5 Facts About Cats You (Probably) Never Knew

PetMD Editorial
Updated: May 16, 2017
Published: August 03, 2009
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Meow Monday


It’s Monday and that means it’s meow time. Today, we have some fun and interesting facts about cats you most probably never knew. So read on and afterwards, impress all your friends with your newfound knowledge of cats.

#5 Windows to the Soul

A swishing tail is not the only way to tell the mood of your cat. Watch the eyes. If her pupils are large then she’s either scared or excited about something (if you’re holding fish or some other delicious treat, it’s probably the latter). But if her pupils are narrow slits then watch out -- she’s angry.

#4 Feather-Weight Champion of the World

The world’s smallest cat is the Singapura. This tiny kitty from Southeast Asia usually weighs in at no more than four pounds, which might be light enough for a career on the catwalk (no pun intended).

#3 Vocally Gifted

While you shouldn't be holding your breath for a hit song from a cat anytime soon (though you never know with YouTube mania), there is a reason why cats are so talkative: their ability to make over 100 different sounds. Dogs, on the other hand, can make only 10 different vocalizations.

#2 Fear and Loathing ... But Also Love

Both Julius Caesar and Napoleon were scared of cats! But not Abraham Lincoln. He loved them, and had four cats during his time as president.

#1 Working Hard for the Money

In 1879, Belgium came up with the idea to use cats to deliver their mail. This didn’t last long, though, as the 37 feline mail carriers proved to be too undisciplined to carry out the job. You have to give them credit for trying. Cats just don’t believe in working. That’s for peasants (ask any cat).

So there you have it. Five fun and interesting cat facts.

Meow! It’s Monday.