6 Interesting Facts about Cats

6 Interesting Facts about Cats

About 32 million American households have at least one cat, making felines the second-most popular pet in the country---ranking behind their canine counterparts, but well ahead of the third-place finisher, fish. Cats are believed to have first been domesticated in the Near East, nearly 10,000 years ago. Since then, they have become a popular pet all over the globe. Here are six fun facts about cats.

Space Cat

Felicette, a French cat, was launched into space via a rocket in 1963. Fortunately, Felicette didn't even have to use one of her nine lives to safely return to Earth, as she made a successful parachute landing.

Black Cats as a Sign of Good Luck

No one really knows for sure why black cats came to be associated with bad luck. But there are now parts of the world where black cats are symbols of good luck. In Japan, it is widely believed that black cats are good luck for single women. And in parts of England, a black cat is traditionally given to new brides as a good omen for their marriage.

Ailurophiles and Ailurophobes

If you're a cat lover, you can be accurately described as an "ailurophile." This comes from the Greek word for cat, ailouros. And, as you probably guessed, if you have a fear of cats, then you're an "ailurophobe."

Disney Cats

At Disneyland, there are about 200 feral cats that roam the premises and have the job of hunting rodents. In return for their service, Disneyland provides the cats with medical care and food.

Old Creme Puff

Creme Puff, a cat who lived in Austin, TX, was the oldest documented cat to have ever lived. She lived to the ripe old age of 38 years and 3 days. Jake Perry, who raised Creme Puff, attributes her longevity to a diet of dry cat food supplemented with eggs, turkey bacon, broccoli, and even coffee with cream.

Most Cats Don't Love Catnip

Over half of cats don't actually respond to catnip. Though scientists don't fully understand why some cats go wild for catnip, it is understood that a love of catnip is hereditary.

If your cat needs veterinary care, be sure to visit a reputable clinic. For a veterinarian in Medley and Miami, FL, contact the experts at Animal General Hospital at (786) 288-5736. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

Posted: February 11, 2021