12 Interesting Cat Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016, 12:15 pm
Approximately 90 million families in the United States have cats as pets. Millions more around the world love them. We all know how the Internet loves talking about those "purry" friends. We are also aware how procrastinators spend hours watching cat videos and pictures! Well, we aren't going to show you those cat pictures or videos instead, We have something else for you that we think will be an interesting and exciting read. How well do you think you know about cats? You may know a few things, but definitely not more than that! Hey, how about reading some interesting and little-known facts about cats? Well, you have 12 here if you want to explore!
1.There Are More Pet Cats In The United States Than Dogs
Well, this may come as a surprise to many, but it is true. Pet cats outnumber dogs in the United States by approximately 10 million. A dog is unquestionably the most popular pet animal in the world, but when it comes to the numbers, cats come out on top. Unlike dogs, cats are low on maintenance. They don't fall sick frequently and require very less attention. They can happily spend days without the presence of their masters, and all these traits make them a popular pet choice. Most families who have a dog tend to own a cat as well, whereas most cat owners don't prefer having a dog in their homes.
2.A Cat Has Been Mayor Of An Alaskan Town Since 1997
Meet Stubbs, who is now serving Talkeetna, Alaska as mayor! Talkeetna is a CDP in Alaska that has a population of less than 1000. In 1997, the residents of the area rejected all the human candidates who were running for mayor and elected Stubbs in write-in ballot. Since then, Stubbs has officially remained the mayor of Talkeetna. Every day approximately 40 visitors come to see him! A couple of years ago, a stray dog attacked Stubbs and broke its sternum. The cat had to stay nine days in the hospital to recover from the attack. Stubbs fans around the world raised money for the surgery. Currently, Stubbs is healthy and bossing around Talkeetna as he always does.
3.The Science Behind Cats Making Weird Faces
Cats, sometimes, make weird faces by closing their eyes and opening mouths. That makes them look like either they are grimacing or smiling. This behavior is called the flehmen response, which is commonly observed in many other mammals like dogs, horses, cows, camels, etc. All those pictures of animals making weird faces you see on the internet were taken during the flehmen response. This behavior lets cats taste the air! Male cats mostly do this to find out if any female cats near them are in their heat period. Irrespective of gender, all cats do this to scent food or other items of interest in their surroundings.