Time for some cat facts! Let’s see if we got some nice facts left!
- Cats have highly specialized teeth and a digestive system suitable for eating meat.
- The premolar and first molar together compose the carnassial pair on each side of the mouth, which efficiently functions to shear meat like a pair of scissors. While this is present in canines, it is highly developed in felines.
- The number of cat breeds is quite large: many cat registries recognize between 35 and 70 breeds of cats, and even more are in development, with one or more of new breeds being recognized each year on average, having distinct features and heritage.
- In the U.S., non-purebred cats are sometimes called an alley cat, even if it is not a stray.
- Cats come in varieties of colors and patterns. But these are physical properties and should not be confused with a breed of cat.
- Cats can conserve energy by sleeping more than most animals, especially as they grow older.
- Due to cats nocturnal nature, they are often known to enter a period of increased hyperactivity and playfulness during the evening, dubbed the ‘evening crazies’, ‘night crazies’ or ‘mad half hour’ by some (but not ‘happy hour’).
- Cats’ temperament can vary depending on the breed. Shorter haired cats tend to be skinnier and more active. Cats with longer hair tend to be heavier and less active. (Is this true guys? I know some of you have long-haired cats, and short-haired cats.)
- Cats at rest have an average heart rate between 150 and 180 bpm.
- Cats can easily withstand the heat and cold of a temperate climate, but not for long periods.
- According to Norse legend, the fine ribbon used to bind Fenrir was crafted by dwarfs from, among other items, the sound a cat makes when walking.
- Common lore says that cats have nine lives. It is a tribute to their perceived durability, their occasional apparent lack of instinct for self-preservation, and their seeming ability to survive falls that would be fatal to other creatures.