Who knew cats could have an entire day dedicated to themselves? International Cat Day is celebrated every year on August 8. In 2002, the International Fund for Animal Welfare first created this day to raise awareness about cats and learn ways to help and protect them.

Let us take a look at 10 uncommon facts about our feline friends in order to understand them a bit better.

Earthquake detectors

Cats are said to be highly sensitive to vibrations. Due to this reason, they are able to detect earthquakes and tremors 10 to 15 minutes prior to human beings.

Richie Rich Cat

Blackie is considered to be the richest cat in the world according to the Guinness world record. The cat inherited an estate worth $13 million when his owner Ben Rea died in 1988. Ben refused to recognise his family in his will and named everything after the cat. Blackie died on August 22, 2020.

A Mayor Cat

Stubbs, an orange tabby cat, remained mayor of a small town named Talkeetna, in Alaska for 20 years. Stubbs was elected by the residents as the mayor in 1997. The cat had several uncontested elections and did not hold any legislative power. He died in 2016, at the age of 20.

Cat in space?

On 18th October 1963, a French cat named Felicette, also known as Astrocat, was the first and only cat to go to space. She launched atop a Veronique AG1 rocket and flew nearly 100 miles above the earth. 15 minutes later, she returned to earth safely by parachuting down in her space capsule.

Sweet blind

Cats can be called sweet blind and are believed to be the only mammals who do not taste sweetness. They lack the receptor for sweetness.

Extra organ

Cats possess an extra organ that allows them to taste scents in the air. This is the reason why you might find cats staring at you with their mouths open from time to time.

Cat vocabulary

Cats can have different sets of vocalisations, purrs and behaviours. They have a unique vocabulary with their owner. They are known to have up to 100 distinct vocalizations while dogs only have 10.

Purring heals

Cats can heal themselves by purring. A domestic cat’s purr has a frequency between 25 and 150 Hz. This is the same frequency at which muscles and bones grow and repair themselves the best.

Newton’s invention

When Newton was working on his experiments at the University of Cambridge, he was constantly interrupted by his cats scratching at the door. He called the Cambridge carpenter and asked him to saw two holes in the door, one for the mother cat and one for the kitten. This led to the invention of the cat door or cat flap. One can still find the holes at the university.

Mourning, eyebrows?

If the pet cat dies, people in ancient Egypt used to shave their eyebrows in mourning. Sometimes the cats were mummified and then placed in tombs along with their owners.

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