7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Cat

7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Cat

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7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Cat

Discover 7 interesting cat facts that will surprise you. Learn about cats' hearing, vocals, and other things you didn't know about cats.

7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Cat

Are you a cat lover? Even if you are, there are probably some interesting cat facts you haven't heard of. Here are seven things you didn't know about your feline friend.

1. Cats Don't Have a Sweet Tooth

Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. This is believed to be due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.

2. Cats' Unique Climbing Style

A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.

3. Cats' Diverse Vocalizations

Did you know that cats' vocals are incredibly diverse? Cats make about 100 different sounds, while dogs make only about 10.

4. Cats' Hearing Ability

When it comes to cats' hearing, they have us beat. A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s, and they can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.

5. Cats' Purring Mechanism

Researchers are unsure exactly how a cat purrs. Most veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by vibrating vocal folds deep in the throat.

6. Cats' Righting Reflex

Some cats have survived falls of over 65 feet (20 meters), due largely to their “righting reflex.” The eyes and balance organs in the inner ear tell it where it is in space so the cat can land on its feet.

7. Cats' Paw Preference

Like humans, cats tend to favor one paw over another. Female cats tend to be right-pawed, while male cats are more often left-pawed.

These are just a few of the things you didn't know about cats. There's always more to learn about our feline friends, so stay curious and keep exploring!

Further Reading

If you enjoyed learning about these fascinating cat facts, you might also be interested in the evolution of cats. Check out our article on "The Evolution of Cats: Journey from Wild to Domestic". 

It's a captivating read that traces the journey of cats from their wild origins to the beloved domestic pets they are today.

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