We already brought you part one of our list of 15 crazy cat facts you didn’t know, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about cats that you definitely (probably) didn’t know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: They Sleep a Lot. You might be aware of how much cats sleep if you’ve ever owned one, but do you realize just how much your feline friends sleep? Cats sleep for an average of 70 percent of their lives.
Number Seven: They Can Grow to Be Very Tall. The “longest” or tallest domestic cat ever measured was 48.5 inches, or about four feet tall! You probably don’t want to make a cat that big angry.
Number Six: They Are Better Than a Trip to the Doctor. In fact, owning a cat can reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes by up to one third. It’s science!
Number Five: Meowing Is Not Natural. The only reason that cats meow as adults is to communicate with humans. While kittens meow to communicate with their parents, adult cats meow to communicate with you! The meow-re you know.
Number Four: There Were Once Cat Spies. In the 1960s, the CIA decided it was a good idea to spend $20 million to train cats to spy on Soviet enemies. Unsurprisingly, the very first cat trained to be a spy was hit by a taxi.
Number Three: Some Cats Are Really Rich. One cat in Italy literally hit the jackpot when its owner died. The cat’s owner passed down $13 million to the cat. We hope the cat didn’t spend it all in one place!
Number Two: They Have Their Own Cafes. You may have heard of cat cafes popping up in the United States, but in Korea and Japan, they’re everywhere. People can go to cafes and do their work while they have a furry friend in their lap. Aw!
Number One: They Recognize Their Owner’s Voices. Yes, your cat can recognize your voice! Even if your cat doesn’t acknowledge your voice, he reportedly can hear you, one study found. Just remember – it’s a cat you’re dealing with. They’ll care about you when they’re ready.