Cat Facts

Understand Your Cat

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The Cat is an Amazing Animal!

Cat Facts: Here are some quick facts about felines.

  • The cat has two vocal cords, and it is able to make over 100 different sounds.
  • Cats nose pads are ridged in a unique individual pattern, like human fingerprints.
  • A cat’s heart beats at 110 to 140 beats per minute. This is twice as fast as the human heart.
  • Cats have 30 teeth. They have 12 incisors, 10 premolars, 4 canines, and 4 molars.
  • Calico (tortiseshell) cats are almost always female.


  • The domestic cat is the only species of cat that is able to hold its tail vertical while walking. Wild cats hold their tails horizontal, or tucked between their legs.
  • A cat’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees, which is slightly warmer than a humans.
  • One pair of cats and their kittens can produce up to 420,000 kittens in only 7 years.
  • Cats have 290 bones in their body


Cat Facts- 30 Teeth

Cat Facts: Cats have 30 teeth

  • Cats have 517 muscles in their body .
  • Cats are partially color-blind. They have the equivalency of human red-green color blindness. Reds appear as green and greens appear as red.
  • Cats need only 1/6th the amount of light to see, that a human does.
  • Cats can see up to 120 feet.


  • Cats peripheral vision is around 285 degrees.
  • Cat’s ear can pivot 180 degrees.
  • Cats have 30 muscles in each of their ears.
  • Cats have 5 more vertebrae in their spinal column than a human.
  • Backward-pointing spikes on a cat’s tongue aid in their grooming.


  • 40% of cats are ambidextrous while another 40% are either right-pawed or left-pawed.
  • A cat has more bones than a human; humans have 206, but the cat has 230 (some cites list 245 bones, and state that bones may fuse together as the cat ages).
  • The cat has 500 skeletal muscles


  • Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (compared to human’s 6 muscles each). A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.
  • Cats’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs
  • Almost 10% of a cat’s bones are in its tail, and the tail is used to maintain balance.

Check out this Cute Cat Facts Book for Kids

101 Amazing Facts about Cats - Cat Books for Kids

101 Amazing Facts about Cats

I hope you enjoyed learning some interesting cat facts.

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