A cat named Simon served on a Royal Navy ship in 1949 and received a medal for raising morale, killing off a rat infestation and surviving cannon shells during his service. Hundreds attended his funeral when he died from infected wounds.
Whenever a cat slowly closes its eyes and opens them again or winks at you, that means they trust you and recognize you as a friend.
Cats can become addicted to tuna and refuse to eat anything else. Veterinarians refer to these cats as "tuna junkies".
Orlando, a ginger cat, competed and won against stock-picking professionals at the stock market. The cat picked at random, while the professionals used traditional stock-picking methods. At the end of the year, the cat had £542.60 profit, compared to the professionals £176.60 profit.
The site where Julius Caesar was assassinated by the Roman senate in 44 BC is now a no-kill shelter for homeless cats.
Sailors considered black cats good luck and would use them as "ship's cats" in hopes of a safe voyage. Wives of fishermen would also keep a black cat at home as it was believed that the cat would allow their husbands to return safely.
A cat named Toldo brought gifts of affection to his late owner's grave every day for months.
Cats "directly register", meaning that while walking, their back paws land in the same spot as their front paws, which minimizes noise and visible tracks.
Cat bites can be incredibly dangerous. Due to the fact that a cat's teeth are sharp and narrow, the resulting wound can heal over easily - resulting in bacteria trapped beneath the skin.
The protein that gives cats extra toes is named Sonic Hedgehog (SHH).
In 2008 the only female in a managerial position for the Japanese railway was a Cat. Station Officer "Tama the Cat" increased ridership by 17% and it is estimated that her publicity generated ¥1.1 billion to the local economy.
Cats with the top part of an ear cleanly cut off is a marking of a feral cat that has been trapped, neutered, and released to control population.
A homeless cat sneaked into a lynx's enclosure in a Leningrad zoo, then the two became best friends.
Cats are thought to be primarily responsible for the extinction of 33 species of birds.
Cat's kidneys are so efficient it can survive on a diet consisting only of meat, with no additional water, and can even hydrate by drinking seawater.
Cats have a distinct temperature preference for their food, preferring food at around 38°C which is similar to that of a fresh kill and routinely rejecting food presented cold (which would signal to the cat that the "prey" is long dead and therefore possibly toxic or decomposing).
Cats don’t like to drink water if food is nearby. Moving your cat's water away from its food will help prevent kidney disease a very common condition in older cats.
The US government commissioned teams of artists and scientists to devise ways to warn humans 10,000 in the future of buried radioactive waste. One suggestion was to breed cats whose fur changed color when exposed to radiation, then immortalize the cats in song and legend.
When a cat brings back dead animals, it is actually acting out its natural role as mother and teacher. Human owners represent the cat's surrogate family and they are teaching us how to catch and eat prey, just as they would teach their young in the wild.
The British government has a position called "Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office" that can only be given to a cat.
Towser, a long-haired tortoiseshell female cat, is credited with killing an estimated 28,899 mice in 24 years of work as the resident pest control expert at Glenturret whiskey distillery in Scotland. Guinness Book of Records recognizes her tally as the world record.
There is a cat who visits the University of Augsburg in Germany every day to offer cuddles to stressed out students. The cat's owner lives nearby and doesn't mind her daily excursions, and the students call her Sammy, the Campus Cat.
Oscar the Cat who predicted when people in his nursing home were about to die with such accuracy that staff would call relatives.
The reason cats and snakes have vertical pupils is because it increases their depth perception while hunting at night while prey animals such as sheep have horizontal pupils so that they may have a panoramic view of their surroundings to watch for predators.
Nancy Cowen was forced to leave behind her cat Cleo, whom she had adopted as a stray when she moved into a nursing home. About two weeks later, however, Cleo managed to find the nursing home where she is now reunited with her owner as care staff intends on keeping them together.
A cat named Pudding saved his new owner's life just hours after his adoption. The Wisconsin resident originally had no intention of actually adopting one of the animals but had a strong attraction to Pudding who later that evening saved her from a diabetic seizure.
Jake Perry has been the owner of two consecutive holders of the record for oldest domestic cat ever. Creme Puff lived to 38 years old, the equivalent of 165 human years. 1/3 of Perry's cats have lived past 30.
Toxoplasmosis Gondii is a brain parasite spread through cat feces, which slows rats, and causes attraction to cats. This parasite is transmissible to humans and can cause humans to excessively care for cats. Also, infected female humans (and rats) are more likely to find infected males attractive.
A cat named Tibbles once started bringing dead birds to a lighthouse that were discovered to be a new species, the Stephens Island wren. They went extinct shortly after and Tibbles the cat was accused of being the only single living creature to eradicate a species.