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20 Fun Cat Facts to Share with Your Kids

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Last Updated on November 26, 2023 by Catster Editorial Team

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I love facts. When I was a kid, I’d spend all afternoon examining every page of the Guinness Book of World Records, and I loved perusing the World Book Encyclopedias. Yeah, I’m that old. Thank goodness for the Internet and all, but there was something extraordinarily cool about that human body section with all the transparent layers. Kids nowadays will never truly appreciate the cool simplicity of watching the nervous system magically merge with the digestive system. Good times.

My son is also a fact freak. We’ve hung out on the sofa for hours, paging through Ripley’s Believe It or Not books and animal guides. I’m so glad he and I are both curious learners, and always up for picking up cool, fun facts — especially about cats.

If you and the kids in your life also enjoy learning tidbits about our feline friends, you’re in luck! I’ve scoured the Internet (sorry, World Book), and gathered 20 great cat facts!

Top 20 Fun Cat Facts to Share with Your Kids

1. Cats sleep 16-18 hours per day

But even when they seem to be sleeping, they aren’t always “asleep.” They wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to hear a treat bag open, right?

2. Calico cats are most always female

The rare male calico cat is usually not able to breed. Who knew? Now you do.

3. Cats can jump approximately seven times their height


Image credit: Juhani Kovanen, Shutterstock


4. A group of kittens is called a kindle, and a group of cats is called a clowder

But don’t try downloading a book on your kindle of kittens because it won’t work.

5. Abraham Lincoln domesticated four cats while in the White House

Honest, and a cat guy! Maybe he should have written the Kittysburg Address.

6. Napoleon, Julius Caesar, and Charles XI were known as courageous men, but were afraid of cats

Big babies!

persian kittens in orange background_Linn Currie, Shutterstock
Image Credit: Linn Currie, Shutterstock


7. 10 percent of a cat’s bones are in his tail

Plus, a cat’s tail is a major way they communicate with us. It’s true!

8. Cats have approximately 100 vocal sounds

“Meeeee-ow!” And also, “Mee-ooooowwww!”

9. A cat’s powerful vision allows them to see light at levels six times less than what a human can see

Despite what some think, kitties cannot see in complete darkness.

man cuddling cat
Image Credit: Hans Braxmeier, Pixabay


10. A cat has 230 bones — even more than a human!

A cat’s collarbone doesn’t connect with his other bones. This allows cats to squeeze through small spaces.

11. Cats have 24 whiskers

Cat whiskers are super sensitive and help them figure out if they can fit through openings. They’re also one of the major ways they communicate. And they’re super cute.

12. Each cat’s nose pad is unique, similar to a human’s fingerprint

A nose pad is also known as “nose leather.” Did you know that?

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Image Credit: RyanMcGuire, Pixabay


13. Cats can gauge their human’s mood and often change their mood to match it

Cute and psychic!

14. A cat’s tongue contains small hooks, which help with bathing and tearing food

That’s why it feels like sandpaper when our kitties lick our arm.

15. The scientific name for hairball is “bezoar”

Interesting fact, but it’s also a great name for a cat.


16. A cat cannot see directly beneath his nose

The super vision powers do have a limit.

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Image Credit: Photographerivanova, Shutterstock

17. In ancient Egypt, humans shaved their eyebrows as a way of showing grief when a family cat had passed.

Interesting, but I think I would also grieve for my eyebrows.

18. Cats greet one another by touching noses

“Do I ‘nose’ you?”

male cat smelling female cat
Image Credit: Magui RF, Shutterstock


19. There are 73 million cats and only 63 million dogs in North American homes

Go, cats!

20. Cats can only move their jaw up and down — not side to side

Even cats with cow-printed coats can’t do it.

Do you know any fun cat facts? Share them in the comments!

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About the Author

Angie Bailey
Angie Bailey
Angie Bailey, an award-winning writer, podcaster, and humorist, is the author of Texts from Mittens and Whiskerslist: The Kitty Classifieds. She’s written cat humor for over a decade, and lives in Minneapolis with her fiancé and two cats — Phoebe, a sassy senior and Janet, a teenage kitty with tons of tortitude.

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