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Even though countless Americans are cat owners there are so many interesting facts about cats that you probably haven’t heard of. Take a look at this list of cat facts from Purina!

  • The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago
  • In terms of development, the first year of a cat’s life is equal to the first 15 years of a human life. After its second year, a cat is 25 in human years. And after that, each year of a cat’s life is equal to about 7 human years.
  • Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees.
  • The hearing of the average cat is at least five times keener than that of a human adult.
  • In the largest cat breed, the average male weighs approximately 20 pounds.
  • Domestic cats spend about 70 percent of the day sleeping. And 15 percent of the day grooming.
  • A cat cannot see directly under its nose.
  • Most cats have no eyelashes.
  • It’s not uncommon, though, for cats to have extra toes. The cat with the most toes known had 32—eight on each paw!
  • Some believe that if you dream about a white cat, good luck will follow.
  • Meows are not innate cat language—they developed them to communicate with humans!
  • The record for the longest cat ever is 48.5 inches
  • Isaac Newton invented the cat door
  • House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers