With a quarter of adults owning a cat and 11.1 million pet cats in the UK, it’s safe to say that we love our feline friends.
September is Happy Cat Month and to celebrate, Argos Pet Insurance have shared some interesting cat facts:
They love to snooze
Cats can sleep up to 15 hours a day to conserve their energy. That means that a fifteen-year-old cat may have spent more than 10 whole years of their life sleeping.
A cat has more than 20 muscles that control their ears. Making it much easier to find out where the sound of a food tin opening is coming from.
A meow-illionaire cat
The world’s richest cat is worth $13m! After his human passed, Tommaso inherited her estate. Let’s hope he didn’t blow it all on tuna and catnip!
A cat can jump up to six times its own height. Perfect for when you need something knocking off the top of the cupboard.
You’re kitten me
A female cat can have a litter of around seven (or more in some cases) kitten every four months. This is why it’s so important to make sure you spay or neuter your pets.
Four… eight….twelve legs
A group of adult cats is called a clowder or a glaring. A group of kittens is also known as an intrigue, a kindle or a litter.
Cats have fingerprints…sort of
The pattern on a cat’s nose is unique, just like the human fingerprint. That’s why cat burglars never get away with it.
Watch your tone
Cats can make over 100 different noises. That’s much more than dogs, who can make around 10.
The Glenturret whiskey distillery in Perthshire, Scotland was home to a record breaking cat. Towser, a long-haired tortoiseshell female, was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records after killing an estimated 28,899 mice.
Adult cats have 23 bones, 24 more than humans. The fact that cats have no collarbone helps them to fit through small gaps such as cat flaps. Cats are also flexible because of their 53 loose -fitting vertebrae. Humans have 34.