The Savannah is the largest domestic cat breed. It resembles a small leopard and behaves like a dog. They can grow up to 40 lbs, have an eight-foot vertical jump, and can be trained to walk on a leash and play fetch.
2. Cats have only 3 blood types: A, B, and AB. 94-99% of all US domestic cats are type A. Type AB is the rarest. There is no universal donor type.
3. Van Cats of Eastern Turkey (a naturally-occurring breed) all have white fur, mismatched eyes, and love to swim.
4. Maru and all Scottish Folds are descended from a single cat named Susie, found on a farm in Scotland in 1961, who was killed by a car 3 months after producing the first Scottish Fold kittens.
5. Cats are shown drinking milk in stories and TV shows, but in reality most cats are lactose intolerant.
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In Holland’s embassy in Moscow, two Siamese cats kept meowing and clawing at the walls of the building. Their owners finally investigated, thinking they would find mice. Instead, they discovered microphones hidden by Russian spies.
7. An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year. During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.
8. Domestic cats may eat their kittens for a variety of reasons, including stress, poor food supply, inexperience at parenthood, or for no apparent reason.
9. Cats domesticated themselves. Genetic studies show Persians and Siamese cats wandered into Near Eastern settlements at the dawn of agriculture. Their mission was food, not friendship.
10. The Toyger is a cat bred to look like a miniature tiger.
As a kitten, a cat named Trim "fell overboard, but managed to swim back to the vessel and climb aboard by scaling a rope". Trim also circumnavigated Australia.
12. The theories of why cats like being inside boxes are 1) they are terrible at conflict resolution, so they hide, 2) they are ambush predators, so they are drawn to sneaky spots, and 3) their ideal temperature is 30-36°C and the corrugated card is a great insulator.
13. In 2005, a cat named Emily in Wisconsin got into a paper shipping container, resulting in a three-week trip to France without reliable food or water. When found, she got to fly back home in business class for free.
14. Cats spend 70% of their lifetime sleeping.
15. The first commercially produced pet clone was 'Little Nicky' a Maine Coon cat. His owner paid $50,000 in 2004 to have her deceased cat 'Nicky' cloned.
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17. Cats can recognize their owner’s voice. They just never evolved to care.
18. The Himalayan cat is an engineered cross-breed of Siamese and Persian. The Himalayan Mountains are located roughly halfway between Persia and Siam.
19. The Sphynx cat came about barely in the 1960s and originated in Canada when a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten. It was then bred solely for its natural hairless trait.
20. A female cat can apparently have kittens until they die of old age. Only humans, killer whales and pilot whales have menopause.
“Bossy”, a Scottish Fold Cat is the director of communications at the Romanian company ‘Catbox’ and earns a salary of $225 a month (plus bonuses), which is more than some Romanians working in rural areas.
22. The unique curly-haired kitties known as the Selkirk Rex can all trace their beginnings back to one single Montana shelter cat.
23. Cats actually have whiskers all over their bodies which they use to gauge data about their surroundings.
24. When a cat eats catnip, it acts as a sedative, but when smelled, it causes the cat to go crazy.
25. The little slits on the outside of a cat's ears are called Henry's Pocket, and no one is quite sure why they are there.