their height.
Cats are really good jumpers and can jump really high.
You can often see them on the top of a garden fence or on a really high wall!
They have very strong muscles in their legs which catapults them into the airEmbed from Getty Images
2. They have a total of 18 toes.
That’s a lot of toes!
Cats have 5 toes on each of their front paws.
They then have four toes on their back paws.Embed from Getty Images
3. There are over 500 million pet cats!
There are lots of cats across the world as they are one of the most popular pets to have.
According to PDSA, in the UK, 51% of adults own a cat!
4. Cats sleep for around 13 to 16 hours a day (70% of their life).
Have you ever noticed that cats are always sleeping?
They do this to save their energy.
In the wild they would be saving their energy to go and hunt for their food.
House cats obviously don’t need to do this but it just comes naturally to them.Embed from Getty Images
5. 1 year of a cats life equals to 15 years of a humans live.
Cats age much faster than humans and live for a shorter amount of time.
This means that when a cat is 1 year old, that actually equals to 15 human years!
6. One of the largest domestic cat breeds is a Maine Coon.
The Maine Coon is one of the largest domestic cat breeds there is.
In fact, the Guinness World Records gave Barivel, a Maine Coon, the award for being the longest domestic cat ever!
Barivel is 120cm long and lives in Italy.Embed from Getty Images
7. The smallest cat breed is a Singapura.
The smallest cat breed is the Singapura.
It originates from Singapore.
They are around half the size of a normal house cat.
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8. Purring means a cat is content.
Most of the time a cat will purr when it is happy and content.
This is mostly when it is getting a nice stroke from it’s owner.
They use their purr as a way of communication.
9. A cat can run up to 30mph.
Cats are very speedy.
They can run up to 30mph.
That’s about as fast as a car will travel on a typical road!Embed from Getty Images
10. The oldest cat was 38 years old.
The oldest recorded living cat lived up to 38 years old.
He was called Creme Puff!
Most domestic cats live for around 16 – 17 years.