14 Cat Facts That Get Our Purr Motor Running

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14 Cat Facts That Get Our Purr Motor Running

Here at Cracked.com, we are cat people. No offense to dogs — it just makes more sense with the majority of us being based in small New York apartments. Cats are the most popular pet in the world, and somehow cat owners end up wrongfully stereotyped. Who wouldn’t go full ‘crazy cat lady’ over those head butts and teeny tiny beans? The internet is full of cat videos for a good reason: people love and are fascinated by the mystery of cats. From the Ancient Egyptians to Lincoln to Taylor Swift, they've been a part of history. They domesticated themselves and coaxed us into loving them along the way. 

So, with no further ado, here are some cat facts. Move aside, Jackson Galaxy. There’s a new Cat Daddy in town and their name is Cracked.com’s Editorial Staff. Just kidding …we could never dethrone you. But here are still some finger-licking feline factoids.

The oldest cat to give birth was 30 years old

CRACKED.COM The oldest cat to give birth was 30 years old Her name was Kitty, and she gave birth to two kittens. She had a total of 218 kittens in her lifetime. She died at 32 years old, a young mother and also probably a great-great-great-great-great grandmother.

Source: Newsweek

CRACKED.COM Young kittens need help pooping Kittens under a month old need to be stimulated from their mother's tongue to help poo. It's gross what parents will do out of love.

Like dogs, cats can be securely bonded to their humans

CRACKED.COM Like dogs, cats can be securely bonded to their humans One study showed that cats can form both secure and insecure bonds with caretakers. A researcher said, The majority of cats are securely attached to their owner and use them as a source of security in a novel environment.

Source: ScienceDaily

Cats purr even when they're not happy

CRACKED.COM Cats purr even when they're not happy Purring may be a way for cats to self-soothe, so they may also purr when they are in stressful situations. It may also even have bone-healing qualities.

Source: WIRED

Most animals prefer to work for their food... except for cats

CRACKED.COM Most animals prefer to work for their food... except for cats, Animal behaviorists were surprised that given the option between performing a task for a meal and just being given a meal, cats took a free lunch. Birds, rodents, wolves, and primates all prefer the task.

Source: ScienceDaily

Cats can recognize their owner's voices

CRACKED.COM Cats can recognize their owner's voices In one study, cats showed that they do in fact recognize their owner's voice over strangers but choose to ignore it. Gotta respect an independent feline.

Source: Gizmodo

Kittens can have kittens

CRACKED.COM Kittens can have kittens Four-month-old kittens can have kittens. Tragic! In the wise words of Bob Barker, get your pet spayed or neutered! And get feral cats in your neighborhood TNR-ed (trapped, neutered, and released) if they don't already have a clipped ear.

Source: RSPCA

Kittens in the same litter can have different dads

CRACKED.COM Kittens in the same litter can have different dads In something called heteropaternal superfecundation, a mama cat can be impregnated by more than one male, which is how kittens can look so different than their littermates. A paternity scandal that is worthy of Maury.

Source: PopSci

Cats are crepuscular

CRACKED.COM Cats are crepuscular Cats are most active during dawn and dusk. Instead of calling this being fans of Twilight, which would be funnier, zoologists picked a harder-to-remember word.

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