21 Cool Cat Facts To Share With Kids [AND PICTURES!]

Seven years old reading about cat facts in a hammock with her cat on her lap.

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Kids love cat facts, and cat-loving adults do, too! Did you know that cats who fall 5 stories have a 90 percent survival rate? Do you know how fast a cat can run or how high they can jump?

Introducing kids to pets is a useful and important way to teach them to respect animals. Starting out with some cool, interesting cat facts can spark a lifetime of curiosity and care for felines. Here are 21 interesting cat facts that kids–and grown-ups–may not know that can further immerse them in the feline world!

Teach Kids These 21 Cool Cat Facts!

  1. The average cat sleeps 16 to 18 hours per day.
  2. Calico cats are almost always female.
  3. Most cats are lactose intolerant and should not be given cow’s milk.
  4. Cats knead with their paws when they are happy.
  5. A male cat is called a “Tom” and a female cat is called a “Queen.”
  6. Cats can get tapeworm from eating mice.
  7. Cats can make more than 100 different vocal sounds.
  8. An adult cat has 30 adult teeth.
  9. Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour.
  10. A cat can jump approximately seven times their height.
  11. A female cat carries her kittens for about 58 to 65 days before they are born.
  12. Cats cannot taste anything sweet.
  13. A cat’s sense of smell is approximately 14 times greater than that of a human.
  14. A group of kittens is called a kindle; a group of adult cats is called a clowder.
  15. Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw. Some cats have extra toes and are called “polydactyl” cats.
  16. Cats who fall five stories have a 90 percent survival rate.
  17. A cat’s whiskers aren’t just for show–they help cats detect objects and navigate in the dark.
  18. Cats cannot see in complete darkness, only at low light levels.
  19. Humans greet each other by shaking hands; cats greet one another by touching their noses together.
  20. Cats have sandpaper-like tongues that they use to clean and groom themselves.
  21. Unlike humans, cats only sweat through their paws. This is why you may see them leave moist paw prints in the summer time!

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