10 Fun Cat Facts

From bell-wearning marvels to the big-pawed cats of Hemingway's estate, find 10 fascinating cat facts here!

By Anne Drew

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Sphynx Kitten
Where can you find a green cat?
Pixiebob
Which famous writer loved six-toed cats?
Maine Coon
Which politician was partial to orange tabbies?
For centuries cats and kittens have amused and amazed us with their remarkable talents, personalities and behavior. For example, did you know:
 
Cat Fact 1
Albert Schweitzer's cat, Sizi, would often fall asleep on his right arm. Rather than disturb his cat, Schweitzer would write his prescriptions with his left arm and so became ambidextrous.

See how else cats can upset sleep and learn how to encourage good sleeping patters for cats.

 
Cat Fact 2
In November 1995, a green kitten was found in Denmark. Initially the cat was thought to be a genetic mutation but it turned out her color was caused by the high copper content in the area's water supply.

Learn what it takes for your cat to have healthy water habits.

 
Cat Fact 3
Almost half the cats on the estate of the late Ernest Hemingway have six toes. Hemingway, who shared his Key West home with more than 30 cats, once said, “A cat has absolute emotional honesty; human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”

Find out more about polydactyl cats.

 
Cat Fact 4
The giraffe, the camel and the cat are the only animals to move forward by moving both their right feet, then both their left feet, when walking. This approach lets cats move with grace and agility in perfect silence.

Read about the relationship between cats and other wild animals.


Cat Fact 5
Winston Churchill commissioned a painting of his adored orange tabby cat, Jock, who slept in his bed every night, went to all of Churchill's wartime cabinet meetings, ate at the same table and was with him when he died.

Hear why orange tabbies are special in more ways than being one of Churchill's pets.

 
Cat Fact 6
Many cats are lactose intolerant and should not be given cow's milk.

Find out other foods that are poisonous to cats.

 
Cat Fact 7
Cats with bells on their collars are often better hunters than cats without. This is because these cats learn to move without the bell making a sound and become even more stealth-like than other cats.

Catch up on the debate over how much cats hunt.

 
Cat Fact 8
French novelist Alexander Dumas owned many exotic birds. One day his beloved cat, Mysouff II, ate them all. So he sentenced his cat to five years in a cage with his pet monkeys. Financial problems then hit Dumas and he had to sell his monkeys, and Mysouff II the cat regained her freedom.

See how well cats can live with small pets and birds.

 
Cat Fact 9
Turkish Vans, unlike most other cat breeds, adore water and have a waterproof coat.

Find out which other cat breeds like water.

 
Cat Fact 10
Under the rubble of the World Trade Center, rescuers found three newborn kittens and their mom in a carton of napkins. The mother cat was named “Hope” and her kittens “Freedom,” “Amber” and “Flag.”

Learn what to do when you find a stray cat or stray kittens.
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kristen    International

3/29/2013 11:46:24 AM

Great facts, I knew cats were AWSOME!

I LOVE CATS!!! EEK!!

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

3/27/2013 11:47:02 PM

Fact 4 is not correct. Many horses are taught to pace and even race with this gait. Also, many dogs will do this naturally as well. My dog certainly does!

Jenny    Monticello, MN

3/26/2013 10:13:09 AM

Thanks for the fun facts!!! It is great learning more about cats.

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