Ancient Egyptians were the first civilisation to realise the cats potential
as a vermin hunter. They tamed cats to protect the corn supplies that their
lives depended on.
There are now over 100 million cats in the Western world and over 100 recognised breeds. Some pedigree breeds are natural breeds but others are the result of breeding.
In the UK and USA there are more cats kept as pets than dogs and 35% of households with cats have two or more.
Female cats reach sexual maturity between 6-10 months of age and male cats between 9-12 months. A cat's pregnancy lasts 62-65 days from conception to delivery and the average litter is 2-6 kittens.
The average life span for an outside cat is only 3-5 years, whereas an indoor cat can live for 16 years or more. Their life expectancy has doubled over the last fifty years.
Cats have more bones than human beings, humans have 205 and cats have 230. They have 4 toes on their front paws and 5 toes on their back paws. An adult cat has 30 teeth, 16 at the top and 14 at the bottom.
The cats hearing is far more sensitive than humans or dogs and they can see six times better than humans in the dark. Their tails are used to maintain balance.
Domestic cats can run at speeds of 30 mph and did you know that they sleep on average for 16 hours a day?
Although we always assume that a cat is happy when purring, they also purr loudly if in pain or distress.
The reason you sometimes see cats eating grass is that it helps to aid their digestion and also helps them to get rid of any fur in their stomach.
Whilst we often associate cats with drinking milk, it can in fact, give some cats diarrhoea.
All cats need taurine in their diet to avoid blindness, they also need fat in their diets, as they cannot produce their own.
A little known fact is that Sir Isaac Newton is credited with inventing the cap flap!