Cat facts I never knew until...

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

Animals have always been a huge part of my life. From scales to tails I love them all, so naturally I'm the first to recognize a cute dog or cat and easily strike up a conversation with the owner. Strangely enough, since working at The Cat Café South Beach I strongly believe cats/cat people/ cat information has begun to follow me outside of work.

Hear me out, it's not like stray cats follow me down the street in some cinematic way or anything. (Although I wish I had an army of cats to escort me around Miami.)

It's like the universe seeks me out to give and receive cat information.

So, when I bought a Snapple tea from Walmart (On my day off btw. Workdays I drink the house blend Catnip Hibiscus tea) and found the most underwhelming cat fact written on the cap, i felt compelled to come up with some much more interesting ones that they could have used instead.

Starting out, here is the picture I snapped of the bottle cap fact.

After reading this, I sincerely felt stumped.

What in the world was that supposed to mean? We all know cats and dogs have really great hearing, was that what this was trying to say? If that's all it was trying to say I felt robbed! I wanted a real cat fact. So I researched my own. Here are the things I learned about cats that I didn't already know - and not from bottle caps!

● According to popular legend, one human year is the equivalent of seven ‘cat years’, but in reality, a one-year-old cat is much more mature than a seven-year-old child.

● Every cat’s nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint

● “Tabby” is not a breed, but a coat pattern in cats. Its appearance can vary slightly from stripes to whorls, spots, and more.

● Among orange colored tabby cats, there are 80 males to every 20 females!

As it happens, it is black cat appreciation month. Not only are they good luck but they also used to be seen as gods! here are some more black cat facts.

● Black Cats are Believed to be More Resilient to Disease. There is one thing that does separate black cats from other colors. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a condition similar to HIV that plagues certain cats. Immunity to this virus is a side effect of the melanism that gives black cats their coloring.

● Many black cats have golden eyes, which is the result of high melanin pigment content in their bodies.

● Male kittens get inherit their fur color from their mothers. This means that a male born to a black female will be black too.

Reading these facts, it's clear to me that there is so much interesting information that is untold about cats!

You will never forget about your cats ultrasonic hearing though, they remind you every time you open a wrapper. They're always listening!

--- Jessica Small, Cheerful Barista, Doting Cat Mom of two (for now), and Unapologetic Feline Aficionado

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