20 Fun Facts about Cats for Kids

It is a fact that kids love pets. The most common pet that is usually found in every home is a cat.  Cats are among the most popular and favorite pets of every individual and families all over the world. Check out these 20 fun facts for kids about cats: 1. Felines are animals that scientifically belong to the Felidae Family.  These include lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, cheetahs and wild and domestic cats.  A typical cat is known to round head and retractile claws. Funny kitten in carpet2. Records show that there are over 500 million domestic cats in the world.  They vary from size, color and breed. 3. A male cat is called a tom, while a female cat is called a molly or queen.  Young cats are called kittens.  A group of cats is called a clowder. 4. When kittens are born, their eyes are usually blue; but this eventually change as they grow. 5. Domestic cats usually weigh around 4 - 5 kilograms and can live for an average of 12 – 15 years. 6. Cats have four legs with 5 toes on each front foot, but they only have 4 toes on each back foot.  Try looking at a cat now. 7. A cat’s heart beats up to 140 times per minute – this is almost as twice as fast as a human being. 8. It is not true that cats are colorblind.  They can actually see colors like blue, red and green. 9. Most of the cats do not have eyelashes but a cat has about 12 whiskers on each side of its face. 10. Cats sleep for an average of 13 to14 hours a day.  This is how they conserve their energies. 11. Cats have powerful night vision.  They can see light levels six times lower than what a person can see.  They also have excellent hearing abilities and a powerful sense of smell. 12. Cats groom themselves by licking their body.  They usually spend a large amount of time licking their coats to keep them clean. 13. Domestic cats love to play.  They like chasing toys and play fighting.  These types of activities can help develop their skills for hunting and fighting. Kitten on a white background14. Cats are good lethal hunters.  They are very sneaky and quick.  They can easily chase mice or birds.  Sometimes, cats bring a dead prey to their masters.  While this can be disgusting, cats think that they are giving these as presents. 15. Cats hate water because their fur does not insulate well when it’s wet; however, they drink sea water to re-hydrate themselves. 16. A cat never meows at another cat.  They only do this to humans to communicate.  They usually spit, purr and hiss at other cats. 17. Cats can smell with their paws.  Their paws contain scent glands.  When the scent and sweat from the paws are mixed, they use this as a mark for activities like walking, kneading and scratching. 18. Cats can usually live with dogs.  While there is a notion that cats and dogs do not seem to get along with each other, a study shows that when they are introduced while they are still young, they can be friends. 19. Cats cannot taste sweet things.  This is one defect in their genes. 20. The more a person talks to his cat, the more it will talk to the person.  They can be good companions and communicators too. With these 20 fun facts for kids about cats, one can easily recognize that cats can also be considered as a man’s best friend.  They can be helpful in the house and they can be considered as good companions as well.  Treat cats as if they are human beings because cats can give back to people what is also due to them.