October 29th is National Cat Day, a day to celebrate the fascinating felines in our lives. Here are 10 facts about cats you probably didn’t know:
10 Fascinating Facts About Cats
- A cat has 32 muscles in each ear (a human has 6).
- Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
- Cats have 230 bones, while humans only have 206.
- Cats’ long tails actually serve a purpose — they use them to balance themselves when they’re jumping or walking on narrow planks like banisters and railings.
- Cats’ whiskers aren’t just for show. They are a very important tool and are used to “feel” the world around them. Their whiskers are generally about the same width as their bodies.
- Cats were once worshipped as gods (and they haven’t forgotten this!).
- Cats walk by moving their legs in this order: right rear, right front, left rear, left front (see below). The rear leg almost looks like it’s “kicking” the front leg forward. This gait is unique to cats.
- There are cats who have more than 18 toes. They are often referred to as “double-pawed” when this happens, but the correct term is “polydactyl.”
- Cats are believed to be the only animals who don’t taste sweetness.
- Cats’ claws are curved downward, which is great for climbing up trees, but a problem for getting down, which is why they often get stuck. They need to climb down backward, rather than face first, which they don’t often try.
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