5 Cat Facts that Could Change Your Thinking

There’s never a dull day when you have a cat…

They continue to amaze us on a daily basis with their quirks, habits, and behavior, just when we think we know our cats, they do something to surprise us.

Even having a blog about cats, I still find out new things all of the time that ‘wow’ me regarding our feline friends.

I came across these 5 cat facts and I just had to share them with you!

Did you know?

Cats cannot taste sweetness

A cat with a sweet tooth does not exist!

In fact, cats are the only known mammal without the genes to detect a sweet taste.

There’s an actual term for this and it’s called ‘sweet blind’.

It was long suspected by scientists but it is now a fact that cats do not have the receptors to detect a sweet taste.

Cats have a unique pattern on their noses

If you’ve been close enough to your cat’s face to notice, you may have seen a bumpy texture on the skin of your cat’s nose.

Did you know that this is totally unique? It’s one of a kind, like a snowflake or a fingerprint. No two cats have the same pattern on their nose.

I wonder if this has ever been used to identify a cat? Hmm…

This pattern of bumps and ridges is known as a ‘nose print’.

Most cats are lactose intolerant

What!? So we shouldn’t give cats milk?

Well, according to studies, most cats have an allergy to lactose which can cause a lot of pain and discomfort for our furry friends.

Being lactose intolerant means that you have an inability to digest the sugar in lactose. This is the main sugar that can be found in dairy products like milk and cheese.

Cats love fat and the reason why cats are attracted to dairies like milk and cheese is the fat content.

It’s probably a good idea to keep your cat dairy-free.

Cats can drink salt water

Just so you know, it’s not advised to give your cat salt water but your cat does have the ability to drink it unlike us.

Cats can filter salt water through their kidneys but a cat would only drink salt water if need be. High quantities of salt water can still be harmful.

Cats are nearsighted

Cats struggle to see objects that are far away.

The nearsightedness of a cat is beneficial for hunting and capturing prey.

Cats cannot focus on anything less than a foot in front of them due to the size of their eyes.

Their whiskers can be used to make up for the inability to focus on things that are very close to them.

My final thoughts

I find these facts fascinating and every time I learn something new about cats, it opens up a new world to explore and it also changes the way I look at Coco our black shorthaired cat.

I think some of these facts are important for all cat lovers to know to better understand their cats and also look after them in the best way possible.

I recently wrote a blog on how cat owners may benefit from having a cat relating to their mental health which can be read here…

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Lee Harris

NOTE: Some of the content on this website has been created with the use of artificial intelligence (AI). I'm a Brit living in the sunny Canary Islands with my beautiful wife and my wonderful black cat called Coco. I love to blog, build businesses, look after my body, and enjoy nature...
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