In honor of National Cat Day, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting cat facts with you. Enjoy!
- Most kittens are born with blue eyes. They change color as they age.
- There are calico male cats - about one calico in every 3,000 is male. This occurs due to Klinefelter Syndrome. This condition occurs when a male cat possesses an extra X chromosome, which allows for the expression of the calico coat pattern (Vetstreet).
- According to Discover Magazine, cats are near-sighted, but not close-sighted; they cannot see anything less than a foot from them.
- Cats do not have collarbones, which allows them to fit through spaces the size of their heads, according to Trupanion.
- Cats are one of the few mammals that lack taste receptors for sweetness (Discover Magazine).
- According to Purina, more cats are left-pawed than right.
- Approximately 75% of cats respond to catnip (Purina).
- Cats almost never meow at each other - they reserve this type of communication for humans (North Shore Animal League).
- Cats use their whiskers to determine if they can fit through a space.
- According to the North Shore Animal League, a scared feline can run at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour!
This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer and Professional Blogger.