Cat Time - 21 Cool Cat Facts To Share With Kids

Posted on 23 August, 2021

Photo by Alexandr Popadin on Unsplash

Written by Julia for Cat Time

Kids love cat facts, and cat-loving adults do, too! Did you know that cats who fall five stories have a 90 percent survival rate? Do you know how fast a cat can run or how high they can jump?

Introducing kids to pets is a useful and important way to teach them to respect animals. Starting out with some cool, interesting cat facts can spark a lifetime of curiosity and care for felines. January is Brain Teaser Month, which is a perfect time to tease your brain with some fun tidbits about kitties!

Here are 21 interesting cat facts that kids — and grown-ups — may not know that can further immerse them in the feline world!

  1. The average cat sleeps 16 to 18 hours per day.

  2. Calico cats are almost always female.

  3. Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour

  4. A male cat is called a “Tom” and a female cat is called a “Queen.”

  5. Cats can make more than 100 different vocal sounds

  6. An adult cat has 30 adult teeth.

  7. A cat can jump approximately seven times their height.

  8. Cats cannot taste anything sweet.

  9. A cat's sense of smell is approximately 14 times greater than that of a human.

  10. A group of kittens is called a kindle; a group of adult cats is called a clowder.

  11. Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw. Some cats have extra toes and are called "polydactyl" cats.

  12. Cats who fall five stories have a 90 percent survival rate.

  13. A cat's whiskers aren't just for show--they help cats detect objects and navigate in the dark.

  14. A female cat carries her kittens for about 58 to 65 days before they are born.

  15. Cats cannot see in complete darkness, only at low light levels.

  16. Humans greet each other by shaking hands; cats greet one another by touching their noses together.

  17. Cats can get tapeworm from eating mice.

  18. Most cats are lactose intolerant and should not be given cow's milk.

  19. Cats knead with their paws when they are happy.

  20. Cats have sandpaper-like tongues that they use to clean and groom themselves.

  21. Unlike humans, cats only sweat through their paws. This is why you may see them leave moist paw prints in the summer time!

Do you have an interesting fact about cats of your own? What are your favourite cat facts? Let Julia and Cat Time know in their comment section on their original article:


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