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13 Facts About Cats That Made Us Love Them Even More

Cats are amazing animals and that’s why so many people around the world adore them. We think that we know everything about them, but that’s not true because they always find a way to amaze us.

We at Bright Side have learned many new and interesting facts about these pets and decided to share them with you. Make sure to stick with us until the end, where a bonus is waiting for you.

1. On average, cats spend two-thirds of their lives sleeping. So, a 9-year-old cat spent only 3 years of its life awake.

2. It turns out that a cat’s brain is biologically closer to our brain than a dog’s. We have the same parts of the brain responsible for emotions.

3. The smallest wild cat today is a black-footed cat. Females are 19 in long and can weigh just 2.6 lb.

4. The British and Australians believe that meeting a black cat brings good luck, whereas, in Europe and North America, it is considered to be a bad sign.

5. The most popular cat breed today is the Persian cat. The next most popular are the Maine Coon and the Siamese.

6. Many cats can find their way home despite long distances. According to experts, cats either understand where they are by the angle of sunlight or have magnetized cells in the brain that work as a compass.

7. The oldest cat in the world was Crème Puff from Austin, Texas. It lived from 3 August 1967 to 6 August 2005, and died 3 days after its 38th birthday.

8. Cats can be distinguished just like people by their fingerprints, except instead of their fingers, it’s their noses.

9. Cats don’t have sweat glands all over their body like people. So, they sweat only through their paws.

10. Cats are very sensitive to vibration. They can sense an earthquake 10-15 minutes before people can.

11. Female cats are usually right-handed and male cats are left-handed.

12. Cat owners have a 30% lower risk of heart attack or a stroke.

13. It was believed that the first domestic cats appeared in Egypt, but a discovery made in 1936 proved this idea wrong. In Cyprus, in a 9,500-year-old grave, there was a mummy of a kitten: it was killed to be buried together with the owner. This precedes the mentions of cats in Egyptian art by more than 4,000 years.

Bonus

As it turns out, there’s a special method to get rid of a bad mood and many diseases. It’s called feline-assisted therapy or treatment with cats. According to medical studies, cats can treat people in different ways:

  • With sound: When a cat purrs, it makes a vibration from 16 to 44 Hz; this frequency stimulates the body’s protective systems and makes the immune system stronger.
  • With heat: A cat’s body is usually a couple of degrees higher than a human’s, so cats have a warming and an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • With their magnetic field (animal energy: This way, a cat can relax you, improve your mood, neutralize stress, and treat depression).

Which fact amazed you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Please note: This article was updated in May 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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