15 Basic Cat Facts You'd Be Surprised People Don't Know
15 Basic Cat Facts You'd Be Surprised People Don't Know

They steal our hearts and run our lives, but how much do you know about your cat? You might consider yourself an ace at all things cat, but you’d be surprised by how much people don’t know when it comes to our feline friends. They’re complicated creatures, that’s for sure. That’s why we compiled a list of the most basic–but most important–cat facts that everyone should know. It doesn’t matter if you’re owned by a clowder of kittens or admire kitties from afar, you’ll want to memorize these cat facts and share them with your friends.

How many of these cat facts do you know?

1# Cats sleep A LOT.

They’re called cat naps for a reason, people. The average cat sleeps 16-18 hours PER DAY. When you do the math, that means cats spend about 70% of their lives asleep. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? But the thing about cats is they love snoozing during the day, but their most active times are at dawn and dusk. That’s why your cat decides to do random sprints down the hallway at 4 AM.

2# Cats have three eyelids.

While humans have a lower and upper eyelid, cats have a bonus third eyelid. Its technical name is the nictitating membrane. It moves diagonally across the eye starting from its corner. This third eyelid moves faster than the other two and is more efficient at clearing debris from the eye. So when your cat is ready to pounce on a catnip mouse, it can use that third eyelid to keep dust and other small particles from obstructing the view.

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