Funny feline facts on International Cat Day

It’s hard to deny the love we have for our feline friends. Especially on International Cat Day! 🐱

Images and videos fill every corner of the Internet with adorable furry balls of love – even if that little ball of love sometimes has a mean streak. From sitting in boxes to getting stuck in obscure places, purring to showing off their little booties, cats are mysterious, and sometimes goofy, little creatures.

Here we find out some weird and wonderful facts about cats to try and figure out what really goes on in their little fluffy heads.

Our features writer’s kitten, DJ Bento.
  1. Cats don’t have a sweet tooth because they cant actually taste sweetness.
  2. It is well known that every human fingerprint is different – well so is a cat’s. Only you wont find their fingerprint on their paws but rather on their nose – a cat’s nose is ridged and each kitty has a unique pattern.
  3. Nose boops – there is nothing more satisfying and rewarding than a little kitty nose boop. This is also the way cats show their love and affection towards other cats, dogs and humans. If a cat cheek-rubs you, gives you a head bump or pushes against you, they’re leaving their scent on you as a sign of affection. The official term for this behaviour is bunting.
  4. Kittens sleep a lot because their bodies release a growth hormone when they’re asleep.
  5. By the time a cat is nine years old, it will have only been awake for three years of its life.
  6. Cats can drink seawater – a cat’s kidneys filters out the salt to use the water content to hydrate their bodies.
  7. Ever wondered why cats bring home presents? These so-called gifts will usually be a dead mouse or bird and this is because your cat is trying to teach you how to hunt. Cats literally think that humans are really rubbish, hairless cats.
  8. Everyone knows about dogs being sent to space, but there has even been a cat sent to space. She was a French cat name Felicette, or Astrocat, and survived the journey.
  9. Cats can’t see directly below their noses. That’s why they can never find food right under their noses.
  10. All cats have a third eyelid called a “haw” and you will usually only see it when a cat is unwell.

 

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