9 Unbelievable Facts About Felines on National Cat Day

Cats and humans have enjoyed a (mostly) symbiotic relationship for thousands of years. Though some might argue that a cat can never be truly domesticated, these delightful fur balls have become a permanent fixture in many homes throughout the world.

Thanks to social media, cats have also experienced a surge in popularity on the Internet. They’re now a part of nearly every meme, with the mere mention of cats enough to drive any content to viral status. But the life of a cat isn’t all feather toys and funny faces.

In 2005, pet lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige founded National Cat Day “to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.”

National Cat Day is celebrated in the U.S. on October 29 of each year. The goal of National Cat Day is to facilitate the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats nationwide on this day.

If you’re in the market for a new four-legged friend, today’s holiday is the perfect chance to visit your local shelter and save a life. If not, just celebrate by sharing the unbelievable facts about felines found below.

9 Unbelieveable Facts About Felines

1. There are 95.6 million owned cats in America alone (making cats, not dogs, the most common pets in the U.S.).

2. 2.7 million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters each year.

3. A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for communicating with humans alone.

4.  A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.

5. The cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s brain than that of a dog.

6. All kittens are born with blue eyes.

7.  A 15-year-old cat has spent approximately ten years of its life asleep.

8.  Unlike in America, a black cat is considered lucky in Asia and Europe.

9. You should talk to your cat often. Cats love to hear the sound of their own name and your voice.

Want to know more? Check the cool cat-centric posts weve listed below. And be sure to leave a comment telling us how youll celebrate National Cat Day!

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14 Ways Your Cat Improves Your Health

7 Things To Do If You Find Stray Kittens

Fact sources: AnimalLeague.org and the Humane Society

Photo credits: Thinkstock, Jesus Solana, O Palsson, Jun's World


Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Anastasia Z.
Anastasia Z3 years ago

Thanks )

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

love my kitty so much

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla4 years ago

Love my Joe Black, Lucy, and Niki, all adopted cats!!

LMj Sunshine
James Merit4 years ago

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine
James Merit4 years ago

Thank you.

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis4 years ago


Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago

Loved this - thank you

Grace Kennedy
Grace Kennedy4 years ago

Cats are wonderful beings.