It’s hard not to love cats. They are intelligent, cuddly, loving and friendly. Everyone adores them. But there are some interesting cat facts that even the most zealous aficionados of our favourite four legged friend don’t know. For example, did you know that Ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats as early as 4,000 years ago? They even had a cat-like goddess called Bastet. That’s what I call devotion!
The Evolution Of Cats
There is a lot of interesting cat facts about the evolution of our favourite pet. Today’s domestic cat has evolved from the Near Eastern wildcat, around 8,000 BC. Leopards, lions, cheetahs, tigers, and all other big cats are also close relatives to domestic cats. Today, there are over forty cat breeds in the world, and they are all members of the same species.
Physiology Of A Cat
Maybe you already knew that cats can retract their front claws, but did you know that most cats are left-pawed? Or that cats have 32 muscles in their ears, enabling them to direct their earlobes towards the source, almost without turning their head? On top of that, our agile, furry friends are able to run as fast as 30 km per hour!
Cats care more about the texture of their food than about the taste. Even the smell of the food is far more important for them. That’s all because of the rough surface of a cat’s tongue. It is perfectly designed for meat chewing, bone licking, water lapping and grooming. However, that sandpaper-like tongue falls short when it comes to fine feline dining. But that doesn’t mean that cats aren’t picky eaters, as every cat owner can testify.
The Healing Power Of A Meow
Let’s get to some serious cat facts. Did you know that having a cat is good for you? Not only that, but cat company is one of the best remedies for loneliness, anxiety, and depression. It was also scientifically proven that cat owners have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease than people who do not own a cat. As a bonus, having a cat will help you be more resistant to allergens, so if you don’t own a cat, it might be time to get one!