Tuesday, April 26

Facts about cats

Welcome to Cat Facts!

I love cats! They are soft and fluffy. I would like to tell you some cool cat facts.  Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world! Did you know that cats can’t taste sweet stuff? Yep, that is right, they can’t taste anything sweet. Do you know why? Cats are primarily carnivores and don’t need anything other than meat in their diets. Although cats sometimes eat vegetables and other food sources, cats have taste buds just like humans, but they can’t taste sweet stuff like humans. How cool is that?


Do you have a favorite type of cat? 


Facts about cats:

1. There are around 70 different breeds of cats. Here is a list of some of the breeds in alphabetical order:

  •       American curl
  •       British shorthair
  •       Cymric
  •       Donskoy
  •       Korat
  •       Maine coon cat
  •       Munchkin cat
  •       Norwegian forest cat
  •       Persian
  •       Ragdoll
  •       Scottish fold
  •       Siberian cat
  •       Singapura cat

2. Cats can run about 30 miles per hour (MPH). That is fast. A human can run up to 8 miles per hour. A cat can run faster than a human, but only for a short period of time.

3. Depending on the cat breed, they can sleep anywhere from 12 to 16 hours a day! They need a lot of sleep. How many hours of sleep do you get at night? Cats are crepuscular. Crepuscular means that cats are mostly awake and active during the dawn and dusk. Cats spend a lot of their waking hours grooming themselves.

4. Cats can jump up to six times their own height. Depending on the breed, they can usually jump about 4 to 5 feet or more. Cats have mighty hind legs!

5. Did you know that most cats have 18 toes? They have five toes on each of their front paws and four toes on each back paw. That is a total of 18 toes!! Some cats may have more or fewer toes. Cats also have 18 claws, and some cats can have more or fewer claws.

6. A group of three or more cats is called a clowder. A female cat is sometimes referred to as a molly or queen. A male cat is sometimes referred to as a tom or tomcat. A baby cat is called a kitten. A group of kittens is called a litter or a kindle.

7. The Maine coon cat is the biggest of domesticated cats. The Maine coon cat can weigh up to 30 pounds and be up to 40 inches in length. One of the smallest domesticated cats is the Singapura cat. The Singapura cat can weigh up to 8 pounds and be up to 12 inches in length.

8. Did you know that someone who loves cats is called an ailurophile? Ailurophile is a Greek word meaning lover of cats.


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Books about Cats:

1. CAT BREEDS FOR KIDS by Melissa Ackerman

2. Cat Book: 101 Amazing Facts about Kittens and Cats by Jenny Kellett

3. My First Cat Book: by Angela Herlihy

4. Everything Cat: by Marty Crisp

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.



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