Cornell Feline Health Center

Cornell Feline Health Center

Dr. Bruce Kornreich
Associate Director for Education and Outreach
235 Hungerford Hill Road
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
phone: 607-253-3414
Fax: 607-253-3419

1-800-KITTYDR (1-800-548-8937)

Fun Feline Facts

Cats can make about 100 different sounds.

A group of cats is called a clowder.

The oldest known pet cat was found in a 9500 year old gravesite on the island of Cyprus

Cats are the most popular pet in North America (over 73 million).

There are approximately 40 recognized breeds of domestic cats.

A cat’s hearing is more sensitive than a dog’s.

Domestic cats can run up to 30 miles/hour for short distances.

Domestic cats can jump up to five times their own height.

The earliest ancestor of the modern cat, Proailurus (“first cat” in Greek), lived 30 million years ago.

The largest cat is the Siberian Tiger, which can be more than 12 feet long and weigh up to 700 lbs.

The smallest wild cat is the Black-footed cat, which can be less than 20 inches long and weigh as little as 2.5 lbs.

Black cats are considered to be lucky in Britain and Australia.

The oldest breed of domestic cat is the Egyptian Mau. “Mau” is, in fact, the Egyptian word for cat.

Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat flap (cat door) to prevent the comings and goings of his cat “Spithead” from interrupting his light sensitive experiments.

The Cheetah is the only cat without retractable claws.

The oldest domestic cat on record lived three days beyond her 38th birthday.

Cats spend nearly 1/3 of their waking hours grooming.

Cats usually have 12 whiskers on each side of their face.

The most popular breed of pedigreed cat is the Persian.