Cat Facts

Bengal cat Kopa dancing
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Above: Bengal cat KOPA dancing balletically while being photographed. Photograph Helmi Flick

Please note: this page is more than about plain facts. There is plenty of opinion. This page has a narrative that includes links and there are just free-standing links. The truth is that the whole site is choc-a-bloc full of facts so this page is just a reservoir for some more.

Introductory note: It is a long page. It has been divided up into smaller pages to ensure that it loads quickly.

As a result, the contents links no longer work but I have left because they provide information on how the page has been organised. At the base of each page there is pagination – links to the other pages.

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Above: Serval giving birth – see serval reproduction and development.

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Are Cat Facts, Facts? There is often good reason to avoid so called ‘cat facts’. There are many websites that confidently proclaim a pile of cat facts without source reference but how accurate are they? Here are two examples. The www.xmission.com website says that the Maine Coon is,”America’s only natural breed of domestic feline…” I think this is incorrect.

The Maine Coon was imported into America as a long-haired Angora type cat with the pilgrims and developed from that start (MC history). The American Shorthair had a similar start being developed from shorthaired cats that came with the pilgrims so it can claim the same distinction (see its history). Although it has to be admitted that even these are not necessarily “fact”. It may be the case that the Vikings brought over the forerunner to the Norwegian Forest cat thousands of years earlier! So fact is more about opinion and conjecture.

The same site says that the Maine Coon cat is, “4 to 5 times larger than the Singapura…” This is also untrue, in my opinion. The Singapura is the world’s smallest cat breed, yes, and the Maine Coon is the largest non-wildcat hybrid cat breed. But the Singapura weights about 6.5 lbs on average and the Maine Coon weighs about 15.5 lbs on average. On that basis the Maine Coon is 2.4 times heavier and therefore almost certainly not 4-5 times larger.

There are no definitive statistics available on purebred cat size. Size is compared through measurement of weight. I could go on and on. For this reason I also express some opinion on this page and in the linked pages. There is another reason to be cautious with cat facts. Quite a lot of information is in a state of flux. Examples of topics in the cat world that are unsettled and evolving are:

Facts about cats that are consensually agreed as true (except for some!)

7 thoughts on “Cat Facts”

  1. I like your article, but I need to clarify these facts:

    “A cat’s eyes are much larger than ours in relation to the head – ours would be 8 inches in diameter if they were the same size.”

    maybe 8cm, as a human head, to contain two 8in eyes, should be at least 16in wide!

    “20 million cats in the USA have their toes amputated to please their owners”

    I’m pretty sure this number is wrong… I HOPE!

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    • Thanks for that, Andrea. I think this might be a typo! However, the information comes from Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook. To quote:

      The eyes of cat are unusually large. In fact, if humans has an eye of comparable size, it would measure almost 8 inches (20cm) in diameter.

      Diameter is the distance across the eye. I think the complication is this. The vet authors are referring to the size of the eye in relation to the size of the head and face. However, I believe they are wrong and you are nearer the truth. I would have thought our eyes would be about twice the diameter is we had cat-like eyes which is even less than 8 cms, more like 4 cms maximum. Anyway, I’ll leave a note next to the fact to refer to these comments.

      The 20 million figure is correct I am afraid or it is close to that figure. Lots of people in the USA declaw their cats.

      It is estimated that 25% of owned cats in the United States are declawed (Patronek 2001)

      There are about 85 million domestic cats in homes in the USA so that makes over 20 million are declawed.

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  2. Your “facts” page is humorous. The things that you include as “facts”, such as the “best” foods is laughable. Its too bad that you take such liberties as this could be a really good source but instead it is a display of your vanity. As there are so many areas where you substitute your own opinion for fact, the reader is left not being able to trust any of the statements here.

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    • Thanks for the comment. At the top of the page I say the page is about facts and opinion. At the top of the page I list hard facts. What are facts? I think you need to answer that question because a lot of so called facts on the internet are not facts. At least I am being honest in declaring at the beginning that I am giving my opinion.

      Also I do provide a lot of facts because a lot of the posts are based on top quality sources and on most pages I quote the sources. Who does that other than Wikipedia? I really don’t know what you are getting at. The site is packed full of facts. You are referring to one page out of 7,000! What are you talking about?

      Update: I have just reminded myself what is on this page as it was written about 4 years ago and I can honestly say that you are talking a lot of mumbo jumbo. There are piles of facts and on the site generally there are tons more. And I don’t have any vanity. I do have the courage to criticise when it is justified. Perhaps you are one person I have indirectly criticised.

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