4. But that’s exactly what cat with thumbs would want us to think.
9. Isaac Newton invented the cat flap after his own cat, Spithead, kept opening the door and spoiling his light experiments.
And when Spithead had kittens, he cut each kitten a cat flap of its own.
10. Nikola Tesla was inspired to investigate electricity after his cat, Macak, gave him a static shock.
13. Adult cats don’t release any particular key hormones during sleep. They just snooze all day because they can.
The fact that cats don’t have duvets is only of small comfort here.
21. Cats can run 3 mph faster than Usain Bolt.
Usain’s record is 27 mph. A domestic cat’s fastest time is 30 mph.
23. Russian scientists discovered in the 1930s that Siamese kittens kept in very warm rooms didn’t develop the breed’s signature dark patches.
25. Cats may have evolved their “tone of voice” to communicate with humans.
Cats’ natural vocal range would be inaudible to humans, but they communicate feelings such as affection, hunger, and fear within the range of human hearing. Some researchers believe that this is learned behaviour to help cats to relate to humans.