Cat Facts

Time for some cat facts again! You might have seen them before in earlier cat facts posts, but I’m also looking for some new ones!

  • Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run.
  • A cat’s field of vision is about 200 degrees.
  • Not every cat gets “high” from catnip. If the cat doesn’t have a specific gene, it won’t react (about 20% do not have the gene). Catnip is non-addictive.
  • IMG_1460 - CopyThe average lifespan of an outdoor-only (feral and non-feral) is about 3 years; an indoor-only cat can live 16 years and longer.
  • A steady diet of dog food may cause blindness in your cat – it lacks taurine.
  • Cat bites are more likely to become infected than dog bites.
  • Cats bury their feces to cover their trails from predators.
  • Tabby cats are thought to get their name from Attab, a district in Baghdad, now the capital of Iraq.
  • A tortoiseshell is black with red or orange markings and a calico is white with patches of red, orange and black.
  • The Ancient Egyptian word for cat was mau, which means “to see”.

10 Responses to “Cat Facts”

  1. Tom Duhamel

    Catou has always been a big fan of catnip. She rolls in it, and lay over it so the other cats can’t reach it.

    Tigra is also interested in catnip, but to a lesser extend. She plays with it and eats it.

    Juliette is the only one of the three who got fixed before she reached her sexual maturity. She is not interested in catnip. She smells it, but doesn’t thing anything of it. She watches the other cats roll in it and seems to wonder what they are doing.

    Did you know big cats also like catnip?

  2. Kitties Blue

    Thanks for the kitty facts. We did not know about the dog food or where the tabby name came from. We always like to hear things about kitties that we didn’t know. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo


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