17 Surprising Cat Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Feline
Love them or hate them, approximately 30-37% of American households own a cat according to the ASPCA. We’ve accumulated 17 surprising cat facts that will help you understand the complexity behind the second most popular domestic pet.
1. Operation Acoustic Kitty
Known as Operation Acoustic Kitty, the CIA invested $10 million to train a cat to eavesdrop on Russian officials in Washington, D.C. The cyborg cat had surgically embedded microphones and radio transmitters to be able to spy on enemies. Ten feet into the mission the cat was unceremoniously hit by a taxi.
2. Cats Are Therapeutic
Petting your furry friend can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and even boost your immune system.
3. Cats Intentionally Ignore Their Humans
Cats are true masterminds when it comes to obedience.|-> Studies show that even though cats recognize their owner’s voice, their apparent aloofness is merely just an act. In reality, they’re choosing to ignore you.
4. Sir ISAAC Newton Did Not Invent the Cat Door
Urban legend attributes the invention of the cat door to Sir Isaac Newton, who allegedly invented the cat flap to prevent light exposure from ruining his experiments. (Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.)
5. Cats Are Cat-Music Lovers
Cats are actually quite musical. Scientists have begun experimenting with species-appropriate music composed with pulses and sounds that the species recognize. Grab your nearest cat and try the sample song on him!
6. Cats Don’t Live Their Lives to the Fullest
This fact is not quite as surprising. Cats spend 2/3 of their lives sleeping. That means that a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life time. In comparison, we spend roughly 1/3 of our lifetimes sleeping.
7. Your Cat’s Brain Resembles Your Own
Cats are smarter than you think. Cat’s brain structures are very similar to our own. According to PetMD, “The brains of cats have a surface folding and structure that is very similar to that of the human brain, about 90 percent similar to be more exact”.
8. The Midnight Cat Crazies are Real
When your cat spontaneously zips around the living room, he is releasing pent up energy.
9.Your Cat Has More Social Media Friends than You Do
Social media profiles for pets are on the rise. Approximately one in ten pets is on Facebook.
10. Separation Anxiety for Cats Is Non-Existent
It’s been scientifically proven that cat’s do not need their owners. Research reveals cats fail to show signs of separation anxiety when their owners are absent.<-| In other words, your cat doesn’t miss you as much as you’d like to think.
11. Grumpy Cat Is Richer than You
It is rumored that Grumpy Cat net worth is $100 million. While his owner, Tabatha Bundesen denies the accuracy of the figure, she was able to quit her job as a waitress at Red Robyn.
12. Cats Have Better Nocturnal Vision
Cat’s can see better in dimmer lights and have a wider peripheral view than us. Experts think grass appears red to them.
13. Cats Can Boost Your Immunity
Though cats can show they have little interest in pleasing their owners, they do have healing abilities. A cat’s purr falls in the 20 to 140 Hz range, frequencies that have been shown to encourage healing.
14. Cats Think They Own You
Again, not quite as surprising. If your cat brings a dead mouse, it is acting on its natural instincts to teach its young (you) how to hunt.
15. Cats Can Out-Navigate You
Cats have an amazing internal GPS system known as “psi-traveling”. Experts think that cats can use the angle of the sunlight and earth’s magnetic poles to navigate themselves back to their homes.
16. Cloned Cats Are Expensive
Little Nicky was the first commercially cloned pet and takes home the prize for most expensive cat at a price tag of $50,000.
17. Dying Cats Seek Solitude
Severely ill cats can run away to die off on their own. They are responding to their natural evolutionary instinct to hide when they’re feeling ill and vulnerable.