We know that cats are cute, cuddly creatures, but there are some interesting funny facts about cats that you may not know!
If you’re a cat-loving trivia buff, you’re in for a special treat today!
We’ve sorted through hundreds of cat facts to find the 13 funniest and most interesting that we’re betting you didn’t know!
Read on to check them out, then tell me your favorite funny cat facts!
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Funny Facts About Cats
1. They were worshiped in Ancient Egypt
Have you ever heard the saying, “Cats were once worshiped in Ancient Egypt, and they’ve never forgotten this!”
Well, it’s true! Bast was an ancient Egyptian goddess, more specifically, the Goddess of Cats and Protection.
She was the most worshiped cat, featuring the body of a female and the head of a cat.
2. They’ve even found their way into Hebrew legend!
According to Hebrew legend, Noah asked God for help with the rats that were eating the food on the ark.
In response, God made one of the lions on the ark sneeze and out of his nose came a cat!
3. Cats of Disneyland
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After all the guests have left for the day, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, sees about 200 stray cats at night. These cats are all in charge of the park’s pest control population.
4. Cats spend a lot of time purring!
According to the popular Cat Fancy Magazine, a cat purrs about 10,950 hours throughout their lifetime. Considering cats have an average lifespan of 15 years, that is about 730 hours of purring each year!
5. These cats in Russia have their own press secretary!
The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is home to 74 cats, known as the Hermitage cats. These cats have three human caretakers as well as their own press secretary and kitchen staff. The cats are in charge of roaming the museum and helping to deter mice.
6. A cat by any other name is still a cat
In English, we use the word cat, but it has other names in different languages. In French, it is called Chat; in German, Katze; in Spanish, Gato; in Greek, Yata; in Russian, Kowka and in Japanese, Neko.
7. We have them beat when it comes to taste
While cats have heightened sense like smell, sight and hearing, taste is one of their worst senses.
Humans have about 9,000 taste buds on their tongue, but cats only have 470 taste buds.
8. Lives vary by country
In countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Russia and China, cats are said to have 9 lives.
However, that number is less in other countries. Cats are said to have 7 lives in Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain and 6 lives in Turkey.
9. They make horrible mail carriers!
In the 1870’s, the city of Liege, Belgium, hired 37 cats to deliver the mail. Of course, this didn’t last long as most of the cats took up to 24 hours to get the mail delivered.
10. I’ll take one clowder of cats, please!
Just like a group of dogs makes up a pack, a group of cats is known as a clowder.
11. Cat hairballs= ancient remedy for poison?
A cat’s hairball is called a bezoar. Harry Potter fans know that term well, as it’s what saved Ron after was accidentally poisoned by Slughorn’s mead!
Rowling didn’t make up this magical cure. Bezoars were once thought of as antidotes to poisoning by ancient cultures.
12. They have a wider singing range than dogs
If you’ve ever heard your cat serenade you at 3AM, you know they definitely have quite a vocal range. In fact, they make about 10 times as many sounds as dogs, 100 to 10.
13. You really do want to cross paths with a black cat!
It seems fitting to end at #13 with this interesting bit of folklore that debunks the myth that black cats are unlucky.
See, in Britain, Japan, Australia, and many other parts of the world (aside from North America) they’re actually considered good luck!
Bonus Cat Trivia: Famous & Record-Breaking Cats
Just for fun, let’s talk about a couple of the most famous and record-breaking cats, too! These aren’t really funny facts about cats in general so much as funny facts about specific cats.
Ludo the Large
The world’s largest domestic cat is a Maine Coon named Ludo.
Ludo lives in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England with owner Kelsey Gill. He measures a length of 3 feet, 10.59 inches.
That is the average height of a 6-year-old child!
Tomasso the Millionaire
Tomasso, was a stray cat on the streets of Rome, Italy until she was taken in by the widow of a real estate tycoon, Maria Assunta.
When Maria died in November of 2011, she left her entire $13 million estate to Tomasso.
Stubbs the Mayor
Stubbs the Cat was the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 20 years, from July 18, 1997 until his death on July 21, 2017.
Stubbs was born in Talkeetna on April 12, 1997.
Towser the Mouser
Towser the Cat, a female long-haired Tortoiseshell cat, lived in the Glenturret Distillery in Perthshire, Scotland.
She was the distillery’s pest control expert for 24 years, from 1963 to 1987. In those 24 years, Towser caught a total of 28,899 mice.
That’s an average of 100 mice per month!