1. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.
3. A group of cats is called a clowder.
4. Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears.
5. Cats sleep 70% of their lives.
6. A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.
7. And one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013.
8. In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping meat.
10. Cats can’t taste sweetness.
11. Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.
12. Wikipedia has a recording of a cat meowing because why not?
13. The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long.
14. Evidence suggests domesticated cats have been around since 3600 B.C., 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs.
16. Similarly, the frequency of a domestic cat’s purr is the same at which muscles and bones repair themselves.
17. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans.
18. The world’s richest cat is worth $13 million after his human passed away and left her fortune to him.
19. Your cat recognizes your voice but just acts too cool to care (probably because they are).
20. Cats are often lactose intolerant, so stop givin’ them milk!
22. The oldest cat video on YouTube dates back to 1894 (when it was made, not when it was uploaded, duh).
23. In the 1960s, the CIA tried to turn a cat into a bonafide spy by implanting a microphone into her ear and a radio transmitter at the base of her skull. She somehow survived the surgery but got hit by a taxi on her first mission.
25. Female cats are typically right-pawed while male cats are typically left-pawed.
26. Cats make more than 100 different sounds whereas dogs make around 10.
27. A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s — more similar than to a dog’s.
28. Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that control emotion.
29. A cat’s cerebral cortex (the part of the brain in charge of cognitive information processing) has 300 million neurons, compared with a dog’s 160 million.
30. Cats have a longer-term memory than dogs, especially when they learn by actually doing rather than simply seeing.