A guide to the mysterious world of cats

Wag Wiki, last updated 25th, May 2015, Neha Manchanda


When James Herriot, in his books James Herriot's Cat Stories, wrote that cats are the connoisseurs of comfort, he had probably understood the mystery of these wonderful beings and hence the quote. There are so many blogs and websites that are all about cats and their wisdom. The mystery of cats have given rise to such quotations as "every cat owner knows that nobody owns a cat - Ellen Perry Berkely" or "a dog is a man's best friend, a cat is it's own best friend - Robert J Vogel". Despite the mystery and the humour that exists around these graceful beings, cats have been a favourite furry friend for hundred of people around the world. In fact cats have been domesticated for more than 12,000 years.

We bring to you some interesting facts about cats to decode the mystery that they are:

Cats refer to a family of meat eating animals animals that also include lions, tigers and leopards

Fact 1

Cats have true fur - an overcoat and an undercoat

fact 2

Cats can sleep 16 - 18 hours a day

sleeping cat

A female cat matures at the between the age of 5 - 9 months while a male cat matures between the age of the age of 7 - 10 months

fact 3

A female cat may have 3 - 7 kitten every 4 months

Cat and kitten

A cat can jump 7 times as high as it is tall

jumping cat

Cats are known to respond better to women than to men

women and cats

A cat's mood is reflected in its eyes

cat eyes

Contrary to the belief that cats steal food, cats are actually lactose intolerant

cats and milk

Cats can live upto 20 or more years though the average age is 14 years

cat birthday

10% of a cat's bones are in it's tails

cat tail

Cats take 20 - 40 breaths a minute

cat nose

Cats can make 60 different sounds

Cat meow

A cat has 500 skeletal muscles

Cat anatomy

All cats have 30 teeth - 12 incisors, 10 premolars, 4 canines and 4 molars

Cat teeth

If you are a cat parent, do share memorable stories about your feline family members with us!

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