Trivia Tuesday: 15 Fascinating Feline Facts


  1. Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination.
  2. Charles A. Lindbergh left his kitten, Patsy, at home in 1927 when he made his famous transatlantic flight because it was “too dangerous a journey” to risk her life. But a kitten named Jazz crossed the Atlantic on the first dirigible flight from England to America.
  3. Bouhaki, the earliest cat name on record, dates back to Egyptian writings of 2000 B.C. In the hieroglyphs of that period, bou signifed “house” and “hak” was the symbol for “divine ruler.”
  4. In ancient Egypt, entire families were forced by law to shave their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when the family cat died.
  5. There are approximately 60,000 hairs per square inch on the back of a cat and about 120,000 per square inch on its underside.
  6. The largest litter ever documented was produced by a Burmese/Siamese mother. There were 19 kittens in the litter.
  7. Besides smelling with their noses, cats can smell with an additional organ called the vomeronasal organ (or Jacobson’s organ), located in the upper surface of the mouth
  8. Sir Isaac Newton is credited with the invention of the cat flap-door.
  9. Cat’s ears can be rotated because they are connected to thirty (30) muscles. There are only six (6) muscles connecting human ears – we can’t rotate ours. [More info on the cat’s ears]
  10. The first modern cat show, featuring two dozen show classes, was held in London in 1871.
  11. At top speed, a domestic cat can run over 30 mph.
  12. A cat named Towser eliminated 28,899 mice while she was employed by the Glenturret Distillery near Crieff, Tayside, Scotland.
  13. Every cat’s nose pad, or nose leather, has unique characteristics. Just as no two humans have the same fingerprints, it’s a fact that no two feline noseprints are ever alike.
  14. Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
  15. Back in the late 1940s in Buenos Aires, a black female cat climbed a 40 foot tree where she resided for six years. Her name was Mincha and she wasn’t lonely for companionship. She had three litters while living in the tree. The local Argentinians fed her by putting her food on poles.

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