10 Crazy Things About Cats That You Probably Didn’t Know About

by cyra - on Apr 19th 2012 - 11 Comments

The word cat is a loan translation (borrowed) from Latin cattus. The cat is a carnivorous animal and is usually kept as a pet. It was a symbol of liberty and freedom in Ancient Rome and Egypt. Cats possess amazing features. From sharp ability to see in dark to the ability to catch their prey like leopards, cats have a whole world of remarkable characteristics hidden in them. Let us explore some facts or cats behaviour problems about this creature that you probably didn’t know. Below are 10 Crazy Things About Cats That You Probably Didn’t Know About.

10. Cats can die from eating chocolate:

chocolate cat

Methylxanthines is a medication that causes the body to lose fluids. It is found in chocolate. It also causes the heart to race and thus is poisonous for cats. If your cat consumes chocolate accidentally, take it to the vet immediately.

9. Cats can purr at the frequency of a diesel engine:

purr cat
The cats can purr at a frequency equivalent to that of a diesel engine. This means around 26 purrs per second. Usually the purring indicates gratification but it can also refer to being in pain.

8. Lack of taurine can blind your cat:

blind cat
Taurine is an organic acid that the cat requires in their food. Dogs can produce their own Taurine but cats can’t. Prolonged deficiency of Taurine can cause blindness in your kitty. Relax; it’s present in the cat food.

7. Cats are clean drinkers and eaters:

clean cat
If you have lost your cutlery and your cat’s bowl is the only choice, you can eat in its bowl. It’s clean. However in case of dog, better wash it several times. According to a study, a cat uses the tip of its tongue to pull water upward, closing its jaws before gravity pulls the column of liquid back toward earth.

6. Cat has five toes on front paw and four toes on rear:

A cat usually has five toes on its front paw and four on its back. But Polydactyl cats have six toes on the front paw. Cats file their nails by removing the outer layer through scratching but Polydactyl cats can’t do so which makes them more prone to nail infections.

5. Cats are oblivious of scolding:

oblivious cat
Scolding your cat is a futile effort. They won’t understand that you are admonishing them. However they can somewhat understand a “NO.” It’s funny because its a sign of the stubbornness in them :P

4. They may love too much:

cat missing
According to behavior experts, cats may experience anxiety when separated from the person they like. That’s the reason cats become demanding and sometimes pee on your clothes or even lose weight.

3. Cats don’t always need milk:

kitty milk
Cats are lactose intolerant i.e. they can’t tolerate the sugar in the milk. Although the kittens can take small amounts of milk, adult cats can’t. Thus milk intake can cause in them diarrhea and vomiting.

2. Smoking can kill them:

smoking cat
Cigarette smoke can cause allergic reaction in cats. Passive smoking can make the cats more prone to malignant lymphona i.e. cancer.

1. Cat doesn’t meow at other cat:

A cat never meows at other cats, rather it purrs or hisses. It only meows at humans. However it’s not a hard and fast fact. Cats may be seen meowing at other cats too but rarely.


About the Author

Cyra is a student of Mass Communication at Nust Business School. An avid writer and tech geek. As a hobby I love arts and crafts as well as blogging. I am also working as a Publications officer for Youth Club (A non-profit welfare organization for Youth).

11 Comments on "10 Crazy Things About Cats That You Probably Didn’t Know About"

  1. Ligia Archila Serrano April 20, 2012 at 4:54 am -

    Qué belleza de gatos, lástima que no pusieron a Gardfield, ese gato travieso, cínico, haragán, comilón, ASTUTO. ME ENCANTA.

  2. Asif December 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm -

    most of these are incorrect and you are an idiot.

    • Gaella January 4, 2013 at 4:59 am -

      Someone is not an idiot for not knowing something. Someone is an idiot for calling someone so and not helping them further their knowledge. Why not tell the author exactly what’s incorrect with their article instead of insulting them and saying something that’s not helping anybody?

      • hello June 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm -

        if Asif wanted to rewrite an article about cats, he probably would’ve chosen a life of luxury being a freelance feline writer. Your comment is valid, however someone crosses the idiot threshold when they write and publish their incorrect facts, and try to pass them off as legitimate

  3. Tee January 2, 2013 at 12:17 am -

    Taurine is an organic acid, not an amino acid. Just thought you should know.

    • admin January 2, 2013 at 1:14 am -

      Thanks, I fixed it now on the posting.

  4. bob January 4, 2013 at 11:07 pm -

    Cat sucks…..

  5. Kay January 21, 2013 at 11:32 pm -

    chocolate isn’t as bad for them as it is for dogs, my cat has eaten chocolate numerous times and has never gotten sick (although I wouldn’t recommend purposely feeding them chocolate), and I’ve seen my other cat meowing at the neighbours cat many times.

  6. Leap February 15, 2013 at 4:02 am -

    This article states that you could eat from a cats bowl because they are clean eaters and drinkers unlike dogs. The is untrue; cats and dogs use the same method for drinking and I would not dare eat from my cats bowl because they make a habit of stepping in the food bowl.
    Polydactyl cats do not necessarily have six toes on their front paws, they simply have more than five on the front paws and more than four on the back, The record for the cat with the most toes had a total of 27. A polydactyl cat is not more prone to infections because scratching keeps claws sharp but has no effect on infections, otherwise the claws on the back paws of all cats would be prone to infection.
    If a cat is peeing on your clothing and losing weight it probably does not miss you, these together are signs of digestive problems, this cat should be taken to a vet. If a cat is peeing on your bed you should clean the litter box more often or try a different kind of litter because your cat is either sick is has a problem with the litter box.
    Cats like milk because it has a high fat content. Small amounts of milk can be a nice treat for your cat.

  7. NedNoD February 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm -

    Are you kidding? Two of my cats meow at each other constantly! They mostly chirp and purr at each other, but when one loses the other when playing, they will both meow until they find each other.

    Most of these are mostly true with a bit of misinformation strewn in there. Meh. Not sure about the “peeing on things and losing weight” part- those are signs of kidney infections and something more sinister than “just missing my hooman”. Peeing on the bed is more or less either a sign of dominance or a sign of “hey, I’m really feeling ill, and I am getting your attention the only way that I know how”.

    Most cats beyond kittenhood are lactose intolerant to cow’s milk, but not kitten milk replacer. I know all 4 of mine get the most cruel gas ever if they get milk (but not runny stools).

  8. sallad August 20, 2013 at 3:59 am -

    CAT FACT # 11. Cats are stupid and disgusting animals!

  9. danielle October 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm -

    CAT FACT #12 – Cats know that sallad is a stupid and disgusting animal! :)

  10. KC November 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm -

    cats DO meow at each other