Perhaps you have always been a huge lover of feline companionship, or else you are just discovering the fascinating and complex world of cats, then you have certainly come to the right place.
Here, for your information and of course reading pleasure, are five fascinating facts about cats you never knew that you didn’t know.
1.- Cats Share a Similarity with Giraffes & Camels
Although you may well not believe it, there is one overarching similarity between cats and (not as you would expect lions or tigers) camels and giraffes.
All three animal species, unique in this way, walk with first their two right feet, then their two left, moving half of the body at a time every step they take.
2.- Cats are 95.6% Genetically Identical to Tigers
Obviously, domestic house cats clearly look similar to large cats such as lions and tigers, but somewhat unbelievably, cats actually share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers.
With the largest house cat, the Main Coon, weighing 8kg, there is obviously a large difference in weight with tigers (who are around 300kg); but in terms of their body shape, the fact that they are both obligate carnivores, the way they make their territory with their scent and the fact they prefer to live alone they are identical.
3.- Cats are Allergic to a Number of Common Foods
Just as with any other animal, especially domesticated ones, there are a number of foods and liquids that cats are not only allergic or sensitive to, but some that can actually be poisonous and even fatal. If you own a cat, it is strongly advisable to register with a reputable and renowned veterinary practice, such as veterinariancolumbiasc.com, to find out exactly the best food to feed your cat.
It is also worth knowing that some cats are actually lactose-intolerant and should never be given milk, even though often this is what people believe. Other foods which should never be given to a domestic cat include the following:
- Garlic & Onions
- Caffeine & Chocolate
- Dog Food
- Raw Dough
- Raw Bones, Meat & Eggs
4.- Cats Are Incredibly Physically Adept
It is clear when you watch a cat how physically fit they are, but did you know that domestic house cats can actually jump more than five times their own height?
What is more, a house cat can run at a speed of over 30 miles per hour over a short distance and so would be an excellent contender in a two-hundred-meter race.
5.- Cats Are the Favorite in High Society
Not only were kittens and cats absolutely idolized and fully respected by the Ancient Egyptians and other people in the past, but cats are also the favorite amongst high society and even presidents.
Even Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States, was absolutely obsessed with domestic cats and let his own pet cats run riot around the White House during his time in office.