Cat Facts

Here are some fun cat facts from Creature Comforts Pet Sitting of Seattle:

Cats have five toes on their front paws, but only four toes on back paws.
They even hear better than dogs.
Cats only sweat through their paws, so there’s a limit to how much they can sweat. To help regulate their body temperature on hot days, cats groom themselves. Licking is a mechanism for cooling. As the saliva evaporates off the fur, it lowers your kitty’s body temperature.
The ridges on your cat’s nose pad are as individual as your fingerprints
Papillae, tiny elevated backwards hooks that help hold prey, are what make a cat’s tongue scratchy-feeling. Humans should not pick up a kitten or cat by the scruff of the neck — only mother cats can do this safely, and only with kittens
Cats can squeeze through any opening that is not smaller than their heads — their bone structure is narrow at the shoulders and they can easily rotate their bodies through tight spaces.
Cats have over 100 vocal sounds; dogs have around 10.
Fossil records have shown that cats have been around for thousands of years, without much change in their shape or behaviors.
A cat’s jaws are designed to move up and down, but not sideways — they cannot grind their food, they can only bite down on it.
The pelvis and shoulders are only loosely attached to a cat’s spine, which is part of what makes kitties so flexible and able to squeeze into tight spaces.
The domesticated kitty is the only feline species that walks with its tail held vertically — wild cats position their tails horizontally or tuck them between their legs while walking.

Do you have any other cat facts to share?

Matthew Scott

Creature Comforts Pet Sitting of Seattle

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