5 Fun Cat Facts & Stats

Did you know?

  1. In the United States, more than 90 million cats live in 45 million households, with most living their entire lives indoors. Thousands of tons of cat poop and about ten thousand cubic yards of cat pee are collected in litter boxes every day.
  1. All cats lap to drink water at exactly the rate of 3.5 times per second. If they drink slower, the column of water they’re lapping up collapses from gravity. If they drink too fast, the amount of water collected isn’t enough to enable them to satisfy their thirst. The drinking process has to be very precise to quench their thirst. In fact, because of this, all cats drink at the exact same rate and speed! They’ve perfected the act of drinking to be the perfect harmony of water collection, speed, and neatness, unlike dogs!
  1. The bad small from cat pee comes from the evolutionary need to mark territory. Special chemicals that are created in the kidneys are present, which react with a cat’s unique biological bacteria to help the urine stay powerful and long pasting. That’s why kitten pee doesn’t smell as bad as adult cat pee, especially adult male cats! NonScents cat litter deodorizer is great for cutting through these tough smells!
  1. Milk, contrary to popular belief, can actually upset a cat’s stomach. Cats have some degree of lactose intolerance just like humans, and their bodies produce less lactase to digest lactose once they’re finished weaning. For a healthy treat that’s easier on their tummy, try a small piece of cooked fish or deli meat.
  1. Cats always land on their feet, and this awesome phenomenon actually has its own name in the world of physics – The “Cat Righting Reflex.” Using their unusually flexible spine (no tail required), cats determine their orientation using their inner ear and will twist in midair. They become horizontal at the highest velocity, then orient their feet toward the ground before landing. Amazing!