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15 Totally Random Facts About Cats

When it comes to cats, they can be unpredictable. We’ve put together some totally random facts about cats that will intrigue and entertain you. Hopefully these facts brighten your day and put a smile on your face.

1. Cats are Much Cheaper to Adopt Than Dogs

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The standard adoption fee for cats and kittens is from $34 to $276 while the cost for dogs and puppies run $118 to $667 according to the Animal Humane Society.

2. Cat With the Most Instagram Followers

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Nala_Cat is a Siamese-Tabby mix who achieved her Guinness World Record on May 13, 2020 for having 4,361,519 Instagram followers.

3. There are About 94 Million Domestic Cats in the U.S.

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The feral cat population has climbed drastically to between 100 and 150 million according to recent scientific observations. There are 71 specific breeds according to TICA (The International Cat Association). And for the record… Tabby, Calico, Tortoiseshell, Tuxedo, and Hairless cats are mixes, not breeds.

4. Most Cats Had Short Fur Until 100 Years Ago

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In the early 1900s, owning domestic cats became popular and breeding experiments soon followed. The results were beautiful new pedigrees of long furred kitties.

5. Older Cats Develop Memory Problems Like Humans

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Feline Cognitive Dysfunction (FCD) can develop as cats get older. This can lead to problems with urination or defecation outside the litter box, confusion, disorientation, restlessness, waking at night, and possibly excessive vocalization. Around 55% of cats from 11-15 years old are affected by FCD and more than 80% of cats from ages 16-20.

6. Some Random Facts About Cats and Their Owners

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  • Approximately 87% of all domestic house cats in the United States are either spayed or neutered.
  • Shelters in the United States take in around 1.6 million cats every year and release over 80% of them alive according to current data.
  • Around 35% of households in the United States have at least one cat as a pet. With multiple cat households, that’s about 94 million domestic companions.
  • According to a recent study, about 75% of cat owners are female and women are less likely to date male cat owners.

7. Rome Has More Feral Cats Than Any Other City

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Rome, Italy has a fascinating collection of ancient temples just a couple blocks away from the Pantheon known as Largo di Torre Argentina. This large, excavated square is home to around 150 feral cats living among the ruins. 

8. Remember President Bill Clinton’s Cat Socks?

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The famous first cat had multiple cameo roles in television shows and video clips. Socks supposedly received more mail than the President. 

9. Have You Seen This Before?

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Both legs are spread out and the cat is flashing its junk. While this looks ridiculous, it’s actually a very comfortable position to clean themselves so just smile or laugh if you must.

10. This is Officially the Oldest Cat Video Ever

In July of 1894, a video entitled “The Boxing Cats – (Prof. Welton’s)” was filmed at Thomas Edison’s Black Maria Studio in West Orange, New Jersey.

11. The World's Largest Cat Painting Sold for $826,000

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The colossal work of art was called “My Wife’s Lovers” and painted by Austrian artist Carl Kahler around 1893. It measures 75″ x 102″, weighs 227 pounds, and features 42 beautiful felines.

12. Cat Will Dream and Sleepwalk on Rare Occasions

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You can tell a cat is dreaming by the slight movements of their paws, mouth, and tail. Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep is also visible when they’re dreaming. Some cats will wheeze or snore as well.

13. House Cats Share 96.5% DNA With Wild Tigers

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According to a recent study, Jong Bhak and his colleagues in the South Korean Everland Zoo discovered this through genome research in an effort to protect the Siberian tiger from extinction.

14. Garfield the Cat Holds a New World Record

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In 2015, Garfield, the most beloved cartoon cat in history, achieved a world record by becoming the most syndicated comic strip, appearing in 2,100 publications throughout 80 countries around the world.

15. Cats Can Predict Earthquakes

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Cats have the ability to sense earthquake tremors 10 to 15 minutes before humans because they are extremely sensitive to vibrations.

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