Getting Wild with Cats!

By Farzad Wahid, AGE 9

Credit: Photo by Alvan Nee via Unsplash

Cats are one of the most interesting species on Earth. Did you know that cats can jump up to six times their own length? Domestic cats share 95.6% of their genome with tigers. Cats are similar to tigers because they also scratch, prey play, prey stalk, pounce, chin, and urine mark. Female cats are known to be very protective, while male cats tend to be more energetic. 

Cats are known to see better in the dark than humans. Cats have about 230 bones, while humans only have 206. Not only do cats have whiskers on their faces, but on the backs of their front legs, as well. The thick, soft pads on cats’ paws enable them to sneak up on their prey. Cats have up to 100 vocalizations while dogs only have 10.

Male cats are typically left-pawed, while females are often right-pawed. Some cats can be ambidextrous, but 40% are either left- or right-pawed. Some cats can even have more than 18 toes, and they are known as “polydactyl.” 

A female cat gives birth to a litter of kittens about two months after mating with the male. Cats can sleep up to 12 to 16 hours a day and are believed to live longer when indoors. Domestic cats are carnivores. Interestingly, cats are believed to be the only mammals that cannot taste sweetness! Some cats wander freely around the city and are called feral cats.

Cats tend to avoid water because they find wet fur uncomfortable, and the extra weight slows them down. However, surprisingly, it is even possible for cats to swim! 

About 4,500 years ago ancient Egyptians worshiped cats. Given these awesome facts, I rest my case on why cats are one of the most interesting species on Earth.

Overall, cats have made significant strides to become one of America’s favorite house pets. If you enjoyed this article, perhaps it’s a sign to consider Getting Wild with a Cat!

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