International Cat Day 2023: History, Significance & 21 Mind-Blowing Facts About Felines

International Cat Day 2023: Every year, on August 6, International Cat Day is celebrated worldwide. The day promotes cat adoption and recognizes the companionship cats provide.

Twinkle Updated: Aug 8 2023 09:37 IST

Interesting facts about cats

Interesting facts about cats

International Cat Day 2023: International Cat Day is celebrated on August 8 all over the world. The day was started by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002. Its goal is to improve the health and well-being of domestic cats.

This article will help you to know some of the amazing facts related to felines. Take a look below:

International Cat Day 2023: 21 interesting facts about cats

  1. According to famous Hebrew folklore, God created a pair of cats from a lion’s sneeze. It was Noah who prayed for help in protecting the food supplies from rodents.
  2. A cat cannot put its head first while climbing down a tree. They prefer to go downwards, in the direction of their claws.
  3. The popularity of cats can be easily understood by the difference in the number of cat and dog owners. So there are about 88 million domestic cats and 75 million dogs, just in the United States.
  4. Due to an unusual genetic mutation that affects taste receptors, cats cannot taste sweet things.
  5. People in Japan believe that cats are temporary resting places for powerful and spiritual people.
  6. Europe introduced cats to America as a form of pest control in the 1750s.
  7. Blackie is popular as the richest cat in the world. According to Guinness World Records, his owner Ben Rea left him a fortune of 12.5 million dollars.
  8. Cats have been humans’ best companions since 3600 B.C. C., more than 2000 years before the ancient Egyptians.
  9. And the Egyptian Mau is one of the oldest cat breeds.
  10. The oldest cat video showing ‘Boxing Cats’ dates from 1894.
  11. Cats, compared to humans, have 53 loose vertebrae, making them super flexible.
  12. Cats can drink seawater! Their kidneys are capable of filtering salt from water, something humans cannot do.
  13. Cats can make more than 100 different sounds.
  14. A cat’s tongue has 473 taste buds!
  15. Stubbs, an orange tabby, was mayor of the small Alaskan town of Talkeetna for 20 years.
  16. Stewie, a Maine Coon, held the record for the world’s longest cat at 48.5 inches.
  17. Arcturus held the title of being the tallest cat, standing at a staggering 19.05 inches tall.
  18. Felicette, commonly known as “Astrocat”, was the first and only cat to travel to space on October 18, 1963.
  19. Creme Puff, who was born on August 3, 1967, was the oldest cat of all time. After 38 years and 3 days of spreading love, he passed away on August 6, 2005.
  20. Cats can jump six times higher than them.
  21. A cat’s nose is made up of a distinctive pattern of ridges that closely resemble the individual ridges on a human finger.

Happy International Cat Day to all cat lovers!

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